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Parliament committee sets out delayed digital strategy concerns New report urges clarity over Brexit impact on Whitehall's digital aspirations; improved data and departmental coordination also among core recommendations Public Services > Central government > News
Hancock takes over digital policy role at DCMS West Suffolk MP who was minister for the Cabinet Office effectively takes over digital and culture role from Ed Vaizey who has left government Public Services > Central government > News

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Home Office reassures emergency services and Whitehall watchdogs over ESN “risk”
By David Bicknell
Home Office accepts NAO report recommendations but “does not agree” on “judgement about the Department’s acknowledgement of programme’s risk”
Public Services > Blue light > News
Humber and Yorkshire forces select Sopra Steria for shared CSI needs
By Neil Merrett
Collaboration body seeks to go live with shared command and control system from next April with view of managing resources from a single site
Public Services > Blue light > News

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Central Government

Tech start-ups urged to work with Wayra and GCHQ to beef up cyber response
By David Bicknell
Wayra will run new cyber accelerator programme to help start-ups develop new wave of security systems capable of foiling attacks
Public Services > Central government > News
Malcolm Harrison appointed CCS CEO on permanent basis
By Neil Merrett
Former interim chief executive to continue work around public sector procurement reform ahead of publication of NAO value review, anticipated to be released this side of Christmas
Public Services > Central government > News

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Local Government

Socitm plays up Aylesbury standardised digital overhaul approach
By Neil Merrett
Case study argues that £4m in savings was realised by authority over a five year period by taking more simplified, customer-focused approach to service implementation
Applications > CRM > News
Buckinghamshire looks to appoint digital and ICT director
By David Bicknell
Role, carrying ‘six figure salary’, will involve “working proactively to champion and lead digital change across all council departments”
Management > CIO > News

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Healthcare

King’s Fund calls for “definitive” NHS digital funding strategy
By Neil Merrett
Think tank backs need for clearer aims and timeline around government's £4.2bn commitment to transform care following the recent publication of the ‘Wachter review’
Public Services > Healthcare > News
Cambridge trust sets outsourced commodity IT services market-test
By David Bicknell
Trust, which created e-Hospital programme four years ago, anticipates potential contract value of £140m over seven years
Business > Flexible Working > News

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Police

Home Office reassures emergency services and Whitehall watchdogs over ESN “risk”
By David Bicknell
Home Office accepts NAO report recommendations but “does not agree” on “judgement about the Department’s acknowledgement of programme’s risk”
Public Services > Blue light > News
Humber and Yorkshire forces select Sopra Steria for shared CSI needs
By Neil Merrett
Collaboration body seeks to go live with shared command and control system from next April with view of managing resources from a single site
Public Services > Blue light > News

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Education

Apprenticeship levy system relies on mix of digital development and SFA legacy estate
By David Bicknell
Digital Apprenticeship Service relies on integration programme with 60% of solution already existing within SFA
Public Services > Education > News
LGfL and Virgin Media Business hail London schools network upgrade
By David Bicknell
Upgrade project targeted 2084 schools under the LGfL 2.0 schools bandwidth upgrade project
Infrastructure > Cloud > News

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National Security

Cyber security chief warns “too many attacks” are doing “far too much damage”
By David Bicknell
Head of the National Cyber Security Centre warns of scale of attacks and admits “in terms of defending against them we are not, yet, good enough”
Public Services > National security > News
GCHQ wants to cook up ‘Great British Firewall'
By David Bicknell
Flagship project being mooted would provide automated defence with ISPs ‘blocking’ their customers from coming into contact with malware; current cyber defence "not, yet, good enough"
Public Services > National security > News

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Geographical Information

Scottish councils appoint chief digital and chief technology officers
By David Bicknell
Martyn Wallace and Dr Colin Birchenall named to help group of 27 authorities drive digital change
Public Services > Devolved > News
News in Brief – September 2
By Neil Merrett
Alpha phase of G-Cloud 9 to launch this month as discovery work continues, new information commissioner expected to take “more aggressive” compliance approach and Scotland announces ADDS framework awards
Public Services > Central government > News

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Justice

PAC: probation service ICT is “inefficient, unreliable and hard to use”
By David Bicknell
Parliamentary spending watchdog critical of impact of poor ICT on transformation efforts; wants urgent improvement in usability of nDelius case management system used by NOMS
Infrastructure > Hardware > News
Tom Read appointed MoJ chief digital and information officer
By Neil Merrett
Current BEIS digital technology director and chief technology officer will be replacing Arif Harbott in leading ministry’s IT initiatives
Management > CIO > News

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Transport

Innovate UK backs IoT hardware development
By David Bicknell
£1m available to support UK companies through programmes led by R/GA Media Group and Startupbootcamp; in the US, government agencies told to up their game on IoT security
Public Services > Central government > News
Councils sought for £2m traffic technology innovation funding
By Neil Merrett
Department for Transport sets aside funds to support councils in use of emerging smart technologies such as roadside sensors to improve motorists experiences
Public Services > Local government > News







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