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Government resurrects Chief Technology Officer Council


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Cabinet Office has set up a new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Council for the UK Government.

The move has been announced in a blogpost by Dan Bailey, who was appointed in August as the interim Government CTO.

He said the council will consist of CTOs from across government, meet monthly and be responsible for developing technology strategies and identifying areas for development.

“The aims of the CTO Council are to make the most of existing technology resources across the public sector, align organisational and DDaT strategies, and to make the government’s transformation strategy a reality,” he said.

A CTO Council for central government was first set up in 2005 and remained active for some time but apparently fizzled out under the Coalition Government. The last meeting for which there are minutes on its publications web page took place in June 2011.

Its resurrection is the latest step in a reorganisation of the effort to provide a lead for central government ICT that began with the creation of the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) within the Cabinet Office early this year, along with a change in the responsibilities of the Government Digital Service.

Bailey said the new body will initially focus on four priorities: enterprise architecture and governance; service transformation; cyber security; and cloud and legacy technology.

It will also look at issues including duplication in government’s use of technology, identifying the existing opportunities to re-use tech, and making it easier for organisations to share knowledge, assets and services.

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