Government Procurement

WRITTEN ON Friday, December 18th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Across the Board, Design: Co-creation, Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Ideal Goverment - project, Ideal government IT strategy, Identity, Pertinent Art, Policies, Political engagement, Power of Information, Save Time and Money, Transformational Government, We told you so...

It’s time to say what we want from government IT. Let’s do this together. Let’s say “wouldn’t it be better if” about how tech affects transparency, costs and the quality of public services and how they affect our lives. @ntouk and I have long since been fed up with what one senior Whitehall official yesterday […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, December 6th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Government Procurement, Political engagement, Save Time and Money, Uncategorized

From The Times Francis Maude, the shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, has written to Sir Gus O’Donnell, the cabinet secretary, calling for a moratorium on the £100bn of government IT contracts in the pipeline. This raises a load of questions. What’s the list of contracts? Is it complete and definitive? One can imagine suppliers […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, November 27th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Government Procurement, Save Time and Money, Uncategorized

The storm clouds that lashed the fat-cat bankers and expense-extracting MPs may now be shifting over to government IT suppliers with excessive profit margins and senior government IT staff with over-generous pay packages. The Daily Mail had a pop at Mike Mackay of the Youth Justice Board in August (and fair enough, I’d have thought, […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Political engagement, Power of Information

Interesting post on transparency in government by Liam Maxwell on the Conservative local government blog: …Once you have gone through the obvious and straightforward, many of the sustainable cost savings we need to generate come through changing peoples’ behaviour: to become more cost effective, to continually recognise and eliminate even small amounts of waste. That […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, June 19th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Identity, Transformational Government, We told you so..., What do we want?

Oh hurrah. Jerry “The Thunderer” Fishenden is a free man. His NTOUK blog no longer refers to Microsoft UK’s national technical officer, but to Jerry’s own New Technological Observations from UK perspective. He’s also serving up it with hot salsa in The Register. Topic One: the Benighted ID Card Scheme: UK Identity Card 1.0 is […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, December 8th, 2008 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Identity, What do we want?

In a week that has seen the launch of the wonderful Us Now film and fallout from the Damian Green arrest it’s fair to wonder: How will the porous information-sharing made possible by the internet affect those in power? To put it differently: As we increasingly get our act together by self-organising, how are we […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, May 17th, 2008 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Data nitwittery, Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Save Time and Money, Transformational Government, What do we want?, Wibbipedia/MindtheGap

The UK’s expensive and dysfunctional clunking great fist of a centralised health records system is going to take four years longer than expected, says the NAO. According to Kable’s mothership The Guardian A £12.7bn upgrade of IT systems throughout the NHS in England will not be completed for at least another six years, four years […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, April 13th, 2008 BY David Moss AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Identity, Save Time and Money, What do we want?

According to an August 2007 article in the FT, contracts will be awarded for suppliers to the NIS this Spring. Now. But will any suppliers bid? After all: • The NIS may turn out to be a smaller system than suppliers expected and there may be less money to make out of it as a […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Government Procurement

Here’ a good idea in the feedback/whistleblowing zone: a supplier feedback service by OGC, the centralised procurement-advice tribe. Beats moaning in the wine bar (and how much of that have we all had to put with?) If it were IDEAL, of course, it would be open and independent, so you could take encouragement from what […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, November 8th, 2007 BY Ruth Kennedy AND STORED IN Government Procurement, Greener government IT, Transformational Government

Sustainability and the green agenda is an idea whose time has come globally, and it affects every part of the “transformational” agenda and the work of the government technology community – or so the attendees at a recent Ideal Government dinner agreed. The government is committed to it from the PM down, all our organisations […]


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