Cabinet Office bans talks on Government IT

By Tony Collins

Senior officials in the Cabinet Office have banned their colleagues from talking publicly about Government IT, which will stop reformers arguing the need for radical change.

Several officials in the Cabinet Office have spoken in public on the massive inefficiencies within Government administration. They have set out plans for reducing or cutting out widespread duplication of business processes and IT.  Now senior management at the Efficiency and Reform Group within the Cabinet Office has ordered its officials to stop speaking in public about matters relating to Government IT.

Although there is unanimity at the top of government on the need for major reform, there are some in the civil service who are not so comfortable with the coalition’s plans for change.

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