This week Mike Bracken has news of GDS’ presentation to the Cabinet at No.10 and Nayeema Chowdhury talks about sharing GDS’ work at the Open Government Partnership summit.
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This week, Kathy Settle, GDS’ Director of Digital Policy and Departmental Engagement, talks about our biggest day of traffic to GOV.UK since launch, news of an award nomination for the Office of the Public Guardian and welcomes visitors from Identity Assurance programmes worldwide to GDS.
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Mike Beaven talks the report Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger: Remaking government for the digital age, an upcoming Digital Advisory Board meeting, Thursday’s Open Standards event, and more.
Kathy talks about what we’ve been doing over the last few days at GDS, including the Digital Leaders meeting and our all-staff meeting. She also discusses Dan Collins’ tool for examining page views of FCO travel advice, what we’ve learned from the LPA beta, and welcomes several new starters to GDS.
This week Kathy talks about Assisted Digital, a visit from Kazakhstan and a look forward to next week’s Digital Leaders meeting. Along with welcoming our new starters, Kathy also talks about next week’s meeting to look at the remit of the Digital Inclusion team, which we are starting to recruit for.
Mike Beaven talks about how GDS has been helping Technology in Business fast streamers learn about coding and design, the beta release of the employment tribunal fee service and the ‘GIST’ spending tool, which provides data visualisations of government spending. Next week we’re hoping to publish performance data from the lasting power of attorney application.
Mike also welcomes new starters, and congratulates James Taylor on completing the Trailwalker 2013 challenge.
Mike Beaven talks about the new version of the homepage for GOV.UK and the ongoing work to the performance platform as we move more government services onto it with six more Foreign and Commonwealth Office services now moved onto the platform. This week Mike went up to Scotland to meet the Student Loans Company, one of the 25 exemplar transformation projects, and took a look at their transformation business case. DVLA and Land Registry also went through the Digital by Default service standard assessment, with the results due in a week or so. On the visits front we welcomed Bryan Sivak over from Washington in the US. Bryan is the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for their Department of Health and Human Services.
Mike Beaven talks about the Sprint Alpha conference where we welcomed the Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude, the Head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake, and Permanent Secretaries of the transacting Departments to discuss progress to date of the 25 exemplar Transformation projects. GDS also launched a new dashboard with information about those projects and a Quarterly update on Digital Strategies in all government departments.Sir Jeremy Heywood visited GDS to launch the Civil Service Quarterly and Mike also mentions the monthly all staff meeting with visitors from the Office of the Public Guardian and the Department for International Development.
Mike Bracken discusses the launch of the digital services framework, digital capability as part of the Civil Service Reform One Year On report and the SPRINT Alpha event next week. David Rennie from the ID Assurance team visited the Cloud Identity Summit in California, Vernon Everitt and Phil Young from Transport for London came to GDS to discuss open data and John Oates joined the Content Design team.