Mike Beaven gives the latest news on the Transformation programme work going on at the Home Office, Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and DWP (Department for Work & Pensions). Lots of GDS people are speaking at events this week, including Structure Europe, EPIC2013, Monitorama and Webexpo, and on Thursday Richard Perez, Director of the 2014 World Design Capital Cape Town, will be visiting us at Aviation House. Read more
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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.
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.
Highlights: This week GOV.UK published the government spending round. GDS hosted the monthly meeting of its senior digital leaders, including presentations from Ken McCallum from BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) and Ashley Machin who told ‘The Digital Story at Lloyds’. Last week, Mike Bracken visited the eGov forum in Singapore, while this week GDS welcomed visitors from overseas, Sixtine Bouygues and Robert Andrecs from the European Commission, and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, Bill English. Next week Ministry of Justice launches its Lasting Power of Attorney beta on GOV.UK and GDS is proud to be hosting a number of sessions at Civil Service Live. Read more
Highlights: This week’s video comes from our Transformation Programme Director, Mike Beaven. Last week the final three of our exemplar projects went into discovery, meaning all 25 have now reached discovery stage. There were two announcements about Identity Assurance this week: HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) are going to be the first department to use the identity platform, and updated privacy principles were published for consultation so we can make sure privacy is at the heart of the services we provide. We were also delighted to welcome Australian MP Jaala Pulford to GDS. From next week, qualitative user surveys will help us better understand how users experience GOV.UK.
Highlights: Savings of £10bn were announced by the Efficiency and Reform Group this week – the part of the Cabinet Office in which GDS sits. Technology and GOV.UK have made a big contribution to that figure. We also announced the move this week of the G-Cloud team into GDS, and we’re looking forward to developing the front end of those services for suppliers to government. Service manager training has been continuing, as has development of the 25 exemplar transactional services, spread out across the UK. DFID have launched a new beta platform using open data to track overseas development expenditure. Next week we’re looking forward to a major improvement in the way search works on GOV.UK – we’ll write more about that when it’s released.
Highlights: Transaction work is making progress, including the launch this week of the discovery process for the e-Gates “exemplar” [service transformation to digital] in the Home Office, and the start of writing code for the Carers’ Allowance transaction. Agile coaches are joining the Land Registry and Intellectual Property Office to work at Board level on explaining the principles and supporting the management of change. GDS visited the frontline operation of the Office of the Public Guardian – owner of another exemplar service, and the Alpha version of the training course for service managers will start next week.