DWP CIO Joe Harley appointed as government CIO


DWP CIO Joe Harley appointed as government CIO

Angelica Mari

Joe Harley, the CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions is also to take on the top job in public sector IT as the new government chief information officer.

Despite both departments repeatedly denying his appointment last week, the Cabinet Office has today confirmed that Harley has the job, with the improvement of IT delivery and cost effectiveness as the main goal.

According to an official announcement, Harley will report to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and Ian Watmore, the chief operating officer of the Efficiency and Reform Group within the department. Watmore was the first person to hold the government CIO job, before leaving Whitehall for a brief time as CEO of the Football Association..

Harley will also work closely with the government's digital director, Chris Chant.

In his new role, Harley will chair the public sector-wide CIO Council and have a say in all new senior IT appointments in central government. In the new set-up, Bill McCluggage is set to remain as the deputy CIO.

Despite all the belt-tightening and job losses across the UK public sector, the Cabinet Office also announced it is on the lookout for a "director of ICT futures."

Reporting to the CIO, the new role will cover areas including the introduction of agile methods and "skunkworks" environments to systems development, as well as pushing increased use of open-source tools and encouraging SMEs to enter the government supplier market.

Harley succeeds John Suffolk in the role. He left the civil service at the end of last year and is now working as an advisor to the World Bank.

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