Cabinet Office cuts Socitm out of e-government policy debate


Cabinet Office cuts Socitm out of e-government policy debate

Mike Simons

Mike Simons

Local authority IT managers have been excluded from policy development for the Cabinet Office's Information Age Government (IAG) strategic framework.

The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) had minimal input into the Government's consultation document, "E-citizen, e-business, e-government".

Socitm spokesman John Serle told Computer Weekly, "The Government is setting objectives, but there is a danger of it forgetting to get practitioners on board. It must talk to the people who are going to deliver the mechanisms for electronic government."

Annexes to the document show the policy for local government was drawn up by the Cabinet Office IT Unit (CITU), Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Improve-ment and Development Agency and the Local Government Association.

Socitm's official reply to the e-government document welcomed the call for local authorities to adopt specific e-government targets and link them into the Best Value framework.

However, it said, "We are disappointed that the implementation frameworkÉ provides no role for those professionally involved in the implementation of IAG.

"Socitm has been the leading provider of IAG guidance to local government and its membership, drawn from both serving officers and IAG practitioners in the private sector, represents the majority of those advising local authorities in this area."

Tim Dawes, manager of Socitm's IA Programme, called for further discussions to be held.

between CITU and all interested representative bodies to try to agree a more widely acceptable approach.

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