Government CIO Andy Nelson has been officially appointed CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as first revealed by Computer Weekly.
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Nelson is currently CIO at the Ministry of Justice and government CIO. He will succeed Philip Langsdale, former DWP CIO who passed away over Christmas.
Nelson is expected to take a full-time role as DWP CIO, with the position of government CIO unlikely to be filled. Cabinet Office chief operating officer Stephen Kelly is understood to favour the role of chief technology officers in driving the reform agenda above that of the CIO.
Permanent secretary at the DWP Robert Devereux said: "I am delighted to welcome Andy Nelson to the Department as we make our welfare reforms a reality, including the imminent start of Universal Credit, the Personal Independence Payment and the Benefit Cap.
“Mr Nelson’s wealth of experience prior to him joining the Civil Service, together with his recent role in the Ministry of Justice and as Government CIO place him in a unique position to help us as we enter a critical period in the transformation of the welfare system."
Nelson said: "I am delighted to be taking on the role of DWP CIO and look forward to working with the Secretary of State, Robert Devereux and the team at DWP in delivering the transformation of the welfare system."
A spokesman from the Cabinet Office said the department does not yet have an update as to whether the post of government CIO will be filled.