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The Home Office has hired a director of live services, Pete Rose, who will join the department’s technology team in March.
Rose, who currently works for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, will be responsible for the management and operation of the Home Office’s live technology platforms and services.
He will report directly to Home Office chief technology officer Sarah Wilkinson, helping to strengthen its IT systems “through more sophisticated monitoring and analysis of performance, investment in timely platform improvements and updates, and increased industrialisation of production processes”, according to a Home Office email seen by Computer Weekly.
“[Rose] has deep and broad experience in the delivery of mission-critical IT programmes, services, technology and business change, and sector expertise in national security, defence and public safety,” the email said.
The Home Office is responsible for many of the critical IT systems supporting UK borders and policing, and last month it took over responsibility for fire and rescue policy in England.
This duty includes a “radical transformation” of the services, such as making collaboration between emergency services mandatory and ensuring back-office IT and control rooms are joined up.
Another major Home Office project is the e-Borders programme and its successors, which aims to improve the use of information to track people moving across UK borders by conducting checks on them at the beginning of their journey to the UK, rather than on arrival.
Last year, an National Audit Office report found that the Home Office will have spent an estimated £1.1bn on these programmes by 2019...................