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Changing seats in Whitehall

Fascinating look at the regular reconfigurations of Whitehall departments. I particularly enjoyed the spoof one.

Posted in Central government

Visual bill explorer

Heroic effort by IBM to create a visualisation of US bills (legislative, not money) relating to specific terms, activities and sponsors. I don’t fully understand it, but it is the sort of thing we need to try to unpick how

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Local government and total place

The total place pilots have reported: here’s a useful collection of them all. They are worth reading alongside the NLGN recommendations on how Whitehall and local government should work together.

Posted in Central government, Local government

Management consultancy government framework

Very interesting to see who is on and who is not on the new £4bn management consultancy framework for government. No McKinsey, for example and Accenture only for HR consultancy. Also no Oakleigh / Dbi who I was talking to

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Posted in Central government, Local government

MoJ consulting spend

So PWC rents car parks to the Ministry of Justice. Lovely stuff.

Posted in Central government

DfT consultancy spend

Nothing out of the ordinary there, although the shared services overspend is conveniently not there.

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HMRC consultancy spend

Doesn’t seem like a vast amount (c£20m in 2009-10), but Deloitte has clearly won a major programme recently.

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How many people process PAYE and SA?

Answer: 18,000 FTEs. That’s a vast amount of people, but then they are taking probably £150bn in Income Tax (p86), so that’s over £8m / head or a tiny proportion of the total take. Still seems there is a massive

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How big are savings targets and why is consultancy always the bugbear?

John Suffolk (Government CIO) expects a fun year ahead. I have tried to do some back of the envelope calculations based on his items and numbers in the OEP. My italics, all errors mine. HR must move to 1 HR

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Posted in Central government, Finance, ICT, Procurement

New software frameworks signed

Interesting to see that the new frameworks are only two years (with a potential two-year extension) this should help keep up with the pace of change in technology (the frameworks include web design, for example). But the £1bn expected to

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Posted in Central government, ICT, Procurement