On Wednesday 11 September, BCS Membership Director David Evans joined a top notch panel, co-hosted by BCS and PICTFOR (the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum, an Associate Parliamentary Group) to discuss the government’s Digital by Default agenda.
Also on the panel were Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office; Peter Measey, CEO of Radtac and a committee member of our Agile SG; Stephen Mosley MP, Member of the Science & Technology Select Committee; and Liam Maxwell, the Government’s Chief Technology Officer. Chi Onwurah, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, chaired the debate.
The discussion was timely given the recent National Audit Office (NAO) report criticising the government’s Universal Credit programme. Contrary to the negativity of the NAO report, the panel discussion was very much focussed on the benefits that the coalition government’s ICT strategy aiming to “bring Whitehall into the 21st century” focused on making government technology cheaper, more transparent, more innovative and flexible.
The words of Rt Hon Francis Maude MP Minister for the Cabinet Office, have never been more relevant “Digital is not another channel, it is the delivery choice for this generation.” And that channel is precisely what the Government Digital Service is going to deliver through multidisciplinary teams, working with agile methods and focussing on user need, and BCS is positioning itself in support of this agenda.