The pre-election period (PEP) is over, and we can talk publicly about our work once more.
You may have noticed we've been blogging more than usual over the past week. We've had a lot to tell you, and we needed to do this before this Parliament ends on 30 March.
With this parliament drawing to a close, it’s time to take what we’ve learned over the last few years and work out how to pick up the pace of digital transformation in the years to come.
As some of you might have seen earlier in the week, I've just been appointed as the government's first Chief Data Officer.
Two years ago, we set out to change government. We gave ourselves 400 working days to transform 25 major public services, building digital “exemplars” so good that people would prefer to use them. Those 400 days are up.
Walking around the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) in Birmingham, it struck me that this is digital transformation done right.
Last November, HMRC published its digital strategy. Among many other things, it said: We will enhance the systems that provide and support our digital services by building a multi-channel digital tax platform, upon which all new digital services operate.
It’s easy for everyone to get wrapped up in the new, shiny services that the transformation programme has brought.
The Digital Self-Assessment service has passed its live Digital by Default Service Standard Assessment.
Yesterday we hosted our first GOV.UK Conference; a chance for all departments and agencies that now provide their information and services on GOV.UK to catch up, share ideas, and work together on our future plans.