https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2013/09/24/this-week-at-gds-48/

This week at GDS

This week Minister for Government Policy Oliver Letwin came to see the work going on at GDS; the Open Standards Board is meeting, and GDS people are out speaking at DARE London and Government ICT 2.0.

Transcript

Interviewer:
Hello Mike.

Mike Bracken:
Hello.

Interviewer:
We started the week with a visitor at GDS.

Mike Bracken:
We did, yes. Oliver Letwin, who is the Minister for Public Policies, probably the deepest thinker around how government works. He came over to see GDS. He had a good tour, so Identity, and Janet Hughes, and he saw the HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) work. He also spent a good chunk of time talking to the people here. It is interesting. He thought what we're doing is excellent, but also seen as slightly subversive, which he supported. So it's really good to get that help and support to engage with the policy community.

Interviewer:
Excellent. We have also got some stuff coming up with the Open Standards Board later this week.

Mike Bracken:
We do. This is big news. The Open Standards will meet again this week, the board. Part of that, they will discuss contributions to the Standards Hub, which is setting open standards for key parts of how government works.
I do not know what the outcome will be, but it is certainly worth keeping your eye on that, on our blog. Well done to Linda Humphries for really driving that.

Interviewer:
Several members of the team out speaking this week.

Mike Bracken:
Yes, doing a lot of work. Neil Williams is at DARE London on Tuesday, talking about making change happen, which is good, because he is a man who, from Inside Government onwards, has made a lot of change happen. And Tony Singleton is speaking about the work he has done since taking on the G-Cloud. He is at the ICT 2.0 conference later this week. So do try and catch either of those.

Interviewer:
We have had several new starters join GDS this week as well.

Mike Bracken:
We have. We are growing. We should welcome Anne Carr, one of our new starters. She is working as a Product Analyst. But she is not the only person who has joined us this week. We are looking for more, particularly around the work on transformation. We have the 25 transformation projects. You can see them at gov.uk/transformation, working around the country. We are looking to spread outside of just our base here, and also work on Assisted Digital, which is profoundly important. All these jobs can be found out on the website: digital.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/jobs.

Interviewer:
Until next time.

Mike Bracken:
Till next time, onwards.