Cabinet Office, ICT and the Government Digital Service

The UK's Cabinet Office (CO) supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and ensures the effective running of government.

Duties include taking responsibility for the government's ICT strategy as well as the Government Digital Service (GDS). The GDS helps government make digital services and information simpler, clearer and faster. GDS put users' needs before the needs of government.

One of the key areas GDS is working on is eID (electronic identity). This is an important project to ensure that government can deliver the appropriate services online to the citizens who are entitled to them. This includes pensions and benefits.

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Cabinet Office Responsibilities

The Cabinet Office is also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and takes the lead in critical policy areas including:

  • supporting collective government, helping to ensure the effective development, coordination and implementation of policy;
  • promoting efficiency and reform across government through innovation, better procurement and project management, and by transforming the delivery of services;
  • promoting the release of government data, and making the way government works more transparent;

Key objectives

The UK Government's efficiency, transparency and accountability programme aims to save money, strengthen people’s trust in government and encourage greater public participation in decision-making.

This means that government procurement programmes must get smarter. The CO is the government department leading this strategy and policies include:

  • Reforming the constitution and political system

Ending discrimination and making the political and constitutional system more accountable, more efficient, and more effective.

  • Improving the transparency and accountability of government and its services

Publishing government data, improving the accessibility of data and helping businesses use data to create new products and services.

  • Helping government departments improve their efficiency and performance to save the taxpayer money

Saving taxpayer money by reducing fraud, error, and debt in the public sector, and making the way government works more efficient and effective.

  • Buying and managing government goods and services more efficiently and effectively

Changing the way government buys goods and services to save money and support the economy.

  • Transforming government services to make them more efficient and effective for users

Improving government services and increasing the amount of public service mutuals to make services more effective for users.

  • Managing major projects more effectively

Improving the way major projects in government are managed, so projects are carried out more efficiently and effectively.

  • Creating an exceptional civil service - less bureaucratic and more skilled, digital and unified

Reforming the civil service to make sure it is capable of meeting any challenge.

UK Government ICT strategy

The Civil Service Reform Plan set out the need to move to a “digital civil service” - Digital by Default in skills, style and how citizens use services to interact with government. Following on from that, the Government ICT Strategy was published in November 2012. It set out a clear vision for digital services so straightforward and convenient that all those who can use them prefer to do so. These services would be more efficient and cost-effective, delivering on the government’s Efficiency and Reform agenda.

The Government ICT Strategy established 14 clear actions. In December 2012, each department published its own Departmental ICT Strategy, corresponding to the 14 actions.

Strategic Implementation Plan on ICT

The UK Government's Strategic Implementation Plan on ICT planning and deployment provides a reference for central government and is designed to be read alongside the Government ICT Strategy

The Government’s ICT Strategy and Strategic Implementation Plan will deliver better public services for less cost.  Through reuse and sharing of our ICT assets, we will improve productivity and efficiency, reduce waste and the likelihood of project failure.

This in turn will improve and open up public service delivery by supporting online transactional services for citizens and businesses, and create channels for collaboration and policy debate.

Information Services and Information Technology (IS/IT)

The Cabinet Office also leads on public procurement opportunities with UK government in accordance with the UK government's drive for greater transparency and engagement with businesses of all sizes, including SMEs.

As part of the transparency agenda, the government has made the following initial commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:

  • all new central government ICT contracts over the value of £10,000 to be published in full online from July 2010;
  • all new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge;
  • new items of central government spending over £25,000 to be published online from November 2010;
  • all new central government contracts to be published in full from January 2011

Contract opportunities are published on the Business Link Contracts Finder. You can also contact the Cabinet Office's Central Procurement Team 

Website

 www.gov.uk/government/organisations/cabinet-office