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Heywood takes reins as head of the civil service

5 September 2014

Sir Jeremy Heywood has this week taken over the role of head of the civil service from Sir Bob Kerslake, who in July announced his forthcoming retirement.

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New government deputy CTO starts this week

5 September 2014

Former Credit Suisse chief information officer Magnus Falk has this week started his new role as government deputy chief technology officer, one of 100 senior digital specialists brought into government over the past year.

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Over half of perm secs attended Oxbridge, report finds

2 September 2014

More than half of permanent secretaries attended Oxbridge, compared to less than 1% of the public as a whole, according to a report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission which criticises the lack of diversity among the people running the country.

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MoJ fined for mishandling personal data

26 August 2014

The Ministry of Justice has been served a penalty of £180,000 by the ICO today for losing sensitive data.

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New CEO should report to PM, says think-tank founder

21 August 2014

The new chief executive of the civil service will only have “sufficient authority” if he/she reports directly to the prime minister, rather than Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, John Healey, co-founder of new think-tank GovernUp, has said.

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DWP denies telling civil servants how to vote on Scottish referendum

20 August 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has denied telling its employees how to vote in the Scottish referendum, after its permanent secretary Robert Devereux issued department-wide guidance on the topic.

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Online map of government property and land launched

20 August 2014

Members of the public will be able to search the government property portfolio from today, using a new tool that maps all government-held land and buildings.

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Home Office to pay more than £220m over bungled e-Borders termination

18 August 2014

The Home Office has today been ordered to pay US defence contractor Raytheon Systems more than £220m by an arbitration tribunal considering the termination of the e-borders contract.


Probation scheme faces final hurdle

15 August 2014

Speaking to the Financial Times, head of the Major Projects Authority (MPA), John Manzoni, made it clear that the MPA would be taking a careful look at the Ministry of Justice’s probation outsourcing programme.

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Chief operating officer Stephen Kelly resigns

6 August 2014

The government’s chief operating officer Stephen Kelly has today announced he will leave the civil service in November to become the chief executive of business software firm Sage Group.

John Hirst to leave Met Office after 7 years

1 August 2014

John Hirst, chief executive of the Met Office, is leaving the civil service in September after seven years in the role.