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Chief scientific advisers provide vital expertise to help departments make informed policy decisions – not least during national emergencies. But to be effective, they must also be experts in the workings of Whitehall. Beckie Smith spoke to CSAs past and present to discover how they combine these distinctive skills.
The government chief scientific adviser reflects on his career to date and strengthening how science and policy work together in the civil service
Local proposals to implement the government’s major economic plan are required by early 2020
In rare speech, top spy Alex Younger claimed that ‘the digital era has profoundly changed our operating environment’
Boyd said he has helped to develop a "increasing appreciation of the embeddedness and the importance of science in Defra".
The department's top scientist, who will advise on fire safety post-Grenfell, must have an engineering background, government CSA Patrick Vallance said.
Chief exec of UK Statistics Authority will retire from role in June 2019
Alan Singleton and Simon Bruno were fatally shot while undertaking a routine inspection on 22 November 1993
Government urged to boost life chances for youngsters battling adversity and save money at the same time
Role of government’s central digital team is evolving but central oversight is still required on policies such as IT disaggregation, minister tells PublicTechnology
The government said it would "think creatively about current and future challenges relating to cyber skills" in response to a joint select committee report.
Department is looking for a range of external suppliers to support work on its Technology Platforms for Tomorrow rollout
Treasury guidance encourages departments to offer “unreasonable certainty in timelines, costs and benefits”, IfG report finds
National Cyber Security Centre annual report reveals it has dealt with 1,100 cyber attacks in its first two years
Department call matched by new NHS Digital framework on data and technology standards
The science chief will advise on areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, space technology and chemical, biological and missile defence
Rollout of equipment in the early stages but come in response to a growing number of abusive incidents during site inspections
Tom Smith, managing director of the ONS Data Science Campus, tells CSW's sister title PublicTechnology how and why he wants to 'move the needle' for the use of data across the public sector
Five of the service’s seven existing commercial partners will assume responsibility for the product
Carole Mundell is the first departmental science adviser to be appointed since Patrick Vallance became government chief scientific adviser in April
The 2017 Commercial Award went to a team who supported "22 feisty local authorities" to reduce waste through innovative technology and collaborative working. Naomi Larsson finds out more
PAC chair Meg Hillier says department has “very serious questions” to answer over delayed rollout of emergency communications system
The emergency services’ outgoing Airwave network will stay in place for at least three years
In a special report looking at the Government Major Projects Portfolio, CSW brings you a snapshot of progress across four categories: infrastructure and construction, transformation and service delivery, information and communications technology, and military capability. This first section looks at three transformation and service delivery across government