Have these Cabinet Office officials been muzzled?

A ban on officials at the Cabinet Office giving talks on matters relating to Government IT could stop further disclosures by:- Andrew Tait, Deputy Director Data Centre Strategy, G-Cloud and Apps Store at the Office of the Government CIO, Cabinet...

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A ban on officials at the Cabinet Office giving talks on matters relating to Government IT could stop further disclosures by:

- Andrew Tait, Deputy Director Data Centre Strategy, G-Cloud and Apps Store at the Office of the Government CIO, Cabinet Office

- John Suffolk, Government CIO, Cabinet Office

- David Pitchford, Executive Director of Major Projects,  Efficiency and Reform Group, Cabinet Office.

What Andrew Tait has said recently 

Andrew Tait,  in an interview, said that 90,000 government servers run at less than 10% utilisation. He said that 85% of all applications in the public sector would be suitable for running on a public cloud. "The G-Cloud potentially represents the biggest transformation for public sector ICT in the past 20 years."

What John Suffolk has said recently  

The Government CIO John Suffolk revealed that his team and ministers have only limited control over rationalising the public sector's annual IT spend of £17bn. He also disclosed that the Cabinet Office is reviewing the UK's interpretation of EC procurement rules, that £1.2bn a year can be saved by a switch to G-Cloud, and that more than 8,000 data centres could be whittled down to about 12.

What David Pitchford said recently

David Pitchford told a recent conference what he has discovered so far on the reasons for the failure of UK Government projects;

1.Political pressure
2.No business case
3.No agreed budget
4.80% of projects launched before 1,2 & 3 have been resolved
5.Sole solution approach (options not considered)
6.Innovation gamble (never been done before)
7.Lack of Commercial capability  - (contract / administration)
8.No plan
9.No timescale
10.No defined benefits

He also said: "Nobody in the UK Government seems to know how many projects they have on the books, nor how much these are likely to cost”.

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Now that a ban is in place, there are unlikely to be further disclosures like these. This is open government in practice. 

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