Jerry Fishenden appointed adviser to Public Administration Committee

Jerry Fishenden, former Microsoft chief technology policy and strategy adviser, has been appointed as a specialist on a key government committee.

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Jerry Fishenden, former Microsoft chief technology policy and strategy adviser, has been appointed as a specialist on a key government committee.

Fishenden became IT specialist adviser for the Public Administration Select Committee on 23 November. The committee is chaired by Labour MP Dr Tony Wright.

The committee is making a special inquiry into government’s use of technology, and Fishenden will contribute his experience and contacts to the report.

The report is expected to be published in the coming several weeks. Anyone with an interest in government IT can submit written evidence.

The committee is said to be seeking a “fresh look” into the government’s use of technology, according to people familiar with the matter, rather than covering only well-known existing concerns.

Fishenden is currently director at the Centre for Technology Policy Research, director at VoeTek, and a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics.

He also writes a monthly column in Computerworld UK's sister title, CIO. In the latest column, he writes that the public sector “urgently needs to do things better for less”.

Government chief information officers have an “essential” role in generating savings, he writes, and deserve to earn “significant outcome-based bonuses” for their work.

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