MPs have warned the U.K. government's CIO Council to clearly define their role and step up their game. The powerful Commons public accounts committee urged that the CIO Council should "become a key influence in government IT" by acting more like the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, which issues quarterly public reports on the status of all major projects.
The U.K. Office of Government Commerce has launched a recruitment scheme aimed at developing more public sector procurement specialists. The government has been under pressure to improve the quality of procurement by its central departments, with costly major IT schemes highlighting weaknesses on the buying side.
Governments and businesses outside the U.S. are leading the push to find alternatives to Microsoft Corp. for their software needs, according to a report released Tuesday by research company Gartner Inc.
Government departments in the state of South Australia will be required to use open source software in preference to proprietary software if a bill proposed by Democrat Ian Gilfillan is passed into law.