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Government CIO to retire in the Spring of 2012

Government CIO to retire in the Spring of 2012

Joe Harley, the Chief Information Officer has decided to retire from the Civil Service after a year in the role, and seven years as the CIO for the Department for Work and Pensions. His resignation follows on from the news that deputy CIO Bill McCluggage is to leave the government at the start of the New Year.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said:

“I would like to thank Joe for his significant and exceptional contribution to DWP and the Government – he has been instrumental in building reform and modernising our approach to technology.

“Joe leaves us with our highest regards having secured this Government well-placed to deliver major reform in the future.”

DWP Permanent Secretary Robert Devereux said:

“I want to thank Joe for his enormous contribution to the Department’s performance. He has been pivotal in establishing commercial arrangements which give value for money, and in the delivery of major changes to IT underpinning services which are critical for millions of people every day. The IT for Universal Credit, in particular, is on track.  I wish him well in his retirement.”

The process for selecting his successor, as CIO for DWP, will begin immediately. The Cabinet Office will run a separate process for the next Government CIO along with the process that is already underway to replace his deputy.


Amanda Frewin

Research & Project Support

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