The UK Cabinet Office (CO) supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and ensure the effective running of government.
Cabinet Office Responsibilities
The Cabinet Office is also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and takes the lead in critical policy areas including:
- supporting collective government, helping to ensure the effective development, coordination and implementation of policy;
- supporting the National Security Council and the Joint Intelligence Organisation, coordinating the government’s response to crises and managing the UK’s cyber security;
- promoting efficiency and reform across government through innovation, better procurement and project management, and by transforming the delivery of services;
- promoting the release of government data, and making the way government works more transparent;
- creating an exceptional Civil Service, improving its capability and effectiveness;
The UK Government's efficiency, transparency and accountability programme aims to save money, strengthen people’s trust in government and encourage greater public participation in decision-making.
This means that government procurement programmes must get smarter. The CO is the government department leading this strategy and policies include:
Reforming the constitution and political system
Ending discrimination and making the political and constitutional system more accountable, more efficient, and more effective.
Improving the transparency and accountability of government and its services
Publishing government data, improving the accessibility of data and helping businesses use data to create new products and services.
Helping government departments improve their efficiency and performance to save the taxpayer money
Saving taxpayer money by reducing fraud, error, and debt in the public sector, and making the way government works more efficient and effective.
Buying and managing government goods and services more efficiently and effectively
Changing the way government buys goods and services to save money and support the economy.
Transforming government services to make them more efficient and effective for users
Improving government services and increasing the amount of public service mutuals to make services more effective for users.
Managing major projects more effectively
Improving the way major projects in government are managed, so projects are carried out more efficiently and effectively.
Creating an exceptional civil service - less bureaucratic and more skilled, digital and unified
Reforming the civil service to make sure it is capable of meeting any challenge.
Government ICT strategy
The Civil Service Reform Plan set out the need to move to a “digital civil service” - Digital by Default in skills, style and how citizens use services to interact with government. Following on from that, the Government ICT Strategy was published in November 2012. It set out a clear vision for digital services so straightforward and convenient that all those who can use them prefer to do so. These services would be more efficient and cost-effective, delivering on the government’s Efficiency and Reform agenda.
The Government ICT Strategy established 14 clear actions. In December 2012, each department published its own Departmental ICT Strategy, corresponding to the 14 actions.
Strategic Implementation Plan on ICT
The UK Government's Strategic Implementation Plan on ICT planning and deployment provides a reference for central government and is designed to be read alongside the Government ICT Strategy
The Government’s ICT Strategy and Strategic Implementation Plan will deliver better public services for less cost. Through reuse and sharing of our ICT assets, we will improve productivity and efficiency, reduce waste and the likelihood of project failure.
This in turn will improve and open up public service delivery by supporting online transactional services for citizens and businesses, and create channels for collaboration and policy debate.
Information Services and Information Technology (IS/IT)
The Cabinet Office also leads on public procurement opportunities with UK government in accordance with the UK government's drive for greater transparency and engagement with businesses of all sizes, including SMEs.
As part of the transparency agenda, the government has made the following initial commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:
- all new central government ICT contracts over the value of £10,000 to be published in full online from July 2010;
- all new central government tender documents for contracts over £10,000 to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge;
- new items of central government spending over £25,000 to be published online from November 2010;
- all new central government contracts to be published in full from January 2011
Movers and shakers
The Next Generation Shared Services Strategy outlines how government departments and arms-length bodies will work together to share functions such as HR, procurement, finance and payroll to deliver potential savings of between £400 and £600 million a year in administration costs.