The government will appoint Joe Harley Joe Harley as its next chief information officer, according to blogger Tony Collins.

Harley, until now CIO at the Department of Work and Pensions, will replace outgoing government CIO John Suffolk.

No formal announcement has yet been made. It is expected that Harley will retain his role at the DWP while leading the overall government’s IT strategy.

Collins reports today that Harley shares many of Suffolk’s views on IT and government, especially that the government operates too many datacentres.

Collins describes Harley as “widely respected” within government departments, having cut £1.4 billion from costs at the DWP in a five year period.

Harley also favours the outsourcing of commodity IT products, Collins notes, which could provide a role for G-Cloud.  He has frequently questioned the high level of government IT spending.