The Cabinet Office has confirmed that DWP CIO Joe Harley will become government wide chief information officer from tomorrow.

The news was originally revealed by Tony Collins in his Computerworld UK blog earlier this month. Today’s news is the first official confirmation.

The Cabinet Office has also announced that it will recruit a Director of ICT Futures, reporting to the Chief Information Officer.

The Director of ICT Futures role will be responsible for implementing new ways of designing and developing systems using agile methods and skunkworks environments; increasing the drive towards open standards and open source software; change the terrain for SMEs to enter the government marketplace; and maintain a horizon scan of future technologies and methods.

Ian Watmore will remain the Senior Information Risk Officer for government.

For more details, read the Tony Collins blog here.