Government consolidates IT offices

The National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) has been announced as an executive agency, giving the office a direct link to Government decision-making. NOIE will also absorb the Office for the Government Online (OGO) in the process.

By becoming an executive agency within the DCITA (Department of Communications Information Technology and the Arts), the chief executive officer of NOIE will now be appointed by and report directly to the Minister, in this case, Richard Alston, rather than reporting indirectly through various members of Government bureaucracy.

At present, Roy Badger is acting NOIE CEO after the departure of Paul Twomey earlier this year. Alston said that the Government is moving quickly to find a permanent replacement for the position, which will now command a similar status to a departmental secretary.

The amalgamated agency will be responsible for the development, co-ordination and overview of broad policy on information issues. Its portfolio includes regulatory and legal issues, as well as the application of technology within Government administration. It will also be responsible for marketing Australia's position in the information economy on a national and international basis.

With the Office for the Government Online being absorbed, Glenys Roper, CEO of OGO, has announced that she will leave the public service to pursue other interests.

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