[LINK] Restructure gives NOIE more autonomy
Wed, 11 Oct 2000 10:33:35 +0200
Is it just my suspicious mind or do other have a sense of unreality about
the various statements in this piece of reporting?
A statement from Alston said the government is moving quickly to fill
this position, though some believe the decision is still months away.
Twomey went in July. Suppose the decision is made in two months. That is
about 5 months after Twomey left. Is the word "quickly" appropriate here?
And hands up those who believe Glenys Roper's comments.
Restructure gives NOIE more autonomy
11/10/2000 04:42 PM
The Federal Government has boosted the role and responsibilities of the
National Office for Information Economy (NOIE), and the Office of
Government Online (OGO) will no longer be a separate entity.
Under the restructure, effective immediately, OGO has been incorporated
into NOIE. In turn, NOIE will become an executive agency within the
Department of Communications Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA).
Executive agencies are established to create a degree of independence from
departmental management. The head of an executive agency is appointed by,
and directly accountable to, the minister responsible for the agency.
The agency head will be the CEO of NOIE. IT minister Richard Alston will
have to appoint a new CEO following the departure of Paul Twomey in July.
Rod Badger has been acting CEO, but is unlikely to be appointed to the
permanent role. A statement from Alston said the government is moving
quickly to fill this position, though some believe the decision is still
Alston said the new executive agency will continue doing the work OGO and
NOIE have done to develop strategies and advise the government on
information economy issues.
Although this has signalled the end of OGO as a separate entity, OGO CEO
Glenys Roper described the decision to merge with NOIE as excellent. "This
strengthens the two by putting them together," she told Newswire. Roper
said this was especially the case as OGO and NOIE share common areas of
interest. According to Roper, under the new structure OGO projects would be
delivered a lot faster.
Roper also announced today that she will be departing OGO at the end of the
month. However, she said her decision was not influenced by the
restructure. "The timing has been good for me," she said "I have spent
three years here. It has been a great job and I have enjoyed it, but it is
now time to look at other options." These options are not in the Australian
public sector, she added.