[LINK] Restructure gives NOIE more autonomy
Wed, 11 Oct 2000 20:41:00 +1100 (EST)
Perhaps the person they want to appoint to replace Twomey has dug his/her
heels in and the gummint are having to bow to the inevitable pressure of
not being able to source competent people on the gummint's terms.
LANNet Computing Associates <http://www.lannet.com.au>
On Wed, 11 Oct 2000, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> 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
> Howard Dahdah
> 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
> months away.
> 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.