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Providing ICT Functional Leadership

The Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs, Colin MacDonald, is also the ICT Functional Leader for the State sector.  He has the title of Government Chief Information Officer.

The ICT Functional Lead role has been delegated to the Chief Executive of Internal Affairs by the Head of the State Services Commission.  Other cross-government Functional Lead roles cover procurement (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) and property (Ministry of Social Development).

The Functional Leads are charged with:

  • securing economies or efficiencies across departments
  • improving services or service delivery
  • developing expertise and capability across the Public Service, and
  • ensuring business continuity. 

Strong management of ICT across government is an underpinning and enabling tool that supports the Better Public Service goal of improving services for citizens.

ICT Functional Leadership spans information management, technology infrastructure, and technology-enabled business processes and services

The Government Chief Information Officer is responsible for:

  • setting policy, direction and standards for government ICT
  • improving ICT investment management system-wide,
  • establishing and managing all-of-government ICT services
  • shaping and developing government ICT capability, and
  • providing ICT Assurance across government

His mandate applies to all Public and non-Public service departments as well as ACC, EQC, HCNZ, NZTA, NZTE, NZQA, TEC and District Health Boards. Other state sector agencies are also participating in many of the initiatives he is leading.

In 2015 the GCIO set up a Partnership Framework involving key stakeholders across government to support him in his role as ICT Functional Leader.

More information about this Partnership Framework is found here.


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Page last updated: 04/09/2017