The UK Cabinet Office reaffirmed its commitment to putting IT at the centre of its operations in the publication of its expenditure plans this week.
The Cabinet Office was responsible for publishing the 'Modernising Government' White Paper last year and oversees the Prime Minister's target for 25 per cent of all government transactions to be possible electronically by 2002.
This week the department said it is 81 per cent of the way towards achieving this objective. A spokesman said: "The Cabinet Office is taking a leading role for how the public sector should transform itself to ebusiness."
The Office aims to increase the proportion of electronic purchasing transactions made within the department to 55 per cent this year, and 65 per cent by 2002. In 1999 to 2000, such transactions accounted for 40 per cent.
Cabinet Office groups include the Office of the e-envoy, headed by Alex Allan, the Central Information IT Unit, set up to drive the government's corporate IT strategy, and the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency, responsible for providing consultancy services, which assists departments to implement best IT practice.
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