Downing Street is to overhaul the ICT infrastructure in Whitehall, and give new powers to government chief information officer John Suffolk to reduce expenditure.
The Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan (PDF) sets out ways to reduce annual spend on ICT by working with smaller companies on IT projects and decommissioning existing schemes, notably ID cards.
As part of greater transparency in government, all tender documents above £10,000 will be made available on a single web site free of charge.
Furthermore, all public bodies will be required to publish "all data in an open and standardised format, so that it can be used easily and with minimal cost by third parties".
The government will also publish performance details of ICT projects worth more than £1m beginning in September.
The moves are designed to "reduce the cost structure of information and communications central government, while supporting technologies involvement, transparency and localisation".
Suffolk's new powers were not specified, but will be brought in by August, according to the Plan.
The document also details a push to "identify the cross-department pipeline of upcoming/ongoing tenders/negotiations through the moratorium and project review" in order to further reduce expenditure.
Suffolk will also work with the Treasury to agree to the conditions under which a project can be released from moratorium and recommence.
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