Government CIO Joe Harley to retire

Joe Harley will step down in spring 2012, after one year as government chief information officer and seven years in that role at the Department for Work and Pensions

Whitehall's most senior IT leader, UK government and Department for Work and Pensions chief information officer Joe Harley, is to retire next year.

Joe Harley

Joe Harley is set to retire after nearly one year as government CIO. Photo credit: DWP

Harley will retire in spring 2012, after more than seven years working with the DWP and almost one year as government CIO, it was announced on Tuesday.

His departure comes at a time when the government is preparing to undergo a fundamental shift in the way it accesses computing. The government recently pledged that half of all new IT spending will go on public cloud services by 2015, while it will seek an end to multibillion-pound IT programmes such as the National Programme for IT.

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