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Glenn Archer to become the next Australian Gov CIO

The Department of Finance and Deregulation will undergo a restructure to take a whole-of-government approach to its ICT operations.

Glenn Archer, deputy and first assistant secretary to former federal government CIO Ann Steward, will step into the Australian Government CIO role, the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has announced.

Following Steward’s retirement after being in the position for seven years, AGIMO said it will take a whole-of-government approach to its ICT operations as part of a restructure, which is to be effective from 4 February 2013.

Archer will be responsible for providing governance and policy advice for ICT for the whole of government.

“As the AGCIO, Glenn will be the Chair of the CIO Committee (CIOC), the Authentication Governance Committee (AGC) and the Cross-Jurisdictional CIO Committee. He will provide support and advice to the Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board (SIGB), which will remain the premier governance mechanism for government ICT,” a spokesperson from the Department of Finance and Deregulation told CIO Australia.

“In addition to his current roles, Mr Archer will also assume the responsibilities currently held by Ms Steward in relation to various interdepartmental, intergovernmental and international committees and forums.”

The spokesperson said there will be no changes to budgets and no job losses as a result of the restructure, and expects the changes to make ICT operations more efficient in the long term.

The spokesperson said Archer has an “impressive background”, having worked in both the public and private sector. Archer became the first assistant secretary of the policy and planning division of AGIMO in June 2010.

AGIMO also announced the appointment of John Sheridan, first assistant secretary agency services at AGIMO, as the Australian Government chief technology officer. He will also have a central role in the restructure and will be responsible for the delivery and support of services, including networks, online services and ICT procurement.

AGIMO said it will provide further information on the restructure and will engage stakeholders and the public in a discussion in the coming months.

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