Most US federal staff don’t feel safe from COVID at work, survey finds

More than 70% of US federal employees working on-site say their agencies are not doing enough to keep them safe from COVID-19, a survey conducted by the American Federation of […]

UK launches new search for digital chief

The UK has begun a recruitment drive for a government chief digital officer (GCDO), Cabinet Office permanent secretary and chief operating officer of the civil service, Alex Chisholm, revealed in […]

Australians’ trust in public services on the up

According to recently released statistics from Australia’s Citizen Experience Survey, in early 2019 just over a third of respondents trusted public services, while only a quarter believed that public bodies […]

Former UK Cabinet Office minister to review department

Francis Maude, who as Cabinet Office minister drove the UK civil service reform agenda between 2010 and 2015, has been invited back to conduct a review of the Cabinet Office […]

Indonesia publishes AI strategy

The Indonesian government has introduced a national strategy that will guide the country in developing artificial intelligence (AI) between 2020 and 2045. The country is to focus its AI projects […]

Union raises alarm over Scottish ministerial bullying complaints

The FDA union, which represents high-ranking UK civil servants, says it has received “more complaints about bullying” by Scottish government ministers than across all other UK ministerial departments combined.   […]

Canadian government suspends online services after cyberattack

Thousands of user accounts for online government services have been hacked, the Canadian government confirmed at the weekend. The cyberattacks, first reported by CBC News, targeted GCKey and Canada Revenue […]

Two top US officials serving illegally, accountability office rules

Two top-ranking homeland security officials are serving illegally, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said. The GAO believes that flaws in the way successions were handled mean that the […]

UK government drops exam grading algorithm in the face of public anger

The UK government has been forced to overturn exam results produced by an algorithm, reverting to awarding grades based on teacher assessments, after large numbers of unjust results generated huge […]

Johnson forges ahead with civil service shake-up

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is moving policy advisers out of Downing Street and into the Cabinet Office as part of wider plans to ensure that No 10, the Treasury […]

Saudi Arabia signs off on Artificial Intelligence policy

King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has approved Saudi Arabia’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy, which is expected to contribute an estimated 500 billion riyals (US$133 billion) to gross domestic product (GDP) by […]

UK government identity system still poses risk

The Verify identity verification programme continues to pose “notable risks” to the Cabinet Office due to challenges in delivery, according to the department’s annual report and accounts. The programme provides […]

Trump moves to restrict outsourcing of federal work

President Donald Trump has taken further steps to prevent US government departments and agencies using foreign workers following a row with the nation’s largest utility. Heads of government departments have […]

Cyber criminals targeted Australian government nearly 450 times in one year

The Australian Government has published a three-pronged strategy to protect Australia from cyber attacks. A $1.67 billion plan has been launched to strengthen protection against cyber attacks targeting Australia’s government, […]

India considers non-personal data sharing regulation

India is considering taking steps to allow citizens and organisations to harness companies’ anonymised, non-personal data, after a committee recommended that such a move would boost domestic SMEs’ competitiveness and […]

New Zealand launches government algorithm standards

New Zealand has produced a set of standards designed to guide government use of algorithms and to improve data transparency and accountability, in what it claims is a world first. […]

Four US State Department aides subpoenaed in investigation into watchdog firing

House Democrats have subpoenaed four senior aides to secretary of state Mike Pompeo, accusing them of stonewalling an investigation into president Trump’s firing of State Department inspector general Steve Linick. […]

UK appoints head of merging foreign and aid departments

Sir Philip Barton has been appointed permanent under-secretary at the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Barton will head up the new department, which is to be formed next […]

Australia’s digital ID project delayed

The Australian government’s plan to integrate its myGovID digital identity with the myGov service platform has been delayed, after a trial uncovered usability concerns.  The digital ID will replace myGov’s […]

UK unions resist ‘back to work’ push

UK civil service unions are challenging the government’s policy of pulling home-working staff back into their offices, with leaders suggesting that it is more interested in restoring city centre economies […]