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Defence restructures CIOG

by Paris Cowan •
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The Department of Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) has undergone a significant restructure, with the aim of delivering greater efficiency in project delivery. The changes took effect on 1 July 2011.

The restructure follows on from a review which advised that immediate changes needed to take place within the office to avoid shortfalls in the delivery of its wide ranging program of work.

“A recent review, commissioned by the CIO, identified that there was a risk for ICT projects to slip if significant factors such as better control and visibility of resources, interdependencies and project intensity were not addressed,” a Defence spokesperson told Intermedium.

As a result, the projects forming the CIOG’s Integrated Program of Work (IPW) have been grouped into 18 Programs of Work. The composition of each of the 18 clusters has been determined through the identification of commonalities between projects which can be leveraged to achieve greater cooperation and efficiency.

“The restructure will better align Defence ICT project teams under senior officers responsible for those projects and improve their visibility and control of resources, interdependencies and project intensity,” said the spokesperson.

‘Senior Responsible Officers’ have been drawn from the five-member CIOG Executive and oversight of the work clusters has been distributed amongst them.

Intermedium understands that Chief Information Officer Greg Farr will oversee two programs; Head of the ICT Development Division, Anne Brown will oversee two programs; Chief Technology Officer Matt Yannopoulos will oversee two programs; Head of the ICT Reform Division Clive Lines will take on three programs and Head of the ICT Operations Division Major General Mike Milford will take on six programs.

Defence has stressed that no job losses will occur as a result of the restructure.

“The planned restructure is simply a re-alignment of the current organisational structure and will include moving ‘as is’ functions from one area of the organisation to another. Consequently, reskilling and retraining will not be required. The restructure is expected to be complete by 1 July 2011 and will not result in any job losses,” said a spokesperson for the Department.

Farr is understood to have advised industry members that the changes do not necessarily represent a permanent solution, but may instead be an interim or medium term arrangement.

The CIOG Integrated Program of Work plays a crucial role in the realisation of Defence’s Strategic Reform Program, which aims to find $20 billion in efficiency savings over 10 years, to be reinvested into Defence capability.


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