There was a skills and capability agenda under John Suffolk which stared to be dismantled by Bill McCluggage in 2010 and which Liam Maxwell finally killed in 2012. A team dedicated to resolving IT skill shortages in Whitehall.
Then consider 2010 spend controls banned recruitment of consultants and contractors without ministerial approval (initially from Mad Frankie Maude, later delegated to departmental ministers).
Now Maude is gone ... this would appear to me to be a clear indicator that he iron grip he wielded on departmental spending in IT is loosening. Other symptoms - departments not complying with GDS edict, Liam Maxwell being sidelined, GDS directionless with no political support.