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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has today confirmed the resignation of Liam Maxwell, though the UK government’s top tech advisor will work his notice period and not leave until October. As exclusively revealed by The Register earlier this week, Maxwell is set to swap life in the public sector for a …

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    Sure, we're heard of them ... they are just a list of things to walk around but they look nice posted on the wall. Kinda scary in detail which is why I always walk around them.

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Regulations?

      Hmm! Regulations, regulations?

      Ohh it's a sort of a list thingy that tells other people what to do isn't it?

      I would never do anything untoward of course.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Absolutely Scandalous

    Mr Maxwell has changed data classification policy across government to suit Amazon Web Services. There used to be a handful of providers previously, but now there are only two. I'm sure that when contracts are up for renewal, government will be able to negotiate good terms and conditions...

    Also, how much money has been actually saved by these "transformation" projects to AWS?

    I wonder how much money HMRC are paying AWS, I'm 100% sure it's more than AWS pays HMRC.

  3. steviebuk Silver badge


    ....who wants to put a bet on that all cloud hosting within the government will now switch to AWS?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: So...

      They already have, that’s the problem. There are major programmes underway at Home Office, Ministry of Justice, DWP, HMRC and others.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: So...

        These arrangements must be put under scrutiny. Scrap these deals immediately, or at least put them on hold at Amazon's cost as they've courted and introduced a massive conflict of interest.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Business Appointment Rules

    See point 3. Has the Civil Service Code been breached?

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      Re: Business Appointment Rules

      Do you mean this bit:

      the risk of a former official improperly exploiting privileged access to contacts in government

      Because for starters, that's not listed as a rule, it's something that the rules are intending to avoid, and the way that it's avoided is by limiting what he can do for the first two years in his new job.

      Secondly, if you read carefully it applied to the "former official", which he isn't, yet.

      So, if he doesn't keep to the rules which the Civil Service chooses to place on him, then he would be in breach of the code, but as he hasn't started that job yet, it's a bit early to tell.

  5. tiggity Silver badge

    revolving doors

    Between (essentially govt appointed roles) and industry has long been a thing.

    It is almost invariably the case that a person moves to a company that has (obviously coincidentally) benefited a lot from that persons decisions whilst in their "gov" role.

    Just look through back issues of Private Eye (they also focus a lot on similar scenarios in defence procurement, top military bods move from equipment buying roles to working for companies they purchased kit from)

    A combination of the rules currently in place coupled with the feeble interpretation of them is not great, in many peoples view.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Director Of International Government Transformation

    Maybe he's been fingered to go to France - maybe to represent the Foreign Office Unaffiliated Transformation Unit.

  7. gerryg

    What one needs here is a long memory

    Let's go back to 2009 and a Centre for Policy Studies pamphet about data, written by a Councillor and the Lead Member for Policy and Performance at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead - yes, that will be Liam Maxwell

    In "It's Ours" (pdf) he argued that the Government should give people back their ability to control their data (such as medical records) that the government traditionally holds.

    However, it seems, when offered the chance to work in government (he started in Cabinet Office and then the Government Digital Service) these were just the first steps in his Damscene conversion to "It's not ours - it's not even government's - it's any bloody multinational with a cloud"

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