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Assignment of Responsibilities under the
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Division: Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO)
Grade: Chief Information Officer and Head of Operations
E-mail: barry.lowry@per.gov.ie


Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) has the leadership role for the digital agenda across Government.  OGCIO works in collaboration with organisations across the Civil and Public Service and has growing involvement in supporting sectoral digital development such as increased cyber security, the Contact Tracing App, and Vaccination roll-out.  OGCIO also leads on the implementation of a number of strategies, legislation and EU Regulations.  Current strategies include the Public Service ICT Strategy and eGovernment Strategy, both of which reached the end of their programme in 2020 and are under review, the ICT HR Professionalisation Strategy for the Civil Service, and the Public Service Data Strategy 2019-2023.  In addition, OGCIO leads on the implementation of Data Sharing and Governance Act and the priority actions from Cruinniú GovTech 2019.  The PS ICT Strategy sought to deliver better outcomes and efficiency through innovation and excellence in ICT and many of its themes continue to be relevant.  The establishment of the Vote for OGCIO in 2020 is a recognition of the importance and success to date of the Build to Share (BTS) initiative.  BTS is a significant driver of the digital agenda across a range of platforms including Government Networks, the common applications suite, managed desktop services, private Government cloud and the gov.ie portal.  OGCIO continues to expand the BTS client base as well as the range of services delivered.  OGCIO also participates in a range of internal, national and international working groups, steering and programme boards for strategic initiatives; has significant engagement with multilateral institutions including the OECD and in particular the EU, acting as the national coordinator for implementation of the Single Digital Gateway and eIDAS Regulations; and also plays a leadership role on innovation across the Public Service including through the development and application of a range of ICT policies.