With the appointment of four new Deputy Commissioners at the State Services Commission, ICT specialist Laurence Millar will be given new responsibilities and what was the e-government unit will be restructured and renamed the ICT branch.
"Previously [Millar] led a functional branch,” says SSC spokeswoman Karen Jones. “Now he will take on a broader role which includes performance management of chief executives and their departments.”
The deputy commissioners will also each take on a regional liaison role, but the regions are yet to be assigned, Jones says.
"Laurence is a talented manager with very relevant experience for this new role," says Mark Prebble, the State Services Commissioner. "The formation of the ICT Branch is a recognition that I wish e-government to be considered part of the mainstream, or core, work of the SSC.
"The e-government goals are important and have been incorporated into the new development goals for the State Services that I recently launched," he says. "These goals will guide the future work of the SSC."
It is too early to detail the future work programme of the branch, or to say what mix of ICT and other matters will comprise Millar's workload, but "it is likely that some of the departments [managed by the new deputies] will have an ICT emphasis and interest," he says
The new appointments will take effect on July 1. Senior roles are being advertised to fit in the new structure of the ICT unit and to assist Millar to broaden his responsibilities.