Public sector catch-up: ideas registry needs a name, DTO launch, worst strategic thinkers?

The Mandarin’s public sector catch-up will keep you informed with blog posts and grabs from government agencies and around the web.

Finance’s idea registry needs a name

A trial version of the Department of Finance‘s ideas registry will be up next month, with several agencies volunteering to test it out. But right now they’re seeking input on what to call it. They’re looking for a name that sums up what it’s for and encourages active participation:

“It’s a cross-agency idea management system that will allow APS officers to share their skills and knowledge with colleagues in other Departments. The proposed system will provide member profiles, which can be updated with information on the APS officers’ skills and abilities, thereby encouraging greater mobility and secondments across the service. Ideas will be able to be posted and then supported or commented on by others to help develop, refine and test their relevance and suitability for advancement.”

We’re partial to “the Ideas Crucible”, but if you’ve got more helpful suggestions send them to

Communications launches the Digital Transformation Office

The DTO launched at University of Technology, Sydney on Friday with Malcolm Turnbull, Vivek Kundra and several private sector speakers on hand. There will be an interim CEO from within the Department of Communications while they search for the full-time head. The Mandarin will bring you interviews with some key people, including the interim CEO, over the next few days.

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