HMRC scoops prestigious award

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HMRC has been hailed as a shining example of how to use technology to take government services to a new level for its Self Assessment Online success, delivered by Capgemini.

The Department won the Delivering Efficiency category at the 2009 Government Computer Awards hosted by The Guardian and was also judged Winner of Winners for the best overall government computer contract entry.

Mark Holden, HMRC's Programme Director

Mark Holden, HMRC’s programme director, (pictured) accepted the awards on the Department’s behalf at the ceremony in London on Wednesday 20 May.

HMRC chief executive Lesley Strathie said: “This is another triumph for HMRC and is further recognition that we are at the forefront of public sector innovation. Thank you to each and every one of you that helped towards gaining this richly deserved award.”

Stephen Banyard, director of Business Customer Unit, said: “This is an HMRC success story, and something that everyone in the Department and our IT partners Aspire should be justly proud of.”

The GC Awards were established 13 years ago to recognize and encourage first class use of technology in the UK’s public sector.

Nigel Martin, Capgemini Aspire CEO, said: “Scooping the award for overall winner of the Guardian Computing award for excellence in public sector IT is really something for the Department. And it’s really something for everyone who worked on the project to be extremely proud of.

Kenn van Hauen, Capgemini VP and Aspire’s programme director, is also delighted: “It’s a first for Aspire, and as we continue to work hard on the next enhancements for online services, the award is an opportunity to reflect on the journey we’re taking together with HMRC.”

You can see all the GC Awards winners here and find out more about the GC Awards on the Guardian website.

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