The Cabinet Office has today migrated to the government’s single gov.uk domain.
The Cabinet Office is one of the more unsexy, but critical departments, and is vital to making the Whitehall machinery run. It is currently occupied by ney government figures like DPM Nick Clegg, Frances Maude, Oliver Letwin, and Ken Clarke.
The new page describes the Cabinet office as “the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury.” It also lists a variety of policy areas that the department is responsible for, including government efficiency, transparency and accountability, community and society, national security, foreign affairs, defence and armed forces, public safety and emergencies.
As is obvious from that list it is quite a broad brush department, but it doesn’t conduct that many transactions, which was the first focus of gov.uk – the first departments on there were more transactional services DirectGov.
The Government Digital Service, who are responsible for developing the gov.uk site, are also linked to the Cabinet Office, with Frances Maude the minister responsible for them, so it makes sense for them to be one of the earlier sites to migrate over.
The Cabinet Offices becomes the 11th of 24 Ministerial departments to join the single domain. and ultimately all government departments will be accessible through gov.uk only.