UK.gov confirms: Yes, our former DWP perm sec will join Salesforce


The government has confirmed that former permanent secretary of the Department of Labor and Pensions, Robert Devereux, has cornered the ethics of SaaS Outfit Salesforce as a veep of the global public sector.

The British part-time British official movement The position was first revealed by The Register in June.

The former permanent secretary was one of the key people behind the increase in the state pension age to 68 years, but Devereux himself retired at the age of 61. his salary of £ 185,000 in 2017. It was reported that his retirement pension was £ 1.8m in 2010/11.

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Devereux told the advisory committee on business appointments (PDF) the role he tempted when he left early retirement "will largely be a combination of leadership and thinking strategy, especially in the first year".

"will draw upon his knowledge of the government's general concerns about value for money and more for less, in helping Salesforce think and demonstrate the strengths of its products and their likely appeal within the public sector, both in the United Kingdom as in the rest of the world. "

Salesforce's initial approach to Devereux came through a former DWP staff member (who worked in the IT group between 2007 and 2015), Devereux informed the committee.

Devereux also added that he had met his former co-worker "once or twice as many other colleagues in the department and was unaware he had joined Salesforce until he was contacted years after leaving DWP."

According to the letter, the Department of Labor and Pensions, which is responsible for the welfare, pension and child support policy in the United Kingdom, has an IT budget of £ 800m. . The department currently has two contracts with Salesforce, including a £ 42,350 agreement that provides support for its Pensionwise service and a £ 5m Mulesoft Anypoint Platform subscription from January 28, 2019 to January 27, 2021. Devereux did not participate in the process of acquiring any of them. [19659002] The former Permanent Secretary told the committee that he will not have any dealings with his former department, that he will not use his contacts in this role and that he will not pressure the government on behalf of Salesforce.

The committee said the prime minister had accepted His advice. Devereux's appointment should not be based on any privileged information and "for two years since the last day he left the Crown, he should not personally participate in any lobbying activity."

Devereux left the government 19 months ago.

The Registry has requested a comment from Salesforce.

The appointment is the last of several senior civil service chiefs fleeing the government to join large cloud companies in the United States.

Former head of acquisitions Bill Crothers also joined Salesforce as an advisor in 2017. Last year, The Register revealed exclusively that the UK's technology advisor, Liam Maxwell, joined Amazon Web Services, an efficient tax service in the cloud.

He was followed in May by Alex Holmes, the deputy director of cybersecurity in the Department of Culture, Media and Sports.

Salesforce recently hosted government ministers at an event in their offices.

Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden and Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defense, People and Veteran visited Salesforce to learn how the company supports those who have served in the military at the end of last month

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