Government loses chief digital officer

Shetler quits Digital Transformation Agency

The government’s chief digital officer, Paul Shetler, has resigned.

The Digital Transformation Agency confirmed today that Shetler had resigned as CDO. Shetler was appointed to the role on 22 October as part of the creation of the Digital Transformation Agency.

Shetler was the inaugural CEO of the Digital Transformation Office. The creation of the DTO was spearheaded by Malcolm Turnbull when he was communications minister. In late October the government announced that the DTO would become the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).

Nerida O’Loughlin was appointed the DTA’s interim CEO.

The change from DTO to DTA has seen ICT policy and ICT procurement functions currently overseen by the Department of Finance shifted to the new agency, which sits within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Before joining the DTO, Shetler was a director of the UK's Government Digital Service, and, prior to that, the CDO of the UK Ministry of Justice.

“Paul’s wealth of knowledge and international experience in the field of digital services has been invaluable to the government’s digital ambitions,” O’Loughlin said in a statement.

“His creativity and vision have been a great inspiration and have been crucial in helping the government to deliver the first phase of its digital transformation agenda.”

Shetler has overseen a number of digital initiatives by the federal government, including the launch of a Digital Marketplace service for government procurement and work on a digital service standard.

O’Loughlin said the DTA expects to fill the CDO role in the new year.

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