Why are they doing that?
In the old days, before we were born, yesterday, the answer would have hinged on Whitehall's public service ethos. Not any more.
The new answer is given on the ex-Guardian man's website by Martha Lane Fox herself:
It is a rare individual that can take a bunch of ideas and turn them into a reality in any environment but particularly in government. Mike is doing just that for me and it has been a privilege to watch.