Data standards in the UK government are led by the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office sounds like it would be a pretty specialized kind of unit, but in reality they get to deal with all the stuff that doesn't fit in any of the other departments – including the efficient running of the government itself.
The business of making standards work across a large community is daunting. You've got to articulate a vision of the future, acknowledge the messy nature of the present situation, and create a way forward that everyone can sign up to. Interestingly, the Cabinet Office is having to protect an aged de facto standard in order to keep the government show on the road. They've paid Microsoft £5.5m to support Windows X for another year following its official withdrawal from support.
Windows XP is thirteen years old. Many users around the world have never seen any need to move off of the platform. It's only the removal of continuing support that's forcing such users to make new plans.
One of the cool things about industry standards is that this doesn't happen. The composition of sponsoring bodies may change, and industry standards may be transferred between custodians, but the plug seldom (if ever) gets pulled. There's no incentive to end the life of a successful industry data standard. ACORD EDI Standards date back almost three decades and they are still being used today. theguardian