Transformational government—the good news
by David Moss
From last Fridays Civil Service Network, Transformation too slow:
Data security concerns could scupper the transformational government agenda, a senior charity figure has warned.
It gets better:
David Harker, chief executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), has described how a major piece of e-government work has been delayed by the data security concerns that have haunted the public sector for 18 months.
Moreover, lessons are being learned:
Just as we start to make progress, the anxiety around data security has made departments more risk-averse, Harker told Civil Service World.
So much so, that:
Planning and preparation, including a £21m grant to CAB to get its own IT system up to scratch, is ongoing, but in recent months the DWP has expressed concern about allowing CABs 6,000 staff and 14,000 volunteers access to the online applications system.
Well done, DWP.
David Moss has spent six years campaigning against the Home Office's ID card scheme.