NZ: public consultation and vendor opportunity
In my presentation “Government As A Privacy-Protective Identity Provider: The New Zealand Case” at RSA Conference Europe last week, I had mentioned that public consultation is an important element for governments to achieve their transparency and trust policy objectives.
The Department of Internal Affairs has today begun a new round of that process in New Zealand (the previous one was in 2003). According to their press release, “The Government is proposing a new service that will allow people to prove their identity to government agencies online and in real time to a high level of confidence…The aim is to gather feedback from potential users about how this new service might work for them.”
The service will be rolled out under the banner of “igovt” which is the working title for all of the online authentication services being developed by the Authentication Programme, including the Government Logon Service.
Last date for submissions is 7 December. No doubt the press in NZ will have much to say about the proposed service well before that date.
In addition, the State Services Commission (which leads the e-government programme) has invited expressions of interest from interested vendors and partners in the design, build, and/or operation of the service.
The Dominion Post covered this in an article with the title “Government, businesses may share online ID system” to highlight its view that “…the system might also be made available to businesses, which could use it to improve the security of commercial online services…”
Interested vendors and partners need to register with the Government Electronic Tenders Service and then search for ICNNZ Ref 19679 to access the information document.
The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 12 November. Indeed, according to m-net, not submitting an expression of interest leads to a risk that companies and vendors could miss out becoming a supplier to the project altogether.