Review secures future of government ID services

Minister signals effort to extend online identity services to the private sector

A review of igovt services has given the programme new legs with development continuing for a further two years at least.

Minister of Internal Affairs Nathan Guy says the government has agreed that the roll-out will continue following a review and a decision to "explore options for commercial sector involvement". Some parts of the programme, such as the igovt logon service, have already been delivered. The igovt identity verification service (IVS) will go into operation later this year. This gives people a secure way of verifying their identity over the internet to access a range of government services.  "The review of the business case for the two igovt services shows that the programme is still viable, and the benefits are significant," Guy says. "The benefits over the 10 years from July 2009 are estimated to be between $321 million to $727 million from an investment of $65 million for the logon service, and between $320 million and $646 million from an investment of $57 million for the identity verification service.

"The programme plan has been revised and we expect that it will manage within the existing funding until the end of 2010/2011." The Department of Internal Affairs and Treasury will look at ways of extending the igovt services to the commercial sector, either as potential users of the igovt services or as commercial partners delivering the igovt services, says Guy. "This could bring greater investment into the igovt services from commercial interests, and see more people using igovt to access a wider range of online services."  The Minister of Internal Affairs and the Minister of Finance will report back to Cabinet on a mix of funding options before the end of this year.

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