Government Technology Services voted $24 million

Budget funds new Internal Affairs unit for pan-government ICT services

The Department of Internal Affairs' new GTS (Government Technology Services) unit has received nearly $24 million in Budget funding (pdf) to fund the development, deployment and operation of technology services across the state sector.

GTS was formed from the all of government services previously provided by the State Services Commission (SSC). Functions are expected to be fully transferred from the SSC to the Department of Internal Affairs on June 30, so this is the unit's first Budget vote.

The State Services Commission has received budget cuts (pdf) in these areas of more or less equal value.

The GTS will form part of a ninth business group within the Department of Internal Affairs. According to briefing papers prepared for incoming minister Richard Worth, the new business group will incorporate the department’s existing IT group and programme office as well as the GTS.

In February 2008, the Labour Cabinet decided the service delivery and ICT leadership functions within State Services Commission would be separated and the GTS would be transferred to DIA. The ICT leadership function, then headed by government CIO Lawrence Millar who resigned after an enquiry into procurement for the failed Government Shared Network (GSN) project, will remain part of SSC.

The briefings, which were prepared before the cancellation of the GSN, said there would be three lines of business within GTS: Identity Management Services, Government Information Services and Government Network Services. Tenders for a replacement provider of those services are now being considered.

"Responsibilities include the development and promotion of web and authentications standards, the operation of shared services (Government Logon Service, SEE Mail, Government Shared Network), the build of the Identity Verification Service, moderation of the govt.nz web domain, and a number of government web sites including newzealand.govt.nz and the government intranet psi.govt.nz."

The transfer from SSC to Internal Affairs involved approximately 85 staff.

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