Technology group takes shape at Internal Affairs

SSC's Government Technology Services to merge with Internal Affairs IT

The Government Technology Service (GTS) will form part of a ninth business group within the Department of Internal Affairs and will be merged with the department's existing IT services unit.

According to briefing papers prepared for incoming minister Richard Worth, the new business group would incorporate the department’s existing IT group and programme office as well as the GTS, which includes ICT service delivery functions being transferred from the State Services Commission.

In February 2008, 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, headed by government CIO Lawrence Millar, will remain part of SSC.

"There are three lines of business within GTS: Identity Management Services, Government Information Services and Government Network Services," the briefing says.

"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 involves approximately 85 staff and new premises to house the unit are being found.

"The timing of the transition is to be determined with the chief executive of the Department of Internal Affairs and will be contingent on funding decisions to be made in the Budget 2009 round. The earliest the move can take place is 1 July 2009," the papers say.

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