SSC extends igovt ID role

Savings for taxpayers of up to $400 million over 10 years expected, says Michael Cullen

Government will now require Crown entities as well as core public service departments to use the igovt authentication scheme for any newly implemented online services.

“By requiring that Crown agents and public service departments use the same authentication system, we expect savings for taxpayers of up to $400 million over 10 years,” says Finance Minister Michael Cullen, in a joint announcement with minister of state services David Parker.

According to Parker’s office, some agencies have implemented their own authentication system.

“Since the Government Logon Service (GLS) became available for use by agencies in 2007, three agencies are now using the GLS [which incorporates igovt authentication], Auckland City Council, Statistics New Zealand and State Services Commission and 10 more have signed up to use it.

“Over the next five to 10 years (the typical ‘refresh’ cycle), we expect that as these online services are upgraded or replaced, that the legacy authentication mechanisms will be replaced by the GLS.”

The SSC says the $400m predicted savings comprise an estimated $280 million over 10 years, compared with multiple agencies setting up their own authentication; an estimated $39 million over 10 years in agency efficiency; an estimated $58 million over 10 years from reduced identity; and an estimated $27 million over 10 years in costs avoided by customers.

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