The challenge of getting state agencies on board the government’s GoProcure online purchasing system hasn’t led to him giving up the the job, says e-government unit head Brendan Boyle.
Boyle was yesterday named as the new chief executive, from August, of Land Information New Zealand. Having directed the State Services Commission’s e-government unit since September 2000, overseeing the creation of a new .govt.nz portal and GoProcure, Boyle says his interest in e-government hasn’t wavered.
"There are plenty of challenges left there," he says.
However, heading LINZ – where he was registrar general of land from 1996 to 1999 – offered a promotion opportunity.
"This position is a step up for me. It’s a role I’m interested in and the opportunity arose, so I threw my hat into the ring."
GoProcure has failed to get the level of support from state agencies that the government originally envisaged. It had been hoped that 20 agencies would commit to a fully fledged online procurement system. But state services minister Trevor Mallard conceded earlier this week that ”agencies are better implementing internal requisitioning systems, which some agencies have already done, and using the GoProcure transaction hub for updating catalogues and passing transactions to suppliers”.
Boyle will inherit a second high-profile IT project at LINZ. It is nearing completion of its Landonline rollout, a $145 million effort to digitise the country's land title information .