E-gov't portal a little further off

The launch of the e-government portal, scheduled for July 18, has been postponed until after the election due to a combination of technical and scheduling difficulties.

The launch of the e-government portal, scheduled for July 18, has been postponed until after the election due to a combination of technical and scheduling difficulties.

A “minor” problem with the portal’s search engine has led to unacceptably slow response times to search requests, and this will have to be fixed before the portal is officially released, says e-government unit head Brendan Boyle.

He says it is only a question of inefficiency and not inaccuracy. “The engine and the meta data [indexing data] put up by the various agencies work properly together. It’s just a response-time problem.”

The problem has been isolated and identified, he says, but the further work necessary on it has compressed the testing schedule, and with the looming election trespassing on the time of would-be distinguished guests for the launch it was decided to postpone the event.

The bug is likely to be fixed "in the next few days", Boyle said today.

Meanwhile, the other project that has attracted most attention, the government’s electronic procurement system, is moving ahead steadily, Boyle says, with agencies going through “workshops” to explore how they will use the system and how relevant it is to their needs.

“We have a dozen core departments and crown entities going through that phase at the moment.” That will equip them with enough information to work on their business case, Boyle says.

No agency has yet given a firm commitment to use the system, which has been named GoProcure.

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