Ministry of Social Development information chief Stewart Watson says his organisation, one of the largest government agencies, is fully participating in the e-government initiative.
This follows allegations of agencies' slowness to implement e-government and lack of "engagement" in the effort, from Land Information New Zealand head Russ Ballard. Ballard made the claim at the ITANZ annual meeting last month.
Watson points to the online services already provided to the public by the ministry and its predecessor agencies.
"Significant information relating to the ministry's policies and procedures", is provided on the ministry's website, he says.
"The ministry is also delivering three online systems that allow clients to access information electronically: Job Bank, Talent Bank and Student Loans online.”
MSD has a strategy to deliver more services to its clients, he says, with “some due to be in place by the middle of next year”.
In the area of e-government co-operation with other agencies, he points to "discussions with IRD and Internal Affairs [with which] we share an interest in developing quality services to clients that we have in common. It is part of our medium-term strategy to achieve in this area.
"The ministry has representatives on e-government unit working groups that are developing an interoperability framework, known as eGIF."
Watson points to the DWI's role in the moves towards a government-wide e-procurement system, whose supplier is still to be selected.
"It is the ministry's perception that the e-government unit has taken a well-planned approach to developing its strategies and they are now starting to gather momentum. It is not our impression that there has been 'slow progress'."