EGovernment Progress – General Projects
Although these projects are not so much in the public eye – they are nevertheless essential to the full implementation of eGovernment in Ireland. Most crucial of these projects is the Public Services Broker, which has fallen behind schedule. A number of flagship projects are delayed because they cannot go to completion without access to a completed and fully keyed up Broker service. Services such as online Passports and Driving Licences will rely on the high-level authentication service provided by the Broker and must wait until this is available. The eCabinet project seems to moving steadily ahead. It’s a key project in that it brings eGovernment into the highest echelons of the State and serves as a key endorsement of the aims and goals of New Connections.
Table Summary of current status of eGovernment Projects:
Public Services Broker
Procurement process to engage a supplier is at ‘advanced stage’
Construction work to begin in January 2003. Programme plan with time-lines within three months
Integrated Services – Donegal Integration Project
Contact Centre study underway in Donegal – to focus on unemployment, medical and Local Authority Housing services
Reach working with agencies in the Donegal Integrations project to develop model.
Integration Services – BASIS study
Content for BASIS web site completed. Usability and accessibility review completed.
Final report will be delivered in January 2003 to provide design specification for government agency services and example of best practice
Integration Services – Marine and Natural Services
Aims to provide single point of online access to commercial fishing industry. Process of linking existing sites currently underway
Exercise to be completed in Q1 2003
eEnabling the Public Service
Creation of knowledge based organisation in the context of the unfolding modernisation process
Working Group to examine common solutions using web technologies
XML draw down contract – December 2002.
Security architecture nearing completion. First major application will be eCabinet system
Work to begin early 2003
Prototype for eCabinet project – presentation made to cabinet in September 2003. Part of software system has been built and trialled.
Prototype to be piloted in first half 2003. System to roll out to Departments and go live later in 2003
Electronic delivery of legislative process from drafting of bills through various stage to enactment into law
Translations project to commence January 2003.
Prototype for processing amendments to bills using XML technology will be developed for the Bills Office in January – March 2003
Public Procurement – online tendering
Enhancements to etenders websitewww.etenders.gov.ie before end 2002
Independent review of etenders site is underway
Interaction between Finance and other public agencies in relation to administration of public finances.
Move to Microsoft office now completed. EXCEL used for 2003 estimates campaign spreadsheet work.
Technologies being accessed to allow more flexible reporting and data analysis capabilities
Move of current estimates database to MS SQL being held back to January 2003 to reflect on findings
Facilitate receipt by Duchas of planning activities from planning and other authorities.
Tenders for development on system have been received
Tenders being evaluated. Report expected January 2003.
Integrated Housing Package
Unified housing system across local authorities and online provision of housing services. Tenders have been received.
Contract will be awarded in early 2003. Development and roll out will take three years.
Public Sector Technical Communications Infrastructure
Government VPN to be progressed during 2003 to enhance existing infrastructure for communications between Departments and Agencies. Substantial progress on VPN. All elements except managed remote services ready for draw down.
Next step includes examination of traffic aggregation opportunities arising from broadband investment.
Consultancy expertise required to support development of ePayments strategy. Consultants appointed in December 2002
Report in Q1 2003
National Spatial Data Infrastructure
Integrate spatial information with all wider information-management processes across Government.
DELG assessing resource requirements of this initiative
Key to Abbreviations:
AF: Department of Agriculture & Food
AG: Attorney General
CMNR: Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources
CSO: Central Statistics Office
ELG: Department of the Environment & Local Government
ES: Department of Education & Sciences
ETE: Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment
FA: Department of Foreign Affairs
FIN: Department of Finance
IS Sec: IS PU Secretariat
LGCSB: Local Government Computer Services Board
RevComm: Revenue Commissioners
SFA: Department of Social & Family Affairs
TAO: Department of the Taoiseach
TRA: Department of Transport