More on the "Identity Assurance programme "

William Heath wmheath at
Wed Nov 2 07:14:03 GMT 2011

Well, I think they're trying to spend what they need to to get their part
done. I dont think they're trying to be entrepreneurial about this: pick
winners etc. And I suspect they're right not to.

But there surely will in due course be a market in government proofs of
claims eg driver licence validity. My view is that part is urgent and
inevitable but that 's not where they're starting AFAIK


On 2 November 2011 00:01, James Firth <james2 at> wrote:

> William Heath wrote:
> > Without wishing to wave red rags my view is there's quite a lot to do
> > and no-one to do it. They're just deciding how to allocate the funds
> > this week but in the grand scheme of things I dont think this is the
> > biggest government IT overspend out there. It's a great deal less than
> > US NSTIC budget (even allowing for larger country). They've got
> > pressing deadlines for huge operational systems (notably Universal
> > Credit) which depend on this.
> >
> > But let's ask.
> >
> Fair points, which then makes me wonder whether there are any long term
> plans to sell such a service to banks and the like, or even float the whole
> venture.  Whilst the government consultation on a Public Data Corporation
> raises such a possibility for a central agency for "open" public data -
> quite wrongly, in my view - there's no such suggestion here when, on the
> surface, such an approach might work and deliver taxpayer value.
> James Firth

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