DWP announces providers for ID Assurance programme
Seven firms chosen to support Identity Assurance for Universal Credit
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced the seven providers selected to design and deliver its Identity Assurance programme.
The Post Office, Cassidian, Digidentity, Experian, Ingeus, Mydex, and Verizon have been chosen to deliver a secure online identity registration service for the DWP. The framework agreements will run for 18 months and the total framework value is £25m.
One further provider is due to be announced in the next few weeks, bringing the total number of providers to eight. According to the contract description, 'systems will need to be fully operational from spring 2013'.
According to the DWP, "The identity registration service will enable benefit claimants to choose who will validate their identity by automatically checking their authenticity with the provider before processing online benefit claims."
"As well as offering a safe and secure system, providers will be required to offer a simplified registration process, minimise the number of usernames and passwords a customer will need to remember and reduce the costs incurred across Government for the management of Identity Assurance."
The identity assurance programme will initially be used to support the deployment of Universal Credit when it goes live in October 2013. However, in future it is expected that identity assurance will be available to all citizens who need to access online public services.