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GDS chief to set out plans to meet Transformation Strategy agenda

David Bicknell Published 25 July 2017

Kevin Cunnington and team expected to detail GaaP plans, including Verify ‘LOA1’, as well as opportunities for vendors to work with GDS


Government Digital Service (GDS) director general Kevin Cunnington and key members of his team were today expected to reveal details of the organisation’s plan to meet the demands of the government’s Transformation Strategy published earlier this year.

Cunnington was due to outline the vision, plans and opportunities for the tech sector throughout the delivery of the strategy between 2017 and 2020. At the event, hosted by techUK, he was expected to discuss shared platforms, data, skills and capability in the context of how government services can be transformed.

Hazel Hobbs, GDS’ director for policy & engagement was then due to discuss how GDS's work with departments is evolving and how Government as a Platform (GaaP) sits within the Transformation Strategy.

Ashley Stephens, GDS’ GaaP programme director was also due to outline what the GaaP approach means for suppliers, while GDS was then set to provide demonstrations and discuss future roadmaps for four GaaP products: GOV.UK Verify LOA1, GOV.UK Pay, GOV.UK Notify and GOV.UK Platform as a Service.

GDS also indicated that it would offer further thoughts on data and registers and host a Q&A session on GaaP in terms of product management, commercial issues and departmental engagement.

The Transformation Strategy published in February indicated the government was seeking to appoint a single chief data officer to oversee ongoing Whitehall information sharing and reaffirmed commitment to expand use of the GOV.UK Verify identify assurance platform from 1.1 million people to about a third of UK adults by 2020.

The strategy also included commitments to have 90% of passport applications completed online by 2020, a 75% response online to the National Census in 2021 and pushed a wider potential scope for the GOV.UK Verify and Pay common platforms.

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