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2005 target for e-government



Mike Simons

Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown will underpin the drive to deliver e-government by including electronic service...

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Mike Simons

Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown will underpin the drive to deliver e-government by including electronic service delivery targets in this summer's public spending review.

The move was agreed at a Cabinet meeting last week which decided to bring forward targets for the electronic delivery of gov-ernment services from 2008 to 2005.

The Government's new strategy was announced on Monday with a pledge "to bring the e-business revolution to the heart of Whitehall - shaking up the way government works and transforming public service quality through new technology".

In July ministers will unveil a government portal, which will offer citizens a single point of entry to central and local government and will use push technology to send messages to the public.

Monday's announcement applies to central govern-ment and its agencies, but all public sector organisations will be urged to adopt a common infrastructure to provide joined-up services.

Alex Allan, the Government's e-envoy, told Computer Weekly that the new targets were challenging, but achievable. "So far we have been setting up frameworks," he said. "Now we have got to have closer involvement with the departments to make sure they actually deliver."

Key dates in 2000

  • May: publication of Cabinet Office study into major IT projects

  • July: launch of government portal

  • July: publication of spending review

  • October: submission of initial government departments' e-business strategies to Allan

  • December: Allan's first report to ministers, which will name lead departments for cross-government service projects

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