The Cabinet Office has selected Atos Origin to provide IT managed services for the Government Gateway in a £46.7m contract.
The Government Gateway is an enterprise facility, enabling services delivered by a number of public sector organisations including HMRC, DWP and local authorities. The Atos contract will run for an initial period up to March 2011.
The Government Gateway is an important part of the UK government's strategy of delivering a “joined up” government common infrastructure.
The Gateway enables the public to communicate and make transactions with government such as making tax returns.
The Government Gateway is also a key part of the Transformational Government strategy.
John Suffolk, government chief information officer, said, “I consider that the Government Gateway is a key component of common infrastructure and supports the public sector response to the ambitious challenge for shared services set out in the Transformational Government paper, presented to Parliament in November 2005.”
As part of the deal, Atos will work in partnership with Microsoft as part of the enGage project team, which is responsible for the Government Gateway programme.
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