MPs to debate bill before Gateway

The government announced last week that it is pressing ahead with legislation to introduce ID cards - but this is before the...

The government announced last week that it is pressing ahead with legislation to introduce ID cards - but this is before the scheme has passed its "Gateway One" review by the Office of Government Commerce. 

The bill is expected to have passed through the House of Commons before the Gateway One review is conducted later this year.

Gateway One is part of the six-stage review in which high-risk public sector projects are assessed as ready or not to proceed to the next phase.

To pass Gateway One, a review team appointed by the OGC must be confident that the business case is complete and robust, and in principle meets the business need, is affordable, achievable, and is likely to achieve value for money. The senior responsible owner of the project should answer satisfactorily questions such as:

  • Have the major risks been identified and are there outline risk management plans?
  • Have the "worst case" implications associated with these risks been assessed?
  • Are the scope, scale and requirements realistic, clear and unambiguous?
  • Can planning assumptions, including timescales and impact of interfacing projects be confirmed?
  • Is there full accountability?

A "regulatory impact assessment" of the ID Cards Bill, published last week, said a revision of the cost/benefit analysis of the scheme is due to be completed later in 2005, at the end of a project definition phase, when a Gateway One review will be conducted. The bill is expected to have already been passed through the House of Commons by early autumn.

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