Result

To implement a broad rolling program of cost reducing measures. A Minister will be given special responsibility for this program and will be required to provide regular public reports of progress.

This is not the usual ‘we will reduce waste’ empty promise.  Reducing waste will happen as a part of the program but is only a small part.

Proposal/Method

The creation and expansion of existing government cloud-based services to facilitate the sharing of software services across the institutions, based on a secure private intranet.  Your data will be part of this model.  In line with our policy of privacy your data will only be available to the institutions that need it and will be restricted to the individual pieces of data required.

The automation of repetitive process, leaving people to handle only the proactive parts of the process and deal with exceptions.

Question each existing process and practice on its need to continue in full or in part, and remove or redo as necessary.

Provide a greater consistency across government web services for people and businesses.

The centralisation of processing using cloud services will allow us to reduce the need for continuously update high end local computing, reducing purchasing and ongoing maintenance costs.  This will also reduce the risk of data loss, as all data will be held securely in the private cloud rather than locally.

We will source the staff needed from the existing institutions, creating a cohesive centre of excellence for the future staffed by people with a good knowledge of existing processes and specific institution requirements.

Implement staff reduction schemes as our automation and centralisation programs take effect.

Flaws

There are frequent public examples of civil service inefficiencies, the more public the institution, the greater the number of examples.  We are concerned more about the less public institutions.

According to the government website, there are 25 ministerial departments, 20 non-ministerial departments and 388 agencies and other public bodies, all run at public expense. It is our view they can all benefit from adopting modern methods and tools to improve efficiency, including the centralising and sharing of IT services and staff reduction through automation.

 

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