http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-co ... sfeed=trueCabinet Office publishes identity assurance 'good practice' guidance
Government releases series of good practice guides for potential providers of identity assurance for government services
* Sade Laja
* Guardian Professional, Monday 14 May 2012 17.04 BST
The Cabinet Office has published the first tranche of a series of guides which set out an approach for potential providers of the government's identity assurance programme to securely deliver public services online to individuals and businesses.
The identity assurance service will essentially be a market of competing private sector identity providers that will sell ID assurance services to the public sector, allowing organisations to identify who they are dealing with during government transactions. The service will heavily support the Department for Work and Pensions' Universal Credit and the Personal Independence Payment, which is to replace its current benefit system in 2013.
The three new guides that are available cover:
• Requirements for secure delivery of online public services.
• Authentication credentials in support of government online services.
• Validating and verifying the identity of an individual in support of government online services.
Speaking to Guardian Government Computing in March, Mike Bracken, the government's executive director for digital, acknowledged that the implementation of the identity assurance service was a controversial one.
He said that many people in government had shied away from it in the past because of similar issues around the now defunct identity card scheme. But he said he was confident that the amendments to the framework would be more beneficial to the government as a whole than the previous tender.[\i]