Government agencies will have to have a good reason for not signing up with the Government Shared Network (GSN), says ICT Minister David Cunliffe. “If your agency doesn’t sign up then Cabinet will want to know why,” says Cunliffe at the Government Insights conference organised by BrightStar. The GSN “provides a networking platform designed to meet the needs of the State Services,” he says.
“It enables inter-agency collaboration and facilitates easier and more efficient access to information across a dedicated infrastructure secured to government standards.”
This capability reflects a “swing of the pendulum” back from the tradition of agencies working substantially on their own to a more collaborative style, where agencies will be expected to share and pool information.
This, he says, will mean a more unified picture of government and end the need to give the same information to several agencies in order to get one thing done.
This collaboration aligns with the goal of the e-government strategy, to transform the operations of government, in a way that puts the user at the centre, by 2010.
The GSN provides the broadband basis for that communication and there is no private industry alternative for a controlled-access, secure government network.
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