Editorial

GDS looks to suppliers for extra Verify help

Goes to The Digital Marketplace to gain extra resource to boost uptake and performance of the government’s key Verify identity assurance tool; it hopes suppliers will bid by next Monday for the chance to put four developers on the team to meet key targets

Posted 30 April 2018 by

GDS, the Government Digital Service, has put an ad on G-Cloud to gain extra help to get the government’s key GOV.UK Verify tool up and running.

Specifically, the body is looking for additional “development capability” help to support better uptake and performance of HMG’s identity assurance tool.

GDS is looking to bring in four additional senior developers for a period of six months, starting work at the end of May, asking them to work full time at the organisation’s headquarters in East London, joining a “multi-disciplinary digital team including user researchers, designers, product and delivery managers”. Key skills needed include expertise in using Java and Ruby and proven experience with microservices.

The four heavyweight coders need to come in, its says, to increase the number of users and cut the amount of time it takes for them to be connected to public services via the platform.

Another need it wants help on: improve the service’s reporting and analytics functions, as well as  ensuring its “interoperability with European digital-identity schemes”.

It also needs outside assistance to perform critical upgrades to Verify over the coming months, as well as improving by up to ten percentage points the number of visits to the platform that result in a completed transaction.

“Verify is committed to certain levels of service level assurance [and] availability and the on-boarding of both services and identity assurance partners that this work directly supports,” says the posting.

“Furthermore, we have committed to an increase in uptake targets that need improvements in the system journey to realise.”

Suppliers can make bid until next Monday – but please note that Verify is set to be the central topic at our upcoming Think Digital Identity for Government 2018 later this month (Friday 18th May): go here to find our how.