Quarkside

21/11/2012

LAs frozen out of IdAP

Filed under: Local Government,Policy — lenand @ 12:04 am
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Quarkside has heard that the Cabinet Office do not want Local Authorities (LAs) to compete in the Identity Assurance market against the private sector. This is strange because LAs could be more cost effective, given access to standardised private sector products or services.  Assuming that DWP will pay for Id Assurance, couldn’t any of the seven companies on the Id Assurance Programme (IdAP) framework ask LAs to front enrollment for their products?

LAs probably have the most capable local enrollment infrastructure – with the possible exception of Job Centres or some Post Offices.  Many towns with over 100,000 population, no longer have a General Post Office.  For example, Woking residents now have to dive down to a basement of WH Smiths.  What the policy makers have not accepted is that certain levels of trust should have face to face enrollment.  If somebody is receiving benefits of tens of £ thousands each year, wouldn’t eyeballing the person increase the level of trust in credentials presented at later stages?

Quarkside’s suggestion for a process that sets financial trust levels based on the transaction values may not be all that crazy.  Could it have a significant impact on fraud reduction?

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