Today we held our monthly meeting for service managers that are planning to start using GOV.UK Verify. Janet recently wrote about the services that plan to start using GOV.UK Verify over the next 6 months and how, by March 2016, we’re aiming for all services that require identity assurance for individuals to be using GOV.UK Verify.
I’m writing today to tell you more about the work we’re doing to help make this happen. We set up the GOV.UK Verify service manager group to provide a forum for service managers across government to meet and share experiences of preparing to use, and using, GOV.UK Verify to allow people to access services.
We want service managers to lead the meetings and make sure they cover the things that are most useful to them, so the meetings cover topics raised by those who attend. It’s also an opportunity for the programme to give updates on the GOV.UK Verify service and the work of the programme. For example, in past sessions we’ve talked about the issues involved in matching assured identities to records held in departments, and how the different certified companies' services work.
Today, we talked about the communications and support materials we're developing for services to use, how the certified companies can use different methods to achieve the required standards, and our plans for the procurement exercise we're about to launch.
We want to make the process of integrating with GOV.UK Verify as straightforward as possible. Oliver has recently written about what else we’re doing to help teams across government use GOV.UK Verify and how we’ve created and published a guide for people working on services that plan to start using GOV.UK Verify.
If you work for one of the teams in government departments building a new or transformed digital service and want to attend, or if you want to give us some feedback on the service manager group, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.