Headlines: October 14th, 1999

The 30 board level Government officials charged with advancing the use of information technologies to modernise Government and improve public services have unveiled their website. The site gives key information on new initiatives, updates on activities, members and their departments, and working groups. Unlike other sites with working groups addressing particular issues it does not, as yet, publish details of on going discussions. The address is: http://www.iagchampions.gov.ukThe major role of the champions is to help to draw up the Government’s first-ever corporate IT strategy, planned for March 2000. The strategy will address issues such as using cutting edge technology in the form of interactive TV, the internet, call centres, and smart cards to reduce form filling. Income tax, pensions, benefits and national insurance are among the transactions that are likely to be at the front of the queue for electronic delivery.