To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if strong consideration may be given to the creation of a standard template on which Government Departmental and local authority websites would be based on account of the way such a measure would facilitate greater ease of access, information search and retrieval functionality and a higher take up of e-service provision as well as providing employment for those skilled in the web-technology section of the ICT sector..
– Seán Kyne.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform ( Mr Howlin) :
The Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Bill McCluggage, took up his appointment on 10 June and is currently assessing what is required to build on progress in ensuring that ICT-enabled change is delivered across the Public Service. This includes examining all aspects of eGovernment including opportunities to further enhance the provision of digital online services and the take-up of those services. It also includes examining options for the consolidation of web sites and standardisation, where feasible.