Written answers

Wednesday, 28 September 2005

Department of Finance

Information Society Initiative

9:00 pm

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Leader of the Opposition; Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 463: To ask the Minister for Finance the number of projects developed under the information society initiative in 2004, including those intended to go live in 2004; the funding allocated to each project and the amounts drawn down for each project in 2004; the information society projects intended to be developed in 2005; the date when they are due to go live; the funding allocated for each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24303/05]

Photo of Brian CowenBrian Cowen (Minister, Department of Finance; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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Overall Government policy on the information society was initially set out in the report Implementing the Information Society in Ireland: An Action Plan published by the Department of the Taoiseach in January 1999. A new action plan entitled New Connections was approved by Government in March 2002 covering the next three-year period 2003-05.

In response to the first action plan, my Department established a special dedicated funding mechanism in 2000, the information society fund, designed to support the implementation of e-Government and e-business flagship projects identified in the action plan and to encourage Departments and bodies under their aegis, to respond to the information society agenda. Since 2001, a portion of the fund is devolved to departmental Votes and the remainder is held as a central fund under my Department's Vote. The management of and accountability for devolved funding is the responsibility of the relevant Department.

For 2004, an overall amount of €60.027 million was made available under the fund, of which €52.696 million was devolved to 11 departmental Votes and the balance of €7.331 million resided as a central fund. Projects supported through the central fund in 2004 include those in the following table. Amounts shown are rounded to nearest €1,000.

2004
Project Title Project Description Department Allocation Funding Utilised
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Animal import notification scheme Automated system to process passports. Department of Agriculture and Food 107,000 44,000
CAP project Electronic declaration system for CAP exports. Department of Agriculture and Food-Revenue Commissioners 500,000 0
IT strategic implementation plan Supporting the implementation of the CSO's e-public service strategy. Central Statistics Office 1,000,000 556,000
ePol.net Design, build and support for development of the ePol-NET knowledge management. Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources 71,000 0
Knowledge management Implementation tools to facilitate interoperability across the Department's information systems which will support better decision making and enhance service to the Department's customers. Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources 268,000 268,000
NetSecure system National network security awareness campaign providing basic information on network security issues and focussed on the needs of citizens and SMEs. Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources 73,000 58,000
Systems hardware acquisition Purchasing hardware for Marine Institute. Marine Institute 21,000 20,000
Community and voluntary sector needs analysis Analysis of requirements in the community and voluntary sector and provision of services in the sector.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government — LGCSB 107,000 107,000
Mobhaile project Citizens and communities information facility.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government — LGCSB 1,330,000 1,295,000
Web hosting Provision of hosting facilities for over 200 Government websites.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government — LGCSB 1,175,000 1,175,000
Virtual private network, VPN Support technology research and operation of Government VPN. Department of Finance 1,252,000 1,127,000
Government search engine Update of facilities. Department of Finance 80,000 49,000
e-Government policy preparation Development of policy on Department of Finance 170,000 36,000
Invision e-Cabinet project IT solution to provide cabinet papers electronically. Department of Finance 121,000 121,000
Harmful use of the internet Research into the harmful use of the internet and promotion of relevant discussion and publicity.Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform 127,000 127,000
Digital mapping Digitising maps. Land Registry 100,000 63,000
Client records data quality programme Improving identity data completeness and quality on the central records system, CRS, in advance of developing the public service identity, PSI, services. Department of Social and Family Affairs 200,000 169,000
NCPP To provide an interactive portal to the workplace of the future for the National Centre for Partnership and Performance. Department of the Taoiseach 6,000 6,000
Island of ingenuity: a strategic vision for the creative economic growth of Ireland A strategic vision for the creative economic growth of Ireland. Department of the Taoiseach 20,000 7,000
e-Government MSc programme Seminars relating to the e-Government masters degree programme developed and run jointly by the University of Ulster and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Department of the Taoiseach 5,000 5,000

For 2005, an overall amount of €43.984 million was made available under the fund, of which €34.984 million was devolved to 11 departmental votes and the balance of €9 million resides as a central fund. Projects supported through the central fund in 2005 include those in the following table.

2005
Project Title Project Description Department Allocation Date due to go live
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Grangegorman community network project Design, build and evaluation of a pilot e-community structure. Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 400,000 Target date is end of 2005
Digital community project To provide state of the art computer technology including technical support, software, training and advice to residents of flat complexes in Dublin's inner city. Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 100,000 Target date is December 2005
National security day Funding for national security day Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 15,000 Completed
Dublin employment pact Equipping citizens in six target areas in Dublin with the ICT skills necessary for the new information society Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 300,000 Target date is December 2005
Marine data exchange and query service The development of marine data exchange and service for public funded bodies. Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources 315,000 Target date is December 2005
Corporate vessel register To improve and support the Department's management and administration of vessel related activities. Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources 244,000 Target date is December 2005
Coastal zone administration system To develop internet services to assist in the management and administration of coastal activities including aquaculture and dumping at sea. Department of Communications, Marine and Natural resources 261,000 Target date is October 2005
Dublin inner city schools computerisation project To provide access, opportunity and training in ICT across Dublin inner city disadvantaged schools. Department of Education and Science 137,000 In operation
Irish spatial data infrastructure, ISDI, technical aspect research Preparation of a report setting out best practice standards and architecture for an ISDI portal and setting out recommendations for inclusion into the draft ISDI policy.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 115,000 November 2005
An Bord Pleanala online facility Internet-accessible database providing information on cases before the board and comprehensive information on all decided cases.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 11,000 Target date is November 2005
Small areas project Algorithm and procedure for generating homogeneous small areas within electoral divisions for the future reporting of statistical data.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 37,000 Target date is end 2005
Small areas project data collection pilot To devise and develop mechanisms that will facilitate and promote the use of a definitive set of small areas throughout the public service for the creation of public sector boundaries and for statistical data collection and analysis.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 25,000 Target date is end of 2005
Web hosting Provision of hosting facilities for over 200 Government websites.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government — LGCSB 1,055,000 In operation
Mobhaile project Citizens and communities information facility.Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government — LGCSB 930,000 Target date is end of 2005
Virtual private network Support technology research and operation of Government VPN. Department of Finance 1,170,000 In operation
HRMS application managed service providerNew and common computerised human resource system for the Civil Service. Department of Finance 2,051,000 Target date is end of 2005
Internet advisory projectMeasures to alleviate the illegal and harmful use of the Internet. Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform 130,000 Get with it campaign launched September 2005
e-conveyancing project Initial work to determine a future e-conveyancing operational model and the steps required to implement the model from a legal, procedural and technical perspective. Law Reform Commission 250,000 Process model is due to be completed by end 2005
Client records data quality programme To improve data completeness and quality on the central records system in advance of launch of PSI services. Departmental of Social and Family Affairs 133,100 Target date is end of 2005
Standard authentication framework environ-ment, SAFE, prog-ramme, initial phase To investigate and develop a standards based framework for the public service card or token using the PPS number as an unique number. Department of Social and Family Affairs 171,000 Target date is end of 2005
Island of ingenuity A strategic vision for the creative economic growth of Ireland. Department of the Taoiseach 13,000 Completed
ICT expo ICT expo funding grant. Department of the Taoiseach 21,000 Completed
Government online services publicityTo highlight the benefits of ICT and raise public awareness of how Internet technology can be exploited. Department of the Taoiseach 121,000 Target date is November-December 2005

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