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DTA consulting on digital sourcing policies


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 29 November, 2018


DTA consulting on digital sourcing policies

The Digital Transformation Agency has commenced consultation on its work drafting new policies governing the sourcing of digital products and services for government.

The agency has released a consultation paper that has been developed based on interviews with digital sourcing experts from a number of government agencies.

Now the DTA is seeking feedback from all corners of government, and particularly from officials involved in buying digital products and services.

The proposed new policy framework would be designed around the recommendations of the recent ICT procurement taskforce report. It would seek to help agencies make more considered investment decision, based on four principles.

The first of these is that investment should be user centred and outcomes focused. Second, buyers should engage early, consult wide and use innovative approaches.

The framework would also encourage prioritisation of usability and total cost of ownership, as well as aligning investment decisions with technical requirements to improve user and business outcomes.

As part of the consultation, the DTA is asking officials involved in procurement how they make investment decisions, as well as how they buy or build digital products and services for government.

The consultation period will run until 18 December.

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