Role of the System Assurance team
In June 2013 Cabinet agreed that, as part of the ICT functional leadership role, the Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) is responsible for coordinated oversight and delivery of system-wide ICT assurance.
This was in response to Ministers’ concerns about a succession of problems with information and technology management, including privacy and security breaches, and ICT-enabled project delays, cost escalations and failures. This resulted in reduced public trust and confidence in government ICT. As a result the System Assurance team was established within the GCDO.
‘We provide Ministers, the GCDO and other key stakeholders with confidence that the system of assurance supporting digital government outcomes is effective.’
We do this by:
- publishing government’s formal assurance frameworks and guidance
- providing independent assurance oversight over high risk digital investments
- managing a panel of third party assurance providers giving agencies access to highly qualified providers of assurance services
- sharing lessons learned and best practice examples
- managing the government online Self-Assessment Tool which enables agencies to benchmark their enterprise risk maturity and identify improvements
- providing strategic advice on system-wide risks, capabilities and settings.
A valued system of assurance
The system of assurance comprises the frameworks, processes, monitoring, capability and culture that, when operating effectively, give stakeholders confidence (assurance) that digital government investments will deliver the right things in the right way to realise the expected benefits.
The system of assurance includes:
- government agencies and their delivery partners
- central agency and functional leaders, including the GCDO
- third party assurance providers.
‘A valued system of assurance that delivers high levels of trust and confidence in digital public services for all New Zealanders.’
As part of a valued system of assurance, we contribute to the following outcomes:
improved decision-making as a result of high quality assurance information provided at the right time
improved delivery confidence that digital investments are well managed and will deliver the expected outcomes and benefits
improved resilience and management of risk as a result of greater visibility of digital system-wide risks.
Citizens — as part of a valued system of assurance we contribute to high levels of trust and confidence that New Zealanders have in digital public services
Ministers — we help Ministers to have confidence that digital investments and ICT risks are being managed effectively and will deliver expected benefits
Agencies — we help agencies to lift their assurance capability so that they have high quality assurance information to make informed decisions about their digital investments and risks
Central agencies and functional leaders — we provide independent oversight and challenge on the quality of assurance for digital investment to support central agency investment monitoring
Assurance providers — we help third party assurance providers to deliver high quality independent assurance services to agencies
- 17 June 2013