DTA takes interest in Australian-developed COVID-19 contact tracing app – Software- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The federal government appears set to launch contact tracing functionality in an app as early as this week after picking-up on the work of a privately-developed effort over the weekend.
ImpactApp had been set to launch on Monday this week following a collaborative effort between 30 Australians – including three small businesses – over the past 10 days, according to a social post.
Contact tracing is an emerging surveillance capability being used by governments and health authorities worldwide to track the movements of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.
The federal government launched a COVID-19 app over the weekend, without contact tracing functionality, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously said that capability was being worked on.
According to the social post, which was published on Saturday, ImpactApp’s creators briefed senior federal and state governments as well as “the heads of some of the biggest tech companies in Australia” on their work late last week.
“The Government’s Digital Transformation Agency got in touch with us and we are now collaborating with them to get the solution out to the Australian public by sometime next week,” Johann Nogueira, director of Melbourne-based management consultancy Business Authorities, wrote on LinkedIn.
Nogueira indicated the team behind the app had been intending to release their app over the weekend before being asked to collaborate.
A site set up to accompany ImpactApp says it uses “encrypted Bluetooth and GPS data to track every interaction you have without exposing anything about you or [another party].”
Nogueira’s post includes several videos on how ImpactApp works.
“When your device is next to any other device, it does a Bluetooth handshake. What this does is if you’ve spent more than 10 minutes with a particular person, it logs an instance,” an instructional video states.
“This creates traceability, so if you come into contact with any people over the next 30 days or so, and someone who you’ve been in touch with has marked themselves as having the COVID-19 virus, you will get an automatic message alerting you to the fact that you have been exposed, therefore you should be going to get tested. 
“The data is stored in the cloud in secure servers.”
To date, much of the talk on contact tracing has been focused around the Singapore government’s efforts, called TraceTogether, which similarly uses Bluetooth and location tracking, and which it intends to open source.
Privacy advocates and medical experts have been pushing for Apple and Google to add some sort of contact tracing functionality natively to their operating systems.
“Apple, Google, and other mobile operating system vendors should work to provide an opt-in, privacy preserving OS feature to support contact tracing,” an open letter from technologists, epidemiologists & medical professionals states.
“Users who opt in could be notified in a non-identifiable way if they had been in the same spaces as subsequently identified cases, in order to enable self-quarantine, monitoring, early detection and prevention of tertiary cases. 
“If such a feature could be built before SARS-CoV-2 is ubiquitous, it could prevent many people from being exposed. 
“In the longer term, such infrastructure could allow future disease epidemics to be more reliably contained, and make large scale contact tracing of the sort that has worked in China and Korea, feasible everywhere.”

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DTA tries to ‘fast-track’ Office 365 shift across government – Strategy – Cloud – Software- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The Digital Transformation Agency is attempting to “fast-track” adoption of Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 365 across government using a single blueprint for configuration and deployment.
The government’s peak IT agency released the guidance on Friday to help agencies move to the government-wide email and desktop productivity solution, dubbed Protected Utility.
The solution, which was first proposed by the Department of Finance under the GovDesk moniker five years ago, aims to standardise cross-agency communication and collaboration.
It consists of a Windows 10 workstation running a protected-level O365 platform, which includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Teams.
The solution will allow staff to work remotely, which has become more important in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“[Protected Utility] will allow staff to create, store and share documents, host online meetings, instant message, manage team sites and project resources — and much more,” the DTA said.
The DTA was the first federal government agency to adopt O365 at the protected-level in August 2018, a move that was widely seen as the necessary proof-of-concept for widespread adoption.
A number of other agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Federal Police, have since begun looking to stand up a protected-level O365 environment.
The Protected Utility Blueprint, which has been developed alongside Microsoft and the Australian Cyber Security Centre, is intended to be the only advice an agency needs to shift to Protected Utility.
It contains “best practice deployment advice” from the government’s information security manual and Microsoft hardening advice for Windows 10 and O365.
“The blueprint is designed to be deployed by in house agency IT staff, third-party integrators or a managed service provider as a new deployment with no requirement for further design decisions or design documentation,” documents released by the DTA state.
“The blueprint is flexible enough to allow an agency to deviate from [it] on any technology, licencing requirements, security, platform or design decisions noting that this may affect the security posture and will affect the security documentation set that compliments this blueprint.”
The blueprint is accompanied by “configuration guides and security documentation which adheres to Protected requirements for government information”.
“These artefacts provide a standard and proven Microsoft 365 solution aimed to fast-track the adoption of the Microsoft Modern Workplace experience,” the documents state.
Agencies can implement the Protect Utility blueprint on their own or with the assistance of the DTA following a cloud readiness assessment.
“We will provide you with the blueprint and, based on your cloud readiness assessment, we can help you to make the transition which may include help with funding for the transition, technical support, and technical resources,” the DTA said.

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DTA reveals its three-step myGov overhaul path – Strategy- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The Digital Transformation Agency has revealed its three-step path to an updated myGov digital services platform that promises citizens a single, tailored view of all their interactions with the federal government.
In a week dominated by problems with the existing online service portal due to the unprecedented number of people seeking welfare services, the agency has offered fresh detail on its vision for the new platform.
It follows an industry briefing with system integrators and strategic partners looking to work with the DTA on the build on Monday, when Services Australia was scrambling to increase capacity to a platform under siege. 
A prototype of the platform also called the government digital experience platform (GOVDXP) that will initially “operate as an extension to, and in parallel with, myGov” has already been designed and developed by the DTA and Services Australia.

Source: Digital Transformation Agency

But the prototype, which resembles that of recognisable social media platforms such as Facebook, is intended to eventually give citizens a single, tailored view of their interactions with government, in particular Services Australia.
It is considered a key element of the government’s vision for Services Australia, which has been remade in the image of Service NSW to replicate its successful digital-first, one-stop shop government services model nationally. 
Three horizons
The DTA has detailed three key releases – or horizons – for the project, each of which will add further functionality to the myGov update platform, which builds on “existing technical platforms maintained by Services Australia”.
“The intent is to continually enhance the product and productionise features, to support the end state future myGov update platform,” the DTA said in the requirements document for the platform.
Horizon zero, which showcases the design principles of the new platform has already been released as a new Australia.gov.au home page that offers information on the current coronavirus pandemic.
The solution, which is hosted on Amazon Web Services through Cloud.gov.au, is comprised of the Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe Analysis and Adobe Campaign, and could eventually integrate with other platform like Notify.gov.au.
“The demonstrated prototype currently has no third-party integration but demonstrates the intended target state of services which may be exposing APIs over time for us to connect to,” the DTA said.
Big four consultancy Deloitte has been selected for an initial 90-day sprint to configure the prototype – which it expects to be complete in May – and perform additional user research and service design for the prototype.
Under horizon one, the DTA, working with a new system integrator and strategic partner, will develop a new government platform that “provides personalised content, with a web-based myGov inbox, opt-in notifications and login access to myGov” from July.
The DTA then intends to build out the platform, so that it becomes a “place where people can browse information and, once logged in, manage their interactions with government in a central place”.
“The new front end will provide dashboard, profile, inbox and forms, along with information systems such as content pages and notifications,” it said in a blog post.
“An integration layer will sit over the myGov systems, providing a way for information to flow back and forth between the myGov website and the myGov systems.”
“The platform will collect services, apps and other customer experience capabilities to give users everything they need.”
“This will operate on a ‘Netflix’ model, providing users with what they need to do next based on their previous interactions with government services — similar to Netflix’s ‘recommended for you’.
While no date for when horizons one and two will be complete beyond a July start date, the DTA  has not altered its procurement timeline in light of COVID-19.
The week that was (is)
Details of the work follows a difficult few days for Services Australia, which failed to successfully scale to accommodate the influx of people who flooded myGov after loosing their jobs to the coronavirus induced shutdown on Monday.
Problems with the existing platform have since tapered after the agency increased capacity to 150,000 concurrent users, more than 25 times what myGov could support last week.
Government services minister Stuart Robert on Wednesday said myGov had facilitated 2.6 million logins during the day, bringing the total since Tuesday to just under six million.
myGov logins currently average at around 500,000 each day, with the previous busiest day occurring during the 2019 taxtime period last July, where 1.8 million logins were recorded in a single day.
Robert said Services Australia would continue to add more capacity to myGov to support the unprecedented number of people attempting to access welfare services.
“We’re upgrading myGov capacity by creating more load space in our ICT systems to accommodate the surge in demand,” he said.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and adjust so we can allow as many people to use myGov without compromising overall systems stability.” 
The myGov meltdown was initially blamed on a “significant distributed-denial-of-service attack” that didn’t happen.
Robert has now admitted he ‘jumped the gun’ and did not wait for the outcome of Service Australia’s investigation before blaming the traffic surge on a cyber attack.

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DTA delays cloud marketplace launch – Strategy – Cloud – Software- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The Digital Transformation Agency has pushed back the launch of its new government-wide cloud marketplace after being forced to revise the scope of the proposed panel arrangement.
The marketplace, which will replace the existing cloud services panel after four years of service, was revealed last October to better suit industry trends and changing buyer needs.
It aims to cover a broader range of cloud-based offerings described as anything-as-a-service, while also aligning with changing vendor licensing models and security accreditation.
The cloud services panel, which was established back in January 2015 to replace the data centre-as-a-service multi-use list and, still relies on the 2011 NIST definition of cloud services.
The new marketplace was anticipated to replace the cloud service panel by July, following a approach to market in the early 2020.
But in an update on Monday, the DTA said it had not yet approached the market for sellers and that the marketplace was now only expected to be up-and-running by “late 2020”.
The DTA put this down to the need to update the marketplace’s proposed scope and improve our approach for establishing this arrangement after feedback from buyers and sellers.
“We proposed establishing the CMP 2.0 [cloud marketplace] as a cooperative procurement arrangement for all Cloud Offerings to government,” it said.
“While this has not changed, we have adjusted our approach to simplify the scope and align more closely with the value-for-money (VFM) assessment the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) require.”
The revised scope appears to limit the marketplace to two key areas: cloud services and cloud consulting services.
Under the previous scope, the panel covered cloud services, cloud consulting services and cloud-centric managed services.
As a result, the DTA has extended the term of the cloud service panel by a year (from 31 March 2020 to 31 March 2021).
“The extension will make sure we do not interrupt government cloud computing procurements during the RFT process,” it said.
The DTA also said it will adopt the international standard ISO/IEC17788 to describe and catalgoue cloud services on the marketplace, as well as use the skills for information age framework to describe skills and experience levels.
The DTA expects to approach the market for sellers of cloud offerings next month.

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DTA strategy chief departs for Boston Consulting Group – Strategy – Training & Development- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

The Digital Transformation Agency’s chief strategy officer Anthony Vlasic has called time on his two-year stint in the Australia Public Service to return to Boston Consulting Group.
Vlasic, who joined the DTA as its first permanent chief procurement officer in December 2017, took to LinkedIn on Monday to reveal his move to the Australian arm of the management consulting firm.
He was responsible for whole-of-government digital strategy and IT procurement at the agency, including implementing the recommendations of the IT procurement taskforce.
“After two fantastic years driving the Australian Govt’s digital agenda, I am excited to accept a new role at the Boston Consulting Group,” Vlasic said on LinkedIn.
“I am proud of my teams’ achievements and the way in which we achieved it – whether it’s setting strategic direction, delivery sourcing reform or uplifting capability.”
Vlasic joined the DTA from Westpac, where he spent almost 11 years working on strategy, sourcing, program delivery and product management. 
He also spent two years with Boston Consulting Group prior to joining Westpac, and was an academic at the Australian Graduate School of Management before that.
A spokesperson told iTnews that Vlasic was “instrumental in the DTA’s efforts to drive government digital and IT sourcing reform” and “uplift digital capability across the Australian Public Service”.
One of the key deliverables during his tenure was the government’s first digital transformation strategy and roadmap in November 2018.
Vlasic departure appears to have taken the DTA by surprise, with the agency indicating that an interim strategy chief is yet to be determined.
“The DTA will soon be recruiting for a Chief Strategy Officer. An interim Chief Strategy Officer will be appointed for the transition period,” the spokesperson said.

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DTA tweaks IT contracting rules to help government get on with agile – Strategy- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

A small yet valuable tweak to the federal government’s IT procurement rules will help agencies run with agile projects, while also making sure agencies don’t ‘set and forget’ contracts.
The Digital Transformation Agency introduced the changes in its new digital sourcing contract limits and review policy, which will replace its IT capped term and value policy from February 1.
One of the reforms brought about as a result of the IT procurement taskforce, the IT capped term and value policy limited IT contracts to $100 million or three years.
But while the policy capped the value and length of contracts, it only allowed agencies to extend contracts by the length of the original contract.
The DTA said a review of the policy found it “could stifle innovation by not allowing trials and proofs-of-concepts, because extensions could not be longer than the initial term”.
Under the new policy, which like its predecessor will be mandatory, agencies can now enter into contract extensions for up to three years in length.
The new policy also requires that agencies exercise contract extension options only after reviewing a supplier’s performance and deliverables, though it is not clear how this requirement differs to the former policy.
“It is clearer [sic] that buyers need to review the performance and deliverables of a contract prior to extending it,” the DTA in a blog post.
“We are making sure there is no default ‘set and forget’ in our digital sourcing contracts so we aren’t left with old technology or solutions that aren’t working.”
Other key aspects of the former procurement rules such as the joint ministerial exemption, which can be granted by a portfolio minister of the government services minister Stuart Robert, remain in place.
Changes to the procurement rules come just months after Robert floated a fundamental shake-up of the federal government’s IT funding model.
Canberra has long struggled with an IT investment process that has historically favoured big-bang, waterfall-based technology projects over agile delivery methods.
The DTA is currently working with the Finance and Defence departments to “explore different funding models that could be considered in the future to address the current issues”.

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ATO, RBA and DTA named 2020 iTnews Benchmark Awards finalists – Projects- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Every year the iTnews Benchmark Awards recognise the hard work of federal government agencies to improve productivity and service delivery, and this year is no different.
Over the last 12 months, huge gains have been made on some of the government’s most ambitious IT projects in recent years.
These projects extend beyond the function of government itself, with many attempting to solve whole-of-economy issues through the introduction of critical underpinning IT infrastructure.
It seems fitting then that all three finalists in the running to win this year’s coveted gong for best federal government project fall into this class.
The projects include a rebuild of Australia’s tax agent portal, a digital identity ecosystem that promises to unlock $10 billion in productivity and a massive IT overhaul at the country’s central bank.
All 14 categories in this year’s awards have now been revealed. You can read about the finalists here.
Keep an eye out for the first of our case studies on the finalists in the run up to the awards gala dinner on March 7, where we will announce the winning projects.

iTnews Benchmark Awards 2020 Federal Government Finalists

Australian Taxation Officer: ‘Online services for agents’
Faced with unstable – and equally unpopular – legacy tax and BAS agent portals, the Australian Taxation Office embarked on a massive rebuild to improve usability.
The final product was online services for agents, a cloud-based portal for agents to access ATO systems and client records and communicate with the agency on behalf of clients.
The ATO has gradually rolled out the portal, which has been built in partnership with Accenture, over the past two years, starting with a private beta in December 2017.
It officially became the ATO’s default portal in August 2019, replacing the former tax and BAS agent portals.
Since the portal was introduced, the ATO has been overwhelmed by feedback, particularly from many international revenue agencies, who consider it the new standard to beat.
It has also already resulted in cost-savings and increased efficient for both tax agents and the ATO. The self-service functionality alone is expected to save $5 million each year.

Digital Transformation Agency: ‘Govpass digital identity ecosystem’
In 2015, the government’s financial system inquiry led by David Murray found that Australia’s identity environment was immature, and contributed to higher costs and identity crime.
It highlighted that a national federated digital identity, supported by a trusted digital identity framework, should be developed to let citizens easily and securely access digital services.
Tasked with this challenge, the Digital Transformation Agency – and its predecessor, the Digital Transformation Office – has spent the last five years coming up with a solution.
After many iterations, the DTA has settled on solution that uses a ‘double-blind’ to ensure identity providers and service providers can verify identity without revealing an individual’s credentials.
Dubbed Govpass, the solution is served by a DTA-built identity exchange, which is now being operated by Services Australia, and the ATO’s new digital identity credential myGovID.
myGovID, which is a digital identity linked to a user’s iOS and Android device, works like a digital equivalent of the 100 point ID check.
It became available to citizens in June after the core infrastructure was deployed to production.
Further identity accredited digital identity credentials will also be offered by other third-parties in the future, starting with Australia Post.
As at November, more than 80,000 myGovID identities had been created.

Reserve Bank of Australia: ‘Banking technology modernisation’
The Reserve Bank of Australia has become a truly a 24×7 institution thanks to a major overhaul of its core banking system.
The central bank wrapped up the modernisation and decommissioned its legacy mainframe core banking applications in the second half of 2019.
It builds on early work to develop the Fast Settlements Service infrastructure that sits behind the New Payments Platform (NPP) that now underpins Australia’s financial system.
Together with a new cloud-based API gateway, government agencies are able to use the NPP and the new core banking system to trigger calls to initiate payments and banking services in real-time.
The RBA has delivered the program in-house, but had deliberately avoided bespoke software development.
The core banking platform, cloud-based API gateway and NPP were delivered by TCS, HCL, Mulesoft, IBM and Syntegrity Solutions.

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DTA tries to shake off Australia’s chequered digital ID past – Strategy – Security – Software- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

With the first real test for Australia’s Govpass digital identity scheme just around the corner, the government agency in charge has turned its attention to marketing the $200 million-plus project.
The Digital Transformation Agency is appealing to the market for a comms strategy to inform the public about the program, as it prepares to ramp up the number of services accessible using Govpass.
“The next stage of digital identity will see a broader rollout of more services to more people,” a brief on the digital marketplace states.
“The program needs to expand its approach to communication significantly, to inform all Australians about what it is and isn’t – highlighting potential benefits its offers for everyone”.
Govpass will kick into full swing in March, when the Australian Taxation Office’s myGovID digital identity credential replaces the AUSkey authentication solution.
The strategy will be used by the DTA – and the government more broadly – to overcome anxiety that stems from the country’s chequered digital identity past, which could damage Govpass’ image.
This includes informing people about the “use of biometrics within the digital identity system, benefits of these and safeguards built into the program to ensure security and privacy” expectations.
The DTA said “Australia’s history of identity related projects raises concern for some stakeholders”, referring to the Hawke government’s failed bid to introduce the Australia Card in 1986.
The single identifier for all citizens remains, to this day, the benchmark for privacy outcry in Australia, after opposition to the policy forced a double dissolution election in 1987.
The DTA has previously denied the two schemes are the same, with chief Randal Brugeaud using recent Senate estimates to stress the myGovID credential used for Govpass is an “optional identity”.
“In contrast to the Australia Card access card, which was being conceived as a mandatory identity token, this is something that people can choose to opt into or not,” he said.
“Government intends to continue to provide services to those who don’t create a digital identity, in exactly the way it does now.”
Calls for a comms strategy to be developed follows criticism by Labor senator Carol Brown that awareness of the digital identity project was limited among the general population.
“I’ve never heard anyone mention it,” she said at estimates in October, adding that her recollection of the online government service platform myGov “was that there was lots of advertising and people knew about it”.
“I have to say that nearly everyone I come into contact with talks to me about myGov and their experiences with it, good or bad, but I have never had anyone talk to me about GovPass.”
Brugeaud, however, said the limited communication to date had been a deliberate plan by the agency, as citizens can’t yet use Govpass to access mainstream services such as myGov.
“We are being very deliberated in releasing this in a controlled way, testing it with users and refining it as we go,” he told estimates.
“So we are progressively building what is the foundation for the digital identity environment in a way that is being incremented, and our intention is to progressively add more and more services.”
Govpass – and the accompanying myGovID credential, which progressed to public beta in June – can now be used to access a range of ATO services, including its online services for agents portal.
The credential can also be used to access the unique student identifier organisation portal and Defence’s employer support payment scheme, with more services planned over the coming months.

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