No need to say it, it goes without saying, it should be obvious to all but,
just in case it isn't obvious to all,
IDA is dead.
IDA, now known as "GOV.UK Verify (RIP)",
is the Cabinet Office Identity Assurance programme.
And it's dead.
Here's a selection of GDS posts and a film in the week leading up to purdah:
Janet Hughes and Stephen Dunn
Martha Lane Fox
We've already taken one look at Janet Hughes's 24 March 2015 film, Introducing GOV.UK Verify (RIP). Let's take another.
14 seconds into the film, we see this screen:
|Is this your first time verifying your identity?|
It's an important distinction. Janet Hughes makes the point between 6'40" and 7'40" in her film. The first time involves you in an onerous dialogue with an "identity provider" (ten minutes or so, according to Ms Hughes). Whereas subsequent verifications are quicker (more like one minute) and the principal dialogue is between you and a public service provider.
They're two different activities. The second one is properly called "verification" and the first, "registration".
"Verifying your identity for the first time" is a bit of a mouthful, when you could just say "registering".
The Government Digital Service (GDS) seem to be unwilling to call it by its name but that's what it is. Registration. Click "yes" on the screen above and you enter the process of registering yourself with one of GOV.UK Verify (RIP)'s "identity providers". You put yourself on the register.
There must be a permanent register. That's what makes the process ten times quicker when you later come to make your redundancy claim with the Insolvency Service, for example. But GDS never mention the ID register.
They never mention it but GDS want you on that national identity register (NIR). Farmers are currently claiming their basic payments from the Rural Payment Agency using an entirely paper-based system, ever since GDS's digital system had to be ditched. But they're only allowed to claim if they have first registered with GOV.UK Verify (RIP).
Why are GDS so embarrassed about mentioning the NIR?
There's no point the rest of us guessing the answer. Better if GDS volunteer it. It looks deceitful not to. "Make things open, it makes them better", as they were telling us as recently as 27 March 2015.
Their answer will no doubt be included in the forthcoming GOV.UK Verify (RIP) public information campaign.