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.
Last heard, 26 March 2015, GOV.UK Verify (RIP) was in maudlin mood, brooding about the meaning of life and the objectives for its vanishing future.
Speaking through its faithful assistants Janet Hughes and Stephen Dunn from its deathbed in the Kingsway hospice destined to be its final resting place, GOV.UK Verify (RIP) expatiated ungrammatically on its Objectives for live and "what ‘live’ means" for it as the end approaches. Ominously, there hasn't been a word from GOV.UK Verify (RIP) in the five weeks since.
It's what they don't say that counts, please see RIP IDA – what they omitted from the obituary. GOV.UK Verify (RIP) has now hobbled from having only three "identity providers" to four, but they didn't tell us that. As their energy seeps away, the only reason we know is that Neil Merrett (read him early, read him often) kindly told us on 14 May 2015 in Verizon joins GOV.UK Verify accredited suppliers list.
Maybe they just didn't have the heart. Following the story two days earlier, Sprint and Verizon to pay $158 MILLION over bogus 'cramming' fees, how were GOV.UK Verify (RIP) supposed to convince the British public that the unsavoury Verizon is an ornament to the Constitution and a safe repository for our personal information?