In October, the Home Affairs Committee launched an inquiry to explore the capacity of the Home Office to meet the Brexit Challenge.
techUK provided evidence, highlighting the following three points that urgently must be addressed:
- Creating a common language to describe services. If the Government aims to streamline application processes by sharing data between departments, then taxonomy, storage methodology, and ease of data transfer need to be considered. Without uniformity, streamlined data sharing will not be a possibility.
- The short timescales for implementation. One of the key lessons learnt from eBorders was the need to be flexible in managing a programme and de-risking it by taking it in a modular fashion. The Government’s aims to create a registration system for EU nationals by end of 2018 defies lessons learned by previous large-scale IT programmes that have failed.
- Improving existing systems. The systems designed several years ago were not intended for a situation where over 3 million applications could be made in a very short space of time. To deliver such a function would likely require significant rescoping. Such changes would take time to deliver.
techUK will continue to work with members to ensure concerns are heard throughout the negotation and transition period.
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