Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was established for the purpose of fostering active participation in the development and implementation of ICT policies and plans, to provide a forum for ICT-focused collaboration and information exchange, to promote the effective and efficient use of ICT resources, and to act as a key technical advisor to the Government CIO. It is made up of government IT officers and advisers.

ICT standards

One of OGCIO’s roles and responsibilities is to set standards for ICT purchase, usage, upgrades and disposal. This responsibility covers infrastructure, hardware, software, applications and all other ICT-related items, purchased or operated by all GoV ministries and agencies. OGCIO is in the process of developing these standards, beginning with the important SOE or Standard Operating Environment. The SOE which will set standards for the purchase of all PCs, laptops and servers, and will specify what operating systems are acceptable, what software will be centrally installed automatically, and what additional software and other items are allowed, and what is not (for safety and security reasons).

The SOE is currently under development by OGCIO and a contractor. Preliminary drafts are currently being reviewed by the OGCIO Technical Advisory Group (TAG). As such documents reach final draft form, they will be posted here, unless their content might allow for unwanted intrusions.

Other draft standards will also be posted here from time to time as they are developed, for comment and feedback.

The graphic below shows the public value benefits that OGCIO research shows can be realized by well-integrated, standardized use of ICT applications in e-government.