DiNum Unveils New State Digital Strategy to Drive Efficiency

On March 9, the Inter-Ministerial Digital Department (DiNum) unveiled its new roadmap developed in conjunction with the public digital ecosystem. Its goal is to put digital technologies at the service of government policy priorities, using all means of innovation to increase their influence, sovereignty and improve public data management.

“Intervention Team” to assist project managers

The first axis is about structuring activities and teams to make projects successful on budget and on time. To do this, DiNum will create a “Digital Intervention Team” of about twenty agents who will be responsible for bringing business teams and developers closer together, supporting them in change management (coaching, cloud, agile, data, accessibility, ecology). responsibility, etc.). This will also meet the impact measurement requirements.

The second priority is to make data a lever for the effectiveness of public action. In addition to following the open data trajectory, the idea is to use the wealth of public data to simplify the relationship between the state and citizens and force the administration to anticipate the needs of citizens and act more actively. For example, using tax data to predict business bankruptcy risks. The funds have already begun to roll out, as in January DiNum launched a €10 million window for a competition for projects related to the evaluation of public data.

DiNum, “digital HRD” in the state

The third axis of the strategy is sovereignty. DiNum wants to develop common products at the inter-ministerial level, such as the already existing inter-ministerial government network or the France Connect digital identity service, which currently has 42 million users. “We want to move to an open source collaboration suite for agents,” said Stephanie Schaer, interministerial director of digital technology. Work on collaborative messaging has already begun. The ultimate goal is to “ensure the control, stability and independence of the state information system”.

Finally, the last axis is human resources: attracting, retaining, retraining and training employees. To this end, “DiNum is taking on a new dimension of HRD in this sector to support ministries in this aspect,” explains its director. It is also part of the re-internationalization of skills desired by the Elizabeth Bourne government, which issued a circular in February on using the state for IT services. The division dealing with this personnel support will include about twenty agents.

Workforce increased by 20%

To carry out these new missions, DiNum, which currently has 180 employees, will hire 40 additional agents in 2023 and 2024. The Finance Law for 2023 planned to increase its appropriations by 5.2 million euros.

The release of this new roadmap comes as the Office of the President of the Republic received a new digital strategy and public data adviser on March 2 in the form of Guillaume Rozier, renowned creator of CovidTracker and ViteMaDose. The latter has already met “several times” with Stephanie Schaer, who was herself appointed at the end of September 2022, she admitted, adding that “DiNum exists to implement and work with other public administrations.”

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