Consulting firm to develop ID cards
PA Consulting Group has been hired on a two-year contract to work on the design and implementation of the controversial national identity cards.
The awarding of the contract was announced by home secretary David Blunkett who said: ‘We are determined to get it right and bringing in (outside) expertise…at this early stage will help us do that.’
The first ID cards are due to be operational in 2007/2008. Last month the government published legislation to bring in a compulsory scheme.
PA Consulting will be involved in detailed feasibility and testing projects.
The firm is a management, systems and technology consulting firm and operates in more than 35 countries, employing 3,000 people.