“We have insufficient funding, which could mean we’re unable to hire the people with the skills we need,” claims the document.
“We will address this by reviewing the business plan and budget quarterly so that the GDS Operations Board can take action if required,” it adds.
The plan also claims that the Department has difficulty hiring and keeping skilled staff, but is making plans to attract and keep the best digital and technology talent.
GDS says that its total budget for FY 2014/15 is £58.3m – it explains £12.6m comes from HM Treasury and £2.1m was transferred when the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) joined the organisation.
A table that appears in the business plan shows that GDS intends to spend this budget on GOV.UK, the transformation programme, performance and delivery and OCTO to name a few areas.
The GDS plan reveals that in the coming months, priority will be placed on ensuring the 25 exemplar services are live by March next year.
The Department is aiming to have 75% of agency and arm’s length body websites, including HMRC, on GOV.UK by the end of this month and 100% by December.
Despite these ambitious goals, GDS says that the business plan may be put at risk by issues such as identity assurance not being ready for public beta or the demand for custom development regarding performance platforms may be too much.
To combat this possibility, the Department says it will be reviewing the document to monitor benefits and savings, raising any issues with the GDS Operations Board.
It will also be assessing development plans for transformation projects are identified in individual Departments’ digital strategies, as well as setting baseline budgets at the beginning of each programme.