State Treasury boosts digitalisation in public administration   (2016-09-21)

Digitalisation is the Government's cross-cutting theme being implemented in central government projects. The State Treasury has been tasked by the Ministry of Finance to contribute to the process of making government services more client-oriented and digital. The task is temporary and it will be concluded at the end of 2018. For the purpose of this task, a new unit will be formed during autumn 2016.

– There are great expectations for digitalisation, and concrete measures are necessary. The premise of renewing public services is to better serve citizens and enterprises. The renewal and digitalisation of services will become increasingly more necessary and more challenging as counties are joined under public administration alongside the state and municipalities. The implementation of the task given to the State Treasury will have a great significance in this new system, says Anu Vehviläinen, Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms.

The unit to be founded in the State Treasury will provide practical assistance for the client-oriented digital transformation of public services. The unit will help discover projects with similar contents and support digital projects by helping with good project management practices, reinforcing the management of change, renewing processes, acquisitions, communications and service design.

The unit will include developers of public administration, experts of service design, and technology experts who are familiar with different administrative branches and the operation of the public and private sectors.

– The experts' input will make the design and realisation of services more client-oriented in a ground-breaking, cross-administrative way. They will assist the agencies in creating client-oriented, easy-to-use services for citizens and enterprises, explains Timo Laitinen, Director General of the State Treasury.

– In our work, we will take into account the basic principles of digitalisation and the goals of a national service architecture. We will be supporting their realisation, continues Timo Laitinen.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Finance, the State Treasury investigated in December 2015 what kind of measures could be taken to enhance digitalisation and increase productivity. As a result, the report Valmiina digikiriin (Ready for a digital spurt) was made. Since then, the State Treasury carried on the work by assessing the suggestions more closely. In the report finished in March (Digistartti: hankeaihioiden arviointi), the State Treasury presented a project-specific survey of 17 digital projects. Based on this work, the Ministry of Finance tasked the State Treasury to support the implementation of digital projects.

The preparations for the task in May and June 2016 were led by the Ministry of Finance. The open preparations included a series of workshops that were participated by public administration and private enterprises

Additional information:

Minister’s Special Adviser Tuomas Vanhanen, tel. +358 295 53 2106, tuomas.vanhanen(at)
ICT Director, Director General Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Ministry of Finance, tel. +358 295 53 0165,

Director General Timo Laitinen, State Treasury, tel. +358 295 50 2200, timo.laitinen(at)

Published 2016-09-21 at  14:14 , updated 2016-09-21 at  14:51 Suomeksi   På svenska   In English

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