Deja vu ?
every so often, you get stories about "joined up government". They have a brief vogue, and then die down again.
My suspicion is every so often, a new, wet-behind the ears minister dreams up a wheeze, which sounds brilliant.
They then take this idea to the civil service (who have seen it all before) who point out that maybe it might not be such a spiffing idea after all, since it would have to apply to the minister, their spouse, their children, and could make life a tad tricky, but that there's a desperate need for international standards around the internet of things, and that the minister would be better serving the government by devoting the next 18 months to that line of work.
Rinse and repeat.