Government awards £500 million services frameworks

The government has awarded half a billion pounds worth of IT consultancy and system development framework deals to a range of suppliers.

Twenty four companies have been signed up, including Atos Origin, Accenture, Fujitsu and smaller suppliers.

The framework agreements last for three years, and will be available to central government, local authorities, non-departmental public bodies, and the NHS. They are aimed at easing procurement and saving money through large scale purchase agreements.

The contracts were principally awarded based on suppliers’ available staff, ability, suitability for government requirements and the prices they offered.

PA Consulting, which in 2008 lost the details of 84,000 prisoners on an unencrypted memory stick, and subsequently lost its £1.5 million Home Office contract, was awarded a framework for security planning and design services.

The government has signed strategic consultancy and software development frameworks with Deloitte, Fujitsu, Actica, Amtec, Booz and Company,, Detica, Evolve, Methods Consulting, Qedis, and Sword Business Technology Solutions.

Framework deals for application consultancy, and architecture and infrastructure services, were won by Accenture, Deloitte, and range of the smaller suppliers.

Atos Origin, Accenture and Deloitte are set to provide security services under new frameworks, alongside a plethora of smaller suppliers, which include Caci, NCC, IPL, NCC, Qou Imus, S.Com, and Vega.

The government is looking for other large framework agreements. In July, it said it wanted up to 15 suppliers for £6 billion worth of IT hardware and desktop application framework deals. It also placed a notice for £1 billion worth of communications and network technology frameworks.

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