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Cabinet Office looks for managed service for National Fraud Initiative

David Bicknell Published 16 October 2017

£4m contract for “complex project” will require development of enhanced data matching and data analytics techniques and overcoming specific data related problems


The Cabinet Office has issued a pre-tender with the intention of exploring the procurement of a managed service delivering all aspects of the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), an exercise that matches electronic data within and between public and private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud.

The contract, which will cover data matching and IT services, is thought to be worth upto £4m.

The Cabinet Office has said it requires the managed service to deliver all aspects of NFI, in an environment that meets its security requirements and is accredited against relevant Government Information Assurance Standards. It said it does not wish to acquire hardware or software for the exercise.

The department said the supplier will be expected to ensure that the system is updated in line with future government security standards and any future changes to data protection legislation, presumably the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Cabinet Office admitted in its documentation that the NFI will be a complex project, requiring “expertise, flexibility and close collaboration.” The department said the supplier will be required to work in partnership with it to jointly drive innovation and continual programme development.

For example, it said, developing enhanced data matching/analytics techniques, overcoming specific data related problems, contacting participants needing support and developing enhanced functionality for the NFI web application.

It added, “The NFI is a complex project requiring flexibility and close cooperation from the supplier. The specification for an exercise of this complexity is necessarily a guide and there will inevitably be occasions when the supplier needs to work with the Cabinet Office in developing new techniques, overcoming specific data related problems or contacting authorities having difficulties with the download process.

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