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Cabinet Office to procure fraud prevention and detection managed service

Matteo Natalucci Published 01 December 2017

ITT issued for £4m contract procuring a supplier to deliver all aspects of the National Fraud Initiative, including data matching and IT services


The Cabinet Office has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for the procurement of a service delivering all aspects of the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), including data matching and IT services.

The NFI is the Cabinet Office’s electronic data matching exercise that compares data within and between public and private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud in their systems.

In this past year, according to the ITT, the NFI has already helped identify £100.6m in savings across England.

The contract, which has an estimated value of £4m will cover data matching and IT services for the period 2018 to 2022, with the potential to extend the relationship to 2024.

The Cabinet Office requires a managed service to deliver all aspects of NFI in an environment that meets Cabinet security requirements and is accredited against relevant Government Information Assurance Standards.

The supplier will be expected to ensure that the system is updated in line with future Government security standards and future changes to data protection legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will also be required to work in partnership with the Cabinet Office to jointly drive innovation and continual programme development. For example developing enhanced data matching/analytics techniques and developing enhanced functionality for the NFI web application.

Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore, said, “The UK government is committed to finding fraud in public services, wherever it is and I am delighted that we are procuring such an essential service, which has found and prevented over £1.6bn of fraud over the past 11 years”.

Skidmore said, “We want the new supplier to be a real collaborative partner and together we will jointly drive innovation and continual development in what is a fast moving area”.

“We want to develop enhanced data matching/analytics techniques, build greater functionality for the NFI web application and access key data more frequently” Skidmore added.

The contract is expected to be awarded in March 2018.

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