CCS issues Technology Services 2 framework tender
Agreement, which carries an estimated total value of up to £3bn, will be divided into three lots linked to service design and support, with an additional classification for large projects
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued a tender for the Technology Services 2 (TS2) framework that has an estimated value of between £1bn and £3bn.
According to the notice, the four lot agreement will provide a wide range of functions including technology strategy and service design, as well as transition functions.
The first three lots of the agreement are outlined as follows:
- Technology strategy and services design
- Transition and transformation functions
- Operational services, which is subdivided into the following four categories;
- End user service
- Operational management
- Technical management
- Application and data management
A fourth lot will also be available through the framework that will support large programmes and projects across the three existing security levels used to classify information handled by government. These levels are defined as ‘official’, ‘secret’ and ‘top secret’.
However, this category only be supported by suppliers that can provide services across the first three lots of the framework, raising potential questions over the role for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the contract.
No explicit mention of SMEs or ensuring market access to smaller companies is made in the tender documentation.
The framework is initially intended to run for a period of two years. However, the tender notice states that the authority has the option to extend the agreement for two additional 12 month periods upon the expiry of the initial two year term.
With the initial technology services framework expected to expire by May of this year, the replacement arrangement is scheduled to go live on August 25.
Suppliers interested in supporting one or more of the lots on the framework have until April 27 to register.
Building on existing market engagement events held with stakeholders in devising the framework, CCS said it expects to begin running webinars for potential bidders from next week.