Digital Outcomes agreement to be extended into 2017 ahead of revamp
Replacement framework on schedule to go live in February with similar terms to predecessor as work gets underway on more drastic overhaul for future iterations
The second iteration of the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) agreement is expected to replace the existing service in February 2017, with an extension now in place to allow for the continuation of the present framework beyond 2016.
The Government Digital Service (GDS) said that the availability of the original DOS agreement, which went live in April as a means to replace the previous Digital Services Framework (DSF) with a broader number of expertise and support services, would now be extended beyond this month until its successor goes live.
“We can keep Digital Outcomes and Specialists open for new opportunities until September 2, 2017 but we expect to close it before then,” said the organisation in a blog post.
Confirmation of the exact closing date is expected to be sent to both suppliers and buyers 30 days ahead of any shutdown of the first agreement, according to GDS.
The application process for the second iteration of DOS was delayed by about a week early last month in order to allow for a further review of the framework’s terms. The deadline for suppliers to express interest in the agreement is set for December 14.
Although the application process and overall framework agreement for DOS2 is seen as being largely unchanged from those of its predecessor, more significant changes may be considered for a third iteration as part of a planning process that will start this year.
Ahead of the New Year, work will commence on considering planned improvements to the current DOS arrangement for a third iteration of the agreement and how it may be structured.