G-Cloud spend figures now two months out of date
The Cabinet Office says there has been no change to the reporting policy for sales made through the Digital Marketplace; no updates have been posted since May 6
The publication of the latest spending figures for both G-Cloud and the Digital Services framework (DSF) is now two months overdue, with no reason having been provided by the government for a lack of updated sales data for either framework beyond the end of March 2016.
The Cabinet Office has said that despite the delays to publication of the figures, there has been no change with regard to the reporting or publication processes for organisational spend through the two frameworks, which are both hosted via the Digital Marketplace.
Government Computing understands that the Cabinet Office had anticipated the spending figures would have been updated today (July 11), though no updates have been published since May 6 at the time of going to press.
Sources with knowledge of G-Cloud procurement say they are not aware of any specific reasons that would have delayed publication of the spending data, short of a possible significant drop in sales from the start of the current financial year onwards.
However, one source suggested that considering the recent replacement of the DSF with the revised Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) agreement, the lack of published data could represent a decision to hold off for a major unveil about procurement overhaul.
With G-Cloud presently in its seventh iteration, the Government Digital Service (GDS) has been looking to review how future versions of the framework can be overhauled to better meet the public sector’s cloud service needs.
As part of plans for a potential overhaul of the framework before tendering for G-Cloud 9, an information assurance specialist for CESG - the information security arm of GCHQ - has joined the wider Digital Marketplace team.
The new appointee is expected to help speak with buyers and suppliers to address security issues resulting through use of the framework.
During an ongoing discovery phase for the framework, GDS said it would be reviewing cloud and technology needs in the public sector, including security requirements.
“The discovery will tell us if, and how, the user need has changed and whether the services that government needs still fit into the four categories we have in the current G-Cloud iteration,” said GDS in a blog post. “Our CESG information assurance specialist will help us with the security part of the G-Cloud 9 discovery.”