GDS delays application process for Digital Outcomes 2 framework
Suppliers interested in providing services through agreement are expected to have to wait at least a few more weeks to register in order to allow for a further review of contract terms
The planned launch today of the application process to gain a place on the second iteration of the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS2) agreement has been delayed to allow for further review of the framework terms.
Writing in a blog post, the Government Digital Service (GDS) said it anticipated that suppliers would likely commence the application process within a few weeks, although an exact date is yet to be confirmed.
“[We] are working with colleagues in the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to set a new date, allowing us to review potential changes to a small number of the framework agreement terms and conditions,” said the delay notice.
Interested suppliers are expected to be notified of the schedule changes through the Digital Marketplace.
It was previously announced that applications would open on November 1 and close on December 6. Based on this timeline, DOS2 was then expected to go live by next February. It is not known yet if these delays will impact the planned launch date of the framework
DOS, which replaced the second iteration of the Digital Services Framework (DSF2) on the Digital Marketplace, has been devised to provide a wider number of digital outcomes including user research functions, rather than focusing solely on supplying skilled individuals.
Although the application process and overall framework agreement for DOS2 is anticipated to be largely unchanged from those of its predecessor, which first went live in April, more significant changes may be considered for a third iteration as part of a planning process that will start this year.
From later this year, work will also start on considering planned improvements to the current DOS arrangement for a third iteration of the agreement and how it may be structured.
DOS2 will however continue to provide the same four categories of service. These include:
• Digital outcomes, such as obtaining a team to develop a booking system or oversee an accessibility audit
• Digital specialists that include bringing in a developer or user researcher to support a specific project
• User research participants
• User research studios