Home Office releases tender for support services
Home Office to award contract for implementation support services for its IT test design programme
The Home Office has issued a tender for a 24-month framework agreement, worth a total of £46m, for 'the provision of implementation support services for the authority's IT test design programme'.
The contract is divided into five lots, with the first referring to 'a strategic test consultancy', whereby suppliers would be required to establish test requirements and then review existing functions and processes. The second, for test assurance, asks suppliers to 'assure the delivery of products delivered from external service providers in accordance with business need and commercial provision'.
The next lot, for 'user acceptance testing (UAT) management' asks potential bidders to 'support the design, planning and management of UAT', while the fourth is for 'programme test management', whereby providers would 'establish and manage an appropriate level of testing in line with programme delivery plans'.
Finally, the fifth lot is for systems integration testing services, and suppliers would simply need to provide systems integration testing and test management, 'working with multiple, potentially diverse suppliers to ensure successful integration with each other and with the existing infrastructure'.
The tender document says that the key aims of any prospective provider should be to deliver value for money, provide scalability and responsiveness, offer industry best practice and provide innovative solutions to business problems.
The document explains that 'Home Office IT will retain management direction and commissioning of services and work packages', that providers will need to work within 'blended teams' and that they should 'represent Home Office IT appropriately and professionally'.
According to the document, the £46m figure is 'based on an estimate of £23m for the first two years, and a further £23m should the possible extension period reach its maximum duration'.
There is an option to extend contract, which will run from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2015, for a minimum of six months up to a maximum of two years.
The deadline for tenders or requests to participate is 2 January 2013.