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News in Brief - February 23

Neil Merrett Published 23 February 2016

Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) launch is delayed until April, Cabinet Office updates spend figures to end of 2015 and Bristol issues £11m tender for ticketing solution


Digital Outcomes and Specialists launch pushed back to April

The launch of the new Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) service on the Digital Marketplace has been pushed back until mid-April after initially being scheduled to go live later this month.

The agreement, set to replace the second Digital Services framework (DSF2), entered a standstill period last week after successful suppliers were presented with an intention to award notification on February 18.

Writing about the updated timeline on the Digital Marketplace blog, the Government Digital Service said it was presently working on amending the 'buying journey' for users, as well as building a minimum viable product, both key ongoing priorities for DOS' development.

"We've been testing prototypes in our weekly user research sessions and iterating in response to the feedback," said the blog post.
DOS is intended to try and reflect a shift towards providing the public sector with a wider number of digital outcomes rather than focusing solely on supplying skilled individuals.

Cabinet Office spend data figures updated to December 2015

The Cabinet Office has updated its departmental spend data up to December 2015 following commitments by its minister Matt Hancock to address over a year of delays in publishing the figures.

Late last month, the department made available records of its spending over £25,000 from January to May 2015. It also provided data for September to December 2014 just before Christmas.

The Cabinet Office, which currently leads open data initiatives across government, had not previously updated its spend figures since June 2015 when it released August 2014's data.

The department has pledged to publish key datasets through the service in order to detail how public money is being spent on a monthly basis as part of wider commitments around transparency.

Among these key datasets, all departments are required to detail spend on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Bristol launches ticketing and passenger information overhaul tender

Bristol City Council has launched an £11m tender for the supply, installation, and ongoing maintenance of a new MetroBus ticketing and information system to serve three authorities.

Bristol, which is also acting on the behalf of South Gloucestershire Council and North Somerset Council, is looking for an operator to establish and manage Passenger Ticketing Information Points that will include several Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) elements.

These elements will include real time information and touch screen functions to provide wider transport and council information, smartcard readers and vending capabilities, payment mechanisms for contactless card payments, as well as the supply of paper tickets and receipts.

The tender notice for the contract, scheduled to last ten years, also seeks to implement a help point service for passengers to provide a two-way voice link to an emergency control centre.

A closing date for interested bidders has been set for April 7, with the contract set to commence from May 30, 2016.

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