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News in Brief – October 28

Neil Merrett Published 28 October 2016

Police Scotland responds to ICO data audit findings, G-Cloud 9 moves into alpha phase and the National Procurement Service (NPS) issues £60m MFDs framework tender

Police Scotland enacting post-audit data protection overhaul

Police Scotland has said it is implementing a number of changes to its data security governance arrangements following a voluntary audit of its operations by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Having asked the ICO not to publish an executive summary of the audit, which considered potential improvements to protecting data, Superintendent Fergus Byrne of Police Scotland’s corporate governance team said the organisation had accepted the findings of the UK data regulator.

Byrne said the audit had focused on developing new policies for information management on the back of Police Scotland  combining 10 different legacy practices.

“This has now been completed and has identified a number of recommendations, which we are already progressing and implementing.  Other recommendations will be addressed when an ongoing review of Information Management structures has been completed," he said.

GDS launches G-Cloud 9 alpha

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has moved ahead with the launch of the alpha phase of G-Cloud 9 this month as intended. Development of the latest iteration of the framework is aimed to drastically overhaul public sector cloud commodity service procurement.

In a blog post on the switch, the organisation said it had completed a discovery phase where it engaged both public sector workers and suppliers on their views about the framework. The discovery was said to highlight a need for improved access to guidance documents, and a more efficient means of comparing available services.

Other key considerations indentified during the process was a need to address and provide a more automated means for buyers to create an audit trail using G-Cloud without having to manually take screenshots and input spreadsheet data.

“Buyers would like a simple solution within G-Cloud which would facilitate maintaining an audit trail,” said GDS in the post.

“We’ll be conducting research to understand what information is being captured to create audit trails.”

NPS launches Welsh public sector MFD tender

The National Procurement Service (NPS) of Wales has issued a £60m framework tender devised to supply multi-functional devices (MFDs) and related goods and services to public sector bodies.

Scheduled to last 24 months, with the possibility of an additional two year extension, the agreement will be open to local authorities, NHS bodies and Welsh Government organisations, as well as higher education institutions.

The framework is divided into the following lots:

Lot 1 – MFDs as well as associated goods and services

Lot 2 – print consumables

According to the tender notice, 73 public sector bodies are committed to the NPS “in principle”.

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