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Office of Security and Counter Terrorism hunts IT partner for priority project support

David Bicknell Published 08 September 2017

Two-year, £2m project result of organisational change in Home Office that led to centralised IT technical services being dispersed


The Home Office wants to appoint a technology partner for the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism for four key projects.

The opportunity has come about because, according to a document on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists marketplace, “organisational change in the Home Office has resulted in centralised IT technical services being dispersed. As a result OSCT IT needs to source and appoint a technology partner for a two year period that can be flexible and reactive in providing the full range of agile development services using open source code and demonstrate full compliance with Government Digital Services standards.”

The two year programme, for which there is a £2m budget, covers four priority projects which need resourcing to deliver digital outcomes.

Although some initial Discovery work has been undertaken on a “We Protect” workstream, the remaining three work streams need to be defined and initiated, the opportunity says.

It explains that “in all practical terms the four work streams have not been started – but all four are deemed to be very high priority. The appointed supplier will initially be required to undertake stakeholder engagement across all four work streams in order to define User requirements and provide outline design proposals.”

The other three projects are “Prevent Communications”, a “Prevent Desistence and Disengagement Programme Case Working Tool”, and a “Joint Security and Resilience Council Website development.”

The opportunity document points out that the appointed supplier will work primarily with representatives from the OSCT business area, as well Home Office Digital Data and Technology resources, while the WeProtect work stream will require the appointed supplier to work alongside an incumbent contractor. According to the documentation, the appointed supplier may at some point in the future be required to “effect formal skills and knowledge transfer to permanent appointees.”

The deadline for asking questions about the opportunity will be next Wednesday, September 13, with the closing date for applications a week later. The latest start date is expected to be Monday November 20

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