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Whitehall to "pause" all GPS ICT procurements in frameworks review

David Bicknell Published 31 October 2012

Review will assess how ICT framework agreements are being used

All planned Government Procurement Service (GPS) ICT procurements will be paused pending the outcome of an internal review to ensure they are achieving the best results for buyers and suppliers, the Cabinet Office has said.

It indicated that the review will look at how effectively "current and in-flight" ICT frameworks are being used. Framework agreements remove excessive procurement procedures and the need for extensive tendering by helping buyers to choose from a list of pre-approved suppliers.

Bill Crothers, the Government's chief procurement officer, has commissioned GPS managing director David Shields to lead the review, which will assess all GPS ICT frameworks. As a result, the Cabinet Office said, "There will be a pause on all planned GPS ICT frameworks whilst the review is ongoing. Existing ICT procurement frameworks will continue to be used as normal, with buying not affected."

The Cabinet Office's parliamentary secretary Chloe Smith said: "Our ICT framework agreements already remove excessive procurement procedures, but we want to make sure they are achieving the best savings and are easier and faster for both buyers and suppliers, including SMEs. That's sensible for the taxpayer and for businesses. That is why we have paused all currently planned Government Procurement Service (GPS) ICT frameworks to review their effectiveness."

Crothers said: "We want to ensure GPS framework agreements are driving the greatest competition, and achieving a wider range of suppliers, including SMEs, in the ICT market. I have therefore asked David Shields to assess how we are using these frameworks so that we can achieve the most effective results for everyone.This pause will allow us to look at whether we are getting this right and how we can minimise duplication across Government."


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