The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to establish a £1.5bn multi-year framework to hire external contractors to help deliver its digital IT programmes and transformation for the next three to five years.
In this connection, the ministry has published a prior information notice seeking contracts in the field of defence and security. This is part of the Ministry of Defence’s plan to revise its approach to contracting expertise in support of roles pertaining to digital and information and communications technology.
The new strategy of the Ministry of Defence will see a new procurement vehicle created which will have multiple lots covering a range of areas of expertise. Its intention will be to choose various suppliers onto a flexible delivery partner framework (FDPF) that will cover all the required digital and information technologies (D&IT) capability and expertise.
The Ministry of Defence’s notice reads: “The new framework will be a multi-lot framework that has a number of suppliers per lot to deliver a wide range of capability and expertise to MoD. The MoD will define the lot and initial capability required but will not constrain what capability suppliers can put forward as long as it fits with the capability family under the specific lot.”
However, the ministry said that it expects suppliers to be successful in multiple lots, which could result in an estimated six to nine strategic delivery partners.
The Ministry of Defence said that the framework will be in effect for an initial term of three years and can be extended by an additional two years.
The ministry expects to spend nearly £300m a year through the deal, which takes the potential value of the framework to £1.5bn.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the framework will be set up for use by all the UK public sector bodies and any of their future successors. Included in these are all central government departments, non-departmental public bodies, and executive agencies.
The ministry plans to award the contracts to the selected partners starting from July 2020. An event will be held on 6 November 2019 in London to give potential contractors a platform to better understand its requirements, and give their feedback on how to go about the procurement process.