According to the GDS website, there was a requirement for a framework -which it describes as a list of suppliers pre-approved to bid for government contracts – because it saves time, maintains quality and because “none of the existing frameworks specifically give us access to the deep pool of agile suppliers that we need to help us do what we need to digitally. We think it will attract a big range of suppliers, old and new. We’re looking for a wide geographical spread of expertise.”
Potential suppliers will have to prove that they are meeting the guidelines set out in the Government Service Design Manual, and will be expected to support departments in building and running services that meet the Digital by Default Service Standard.
Applications for the framework are expected to close on 7th August 2013 with the framework up and running during September.
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