The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a prior information notice for contracts in defence and security, stating its intent to “revise its approach” to temporary tech employees. It intends to create a procurement vehicle (the ‘flexible delivery partner framework’ or FDPF), which will contain multiple lots and which is intended to supply all the necessary capabilities and expertise required for MoD digital and IT programmes in the next 3-5 years.
The MoD has not said how many lots will be created, but it anticipates appointing 6-9 delivery partners, and says the framework will last for at least 3 years, with an option to extend it to five. The MoD anticipates spending £300 million per year – or between £900 million and £1.5 billion in total – with contracts being signed in July 2020.
The framework will be set up for use by all UK public sector bodies and any of their future successors, including central government departments, non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies.
The 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.”
In order to shape the details of the framework the MoD is holding an event for potential suppliers on 6 November 2019 alongside industry body techUK.