Services - 114997-2014

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04/04/2014    S67

United Kingdom-London: Information technology services

2014/S 067-114997

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: Cabinet Office
Postal address: 1 Horse Guards Parade
Town: London
Postal code: SW1A 2 HQ
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: David Kershaw
Telephone: +44 7932279944

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
United Kingdom Government Identity Assurance Service.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 7: Computer and related services


II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Government Digital Service (GDS), part of Cabinet Office, manages the Identity Assurance Service for the whole of government. Identity assurance is the new way for people to sign in to government services securely and conveniently, and allows government services to be confident that users are who they say they are to a defined level of assurance.
Identity assurance takes a federated approach to identity; individuals register with third-party Identity Providers (IDPs) rather than directly with HM Government. IDPs check a range of evidence, according to published standards, to establish to a defined level of confidence that the user is who they say they are, before assuring the identity to the GDS hub which then confirms that assurance to the relevant government service. Each identity is valid across all government services that have signed up to the service.
This procurement is for the provision of identity assurance services, namely identity proofing and authentication, to the GDS hub, in compliance with the relevant standards.
The most important standards are set out in the following documents:
— Identity Proofing and Verification of an Individual -
— Requirements for Secure Delivery of Online Public Services -
— Authentication Credentials for Online Government Services -
More details on the technical requirements can be found on
More information on the Identity Assurance Programme can be found here:
The first government service started using identity assurance in private beta - an early version of the service, available to a restricted number of users - in February 2014. The service will move into public beta - a scaled version of the service, which all users will be able to use to access an increasing range of government services - in summer 2014. Other government services will start using identity assurance during 2014 and 2015.
Cabinet Office expects to have the contracts in place in October 2014 and to purchase services under this procurement in sufficient numbers to meet all demand for assured identities from HMG for most of 2015. The expectation is that a further procurement will be implemented during 2015 to purchase the next tranche of identities to cover continuing demand beyond 2015.
Supplier Engagement Event:
Cabinet Office is hosting a supplier engagement event on 28.4.2014 in central London. The purpose of the event is for Cabinet Office to update its understanding of industry capabilities and to gain views from the market about the commercial strategy and timescales in readiness for the procurement exercise.
The terms and timetable for the procurement exercise will be determined following the supplier engagement event. However, Cabinet Office currently anticipates publishing an OJEU Contract Notice in June 2014.
If you are interested in attending our supplier engagement event please register your interest by emailing (with “Supplier Engagement Event” and the name of your organisation in the title of your E Mail) with the following information:
— Company name or proposed consortium name.
— Name of individual and job title (lead contact).
— Email address.
— Contact telephone number.
Due to the expected interest in the event, access will be limited; we hope to allow two individuals per organisation or group but may need to reduce this to one.
Once you have registered for the event an invitation will be sent to you containing details of the location, timing and structure of the event and the number of individuals who can attend from the invited organisation or group.
Based on venue size places will be offered in order of registration.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 30 000 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72222300 Information technology services, 48000000 Software package and information systems, 48611000 Database software package, 48613000 Electronic data management (EDM), 48732000 Data security software package, 48810000 Information systems, 64216000 Electronic message and information services, 64216110 Electronic data exchange services, 64216200 Electronic information services, 64216210 Value-added information services, 72212732 Data security software development services, 72300000 Data services, 72315200 Data network management services, 75130000 Supporting services for the government, 75131000 Government services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.8)Additional information:
The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
The total potential value for all orders under this procurement could be up to GBP 30,000,000 (as indicated at II.3) over the lifetime of the Contract. Contracts will be awarded to a number of suppliers within this overall value.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
Relevant governmental Internet sites where information can be obtained

Tax legislation

Environmental protection legislation

Employment protection and working conditions

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: