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Services - 239830-2019

23/05/2019    S99    Services - Contract notice - Restricted procedure 

United Kingdom-London: Administration services

2019/S 099-239830

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Secretary of State for the Home Department
Postal address: 2 Marsham Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: SW1P 4DF
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: SVS Procurement Team

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

HMPO Scanning, Validation and Storage

Reference number: C10931
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Contract for the provision of back-office services for Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to support the processing of passport applications. Required services include secure handling and digitisation of documentation, cashiering and payment processing, checking and validation of documentation, physical storage and retrieval of documentation and the return of documentation to the applicant. This service will support the transformation strategy of HMPO to become a modern digital business. Reducing and removing reliance on the current paper workflow while maintaining the business continuity of existing services. Services must be delivered from 2 secure Document Handling Units located at supplier’s facilities. Further information is available via the Crown Commercial Service's e-Sourcing Suite.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 120 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Established in 2006, Her Majesty’s Passport Office provides passport services for British nationals residing in the UK and to those residing overseas with over 6 000 000 passports issued each year.

The current contract for handling and preparing new applications for examination by HMPO staff is due to expire. HMPO seeks a commercial partner to provide new replacement service to both maintain business continuity while transforming existing arrangements to introduce a modern, digital service. This will be delivered within 2 secure Document Handling Units (DHU) located at supplier’s facilities. It will reduce the flow of hardcopy documentation across the business, eliminate geographical restraints, maximise efficiency and quality and improve document fraud detection.

Services will include:

— scalable provision to meet varying levels of demand in both the short and long term to required deadlines,

— digitisation and association of any paper input submitted as part of an application,

— handling, sortation, security screening, opening and tracking of incoming mail,

— processing of application payments,

— verification of the physical integrity and validity of paper applications and supporting documents,

— scanning of paper applications and supporting documents to a quality that enables accurate transfer of applicant data and examination by HMPO staff,

— engaging with Applicants and HMPO staff to ensure required information is received,

— secure storage of data and transfer of data to HMPO systems in conformance to industry information security management standards,

— responsibility for documents lost or damaged within the DHU,

— documents to be stored and prepared for return to Applicants, forwarded to other Departments or Third Parties as required.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 120 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This contract can be extended for up to 2 years with an option for a further 1 year extension (5 + 2 + 1). The estimated value includes the optional extension periods.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

This is a restricted procedure with open access to the selection questionnaire (SQ) stage once a non-disclosure agreement has been completed. SQ submissions will be scored, suppliers ranked and 5 will invited to submit tenders to bid for the contract.

Additional Information on using the eSourcing portal can be obtained via the eSourcing portal.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The Authority is not responsible for any bidding costs incurred by potential suppliers in respect of this procurement. The Authority reserves the right to abandon the competitive process and not award any contract; make any changes it sees as reasonable to the competition; remove and/or amend element(s) from the scope of the requirements; and accept or reject any tender.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 10/07/2019
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 27/08/2019
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

Respondents are requested to express an interest, the process for which is set out below. For the avoidance of doubt, please note that respondents are required to express an interest separately for this competition regardless of their involvement in the previous market engagement activities for this project. Any such involvement does not constitute an expression of interest for the competition advertised in this notice. In order to express an interest, please follow the steps set out below.

The procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service's e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite. If you have not yet registered on the e-Sourcing Suite, this can be done online at by following the link ‘Register for CCS e-Sourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering and who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at http://

Once registered, organisations wishing to participate in the tender must send an email, as detailed below, to:

The email should be entitled ‘HMPO SVS Procurement — Expression of Interest’ and contain the following details:

— your organisation's name,

— your contact name,

— email address,

— telephone number, and

— eSourcing Login details (user name, email, account name, etc.).

Any expressions of interest not submitted in the required format (or containing the requested information) may be rejected.

The Authority requires participants to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in order to be invited to participate in the competition for this project. On receipt of an email as detailed above, the Authority will confirm receipt of the expression of interest by email with the required NDA attached together with further instructions.

Once a correctly signed NDA is received by the Authority, participants will be invited to the standard selection questionnaire (SQ) to progress further in the process via eSourcing portal. Invitations to the SQ Event will be sent 4.6.2019 provided a valid NDA has been received by the Authority or after that date in cases when a valid NDA is received after 4.6.2019.

The closing date for SQ submissions is 12:00 Wednesday 10.7.2019. SQ clarification questions can not be submitted any later than 12:00 Thursday 27.6.2019.

For technical assistance on use of the eSourcing Suite contact: Crown Commercial Service Help-desk: freephone: +443450103503 or email:

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: N/A
Town: N/A
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: