Government framework already a week late

article-0-05073D31000005DC-953_634x400Suppliers wanting into the multibillion-pound government framework have been left hanging, with intention-to-award notices already a week late and no sign of them coming.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) schedule for the Technology Services 2 framework promised that intention-to-award notices were due to be sent to suppliers on 7 August, triggering a 10 day standstill period before the framework is awarded on 21 August.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson has promised the award notices are now on course to be sent this week but so far no one has received anything.

Technology Services 2 is the successor to the original Technology Services framework, which expired in May, and is estimated to be worth between £1 billion and £3 billion.

The framework will look after central and local government organisations and covers a range of IT services including hardware and software support, enterprise security and data management.

The four Lots included in the framework are: Technology Strategy and Services Design; Transition and Transformation; Operational Services; and Programmes and Large Projects.

The Cabinet Office spokesperson said the framework will go live this month.