GDS Digital by Default procurement -a good idea but poorly executed?

GDS Digital by Default procurement -a good idea but poorly executed?

This week the Government Digital Service @GDSteam informed the market which suppliers had successfully passed the first qualification round of the Digital Services public sector tender. This public sector procurement is looking to select 50 organisations to compete on a Framework for digital contracts worth an estimated £40m within the next 9 months. The contracts on offer are the 25 exemplar services identified by the core central government departments and agencies. 

While the GDS has to be applauded for their innovative and open approach in supplier sourcing I do question whether a positive outcome will be achieved. It is too early to confirm but my reservations are as follows:

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NAO view on the importance of digital services in government

NAO view on the importance of digital services in government

NAO presented at csLive today providing an interesting perspective on the importance of digital services on government. Please see below for a review of their slides.

 

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GDS announce third major update to Transaction Explorer

GDS announce third major update to Transaction Explorer

GDS announced today their third major update to their Transactional Explorer service. The list shows the breadth of transactional services provided by the government, from tax-based transactions with volumes in the millions per year, to applications with only a few.

As part of the announcement was the inclusion for the first time the publish of data on digital take-up: the number of transactions completed through digital channels. The agency stated "As departments start to implement their digital strategies, and as services are being transformed, the Explorer tool will track the rise in digital take-up and the effect this has in reducing costs per transaction."

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