DfE to set up portal for staff to buy homeworking kit

Department looks to get platform up and running this week

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The Department for Education is undertaking a quickfire procurement exercise to set up a portal that will allow its staff to order any equipment needed to work from home.

The DfE published a contract notice on Tuesday – with a submission deadline of today – seeking a supplier that could deliver such a platform.

“The Department for Education requires a solution to be provided that will allow its staff to purchase home working equipment using a portal and have it delivered to their residential address,” it said. “The portal should be available for use from 3 April.”


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The procurement is being held via the Crown Commercial Service’s Technology Products and Associated Services framework. Suppliers on the vehicles second lot – which contains 37 firms accredited to deliver hardware and services – are invited to respond to a “mini-competition” being run via the department’s bespoke Jaggaer online platform.

Given the time constraints, the DfE is using the framework’s “simplified competition route”.

The value of the deal to the winning supplier is listed as £500,000.

 

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