Exclusive: Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 adds almost 1,000 suppliers

Written by Sam Trendall on 28 September 2018 in News
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Supplier list seen by PublicTechnology shows close to 3,000 firms have gained a place on the new iteration of the government digital services framework. Find out who made the cut

The third iteration of the government’s Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) framework will feature 2,953 suppliers – an increase of 935 on the previous version, PublicTechnology can reveal.

Bidding for a place on the framework was open from 18 July to 22 August. According to plans laid out earlier this year by the Crown Commercial Service, suppliers were due to be appointed this month, with services scheduled to go live on the Digital Marketplace on Monday.

Although no public announcements have yet been made, documents seen by PublicTechnology indicate that 2,953 firms were successful in bidding for a place on the new framework. This compares with 2,018 companies that feature on the incumbent DOS 2.

A full list of all suppliers to make the grade is included across two images at the bottom of this story. Click on each to enlarge it.

The vast majority of suppliers – 2,552 – feature on the Digital Outcomes lot of the new vehicle. This lot covers firms that can help public sector organisations “research, test, design, build, release, iterate, support or retire a digital service”. 

The Digital Specialists lot of DOS 3 contains almost the same amount of participants, featuring a total of 2,546 suppliers. This lot will see suppliers “provide government departments and teams with specialists for work on a service, programme or project”.


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On the previous iteration of the framework, 1,586 firms featured on the Digital Outcomes lot, with 1,774 gaining a place on the Digital Specialists segment.

The third lot of DOS 3 is for suppliers that can provide studio space in which the government can conduct user research. This lot contains 135 such firms – an increase of 50 on the 85 that featured on the framework’s second iteration.

The fourth lot, which covers the provision of user research participants, contains 330 suppliers – close to double the 181 firms who gained a spot on the equivalent section of DOS 2.

Some 87 companies feature on all four lots of the new framework.

The framework comes with an estimated value of up to £1.2bn, and will run for an initial term of 12 months – plus an optional one-year extension. Public-sector organisations can use the vehicle to award suppliers call-off contracts lasting up to 30 months in total.

DOS 2 reached the end of its scheduled initial term of one year in January 2018 but, in late 2017, the framework was extended it by an additional 12 months. 

CCS declined to comment for this story.

 

 

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