HMRC seeks digital platform for field fraud officers
Tax agency issues procurement alert for ‘notebook application’ for evidence-gathering
HM Revenue and Customs is seeking an application to allow its field officers investigating fraud to record and process information.
The tax agency has issued an early engagement notice to inform potential suppliers that it is “considering procurement options” regarding its need for a “digital notebook application”. Such an application is needed to allow the department’s field officers to record evidence and other information during investigations into civil or criminal fraud cases.
HMRC is seeking to deploy off-the-shelf commercial software that can be installed on the smartphones and Microsoft Surface Pro hybrid devices used by its Fraud Investigation Services (FIS) division. The software must also integrate with the department’s wider technology estate and infrastructure.
- HMRC annual report shows online growth but acknowledges Brexit peril
- Work on digital tools for personal tax to remain in limbo until spending review
- HMRC approved for £112m Microsoft spending
“The application will have the capability to: record notes, take photographs, record video [and] audio, receive witness signatures and perform speech-to-text in multiple languages,” the department added. “All case-related notebook entries will adhere to evidential standards, to ensure that contents are admissible as evidence in court. The application will have GPS and date/time-stamp functionality, which will be recorded against the file note when uploaded and saved. Once saved, the file will 'lock' editing functionality.”
FIS is “responsible for the department's investigations to protect funding for UK public services”, HMRC said.
The division “embraces future ways of working and technology to enable our staff to work efficiently and effectively”, according to the tax agency.
Prior to the launch of any formal procurement exercise, HMRC will host an online “market-engagement exercise”, in which suppliers will be invited to register to receive more information about the department’s needs and answer questionnaires.
Company secures four-year engagement
With ambitious plans for digital infrastructure, online services, and cloud migration, one local authority has a busy year ahead. Gill Hitchcock reports.
County council publishes three-lot framework tender
Role comes with a remit to oversee the work of 140 staff across four areas
BT offers expert perspectives on how to orchestrate successful cloud adoption
Take away all the boundaries in security testing, and protect your organisation from the dark side, with red teaming to evaluate your defences and expect the unexpected - BT explains how
To have the best chance of an effective response and a full recovery, organisations should have a robust incident response strategy in place, says BT
We hear from BT about why delivering a great customer experience depends on your network visibility