National Audit Office signs £2m deal for laptop refresh
Public-spending watchdog equips staff with new ‘semi-customisable’ machines
The National Audit Office is spending £2m on an organisation-wide refresh of its personal-computing estate.
Newly published commercial information reveals that the public-spending watchdog entered into an eight-month contract with Northampton-based IT reseller ACS on 1 March. The deal, which runs until the end of October, covers the NAO’s “2022 main laptop refresh”, according to the contract-award notice.
This will the entail the supply of at least 1,000 Dell Latitude 9430 laptops, as well as basic deployment services. The deal also provides the audit body with the “option for a further 300 devices within a three-year period”.
- NAO head on the challenges of assessing major projects via ‘fully remote auditing’
- Spending watchdog to probe ‘transparency’ of government procurement during pandemic
- NAO head Davies on the organisation's new strategy and the joy of a Bond film on Christmas Day
This would comfortably cover a new machine for all of the NAO’s workforce which, as of the end of the 2021/22 year, comprised 911 permanent employees.
The device in question is described by Dell as a “semi-customisable business laptop”.
The value of the NAO contract will be in the range of £1.8m to £2.2m, depending on the number of units required.
This equates with a cost-per-machine of between £1,800 and £2,000. The Latitude 9430 is currently retailing on Dell’s website at £2,281.
The NAO is the independent body charged with “holding government to account” on issues of public spending and major investment programmes. It is led by auditor general Gareth Davies, and works in tandem with MPs on the parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.
Contract covers improvements to existing services and supporting migration for millions still claiming legacy benefits
Department pursues FinOps practice via commercial agreement
Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation invests in technology tool
Customers that cannot pay fees seven times higher than contracted price face a race against time to migrate data from collapsed £40m public sector hosting firm. PublicTechnology...