Provide Pension Services to GovCo Employees

Provide Pension Services to GovCo Employees

The Department for Work and Pensions has a requirement for a new defined contribution Master Trust pension arrangement for staff who will be employed by GovCo, a limited company established by the DWP. The employees will not be civil servants.

United Kingdom-Blackpool: Pension services

2016/S 124-222514

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for Work and Pensions
Peel Park, Brunel Way
Contact point(s): All communications must be via the e-sourcing portal at https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk — Please see Section VI.3) Additional Information for details on how to register
For the attention of: Liz Johnstone
FY4 5ES Blackpool
United Kingdom
E-mail: liz.johnstone@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions

Electronic access to information: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from:The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Department for Work and Pensions
Peel Park, Brunel Way
FY4 5ES Blackpool
United Kingdom

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Provision of Pension Services to GovCo Employees.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: DWP and supplier sites.
NUTS code

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Department for Work and Pensions has a requirement for a new defined contribution Master Trust pension arrangement for staff who will be employed by GovCo, a limited company established by the DWP. The employees will not be civil servants. The arrangement will be between the pension provider and GovCo but the DWP will be engaging in the procurement process on GovCo’s behalf.
The GovCo will be an enabler to DWP’s Technology Vision for 2020, and provide ADMS services to the Department using specialist IT employees. The GovCo will be wholly owned, and fully funded, by the Department. It will be a non-departmental government body operating as a company limited by guarantee.

Pension provision is a supporting service that must be in place before the 1st wave of employees transfer to the GovCo during October 2016.

The successful supplier will be required to:
1. Provide, manage and support a qualifying workplace defined contribution pension scheme for all eligible GovCo employees as the number of employees grows;
2. Provide implementation and launch support; for example managing bulk transfer of existing pension assets to the new GovCo scheme and setting up payroll integration if needed;
3. Provide support to members and the employer; e.g. providing an online member support service to access annual statements, fund performance and data, and investment selection.
DWP reserves the right not to procure all or part of the services listed and to change the scope for the potential services.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

66520000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

DWP intends to award 1 contract for the delivery of a pension service for the GovCo.
The value of this contract is estimated to be between 150 000-170 000 GBP.
DWP may increase the volume of the service where an increased service is required. DWP will also have the option to extend the contract for up to a further 2 (1+1) years, subject to satisfactory performance of the contract. Any variations or extensions will be subject to discussion and agreement between the Provider and the GovCo, with inclusion of DWP where necessary, at the appropriate time. All contract values provided within this Contract Notice are indicative contract values.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 150 000 and 170 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: DWP may increase the volume of the service where an increased service is required. DWP also reserves the option to extend the contract for up to a further 2 (1+1) years. The contract value may also increase in proportion to any variation and/or extension.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

N/A.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

See tender documents.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

If a consortium of Providers is formed to tender for this Provision, a lead contractor must be nominated. If successful, DWP will contract with the lead contractor, who in turn must contract with other Providers within the consortia (unless the consortium is a legal entity in its own right, in which case, DWP will contract with the legal entity).

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Suppliers will be assessed against the selection and exclusion criteria as detailed within the ITT.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to the Invitation to Tender documents, which are available to download from: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please refer to the Invitation to Tender documents, which are available to download from:https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:

Please refer to the Invitation to Tender documents, which are available to download from: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Please refer to the Invitation to Tender documents, which are available to download from: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2016/S 112-199988 of 11.6.2016

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 26.7.2016 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

26.7.2016 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 10 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 26.7.2016 – 12:00

Place:

e-Procurement.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system. Suppliers Instructions: How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ — Enter your correct business and user details — Note your chosen username and click ‘Save’. You will receive an email with your password (keep this secure); 2. Express an Interest in the Tender — Login to the portal with the username/password — Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) — Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content — Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page — This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (A secure area reserved for your projects only) — You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box; 3. Responding to the Tender — Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) — You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification — Note the deadline for completion. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT — There may be a mixture of online and offline actions to complete (detailed online help available). To submit your reply use the ‘Submit Response’ button (top of the page). For further assistance please consult the online help, or the eTendering help desk. DWP expressly reserves the rights: (i) To use a reverse auction; (ii) To cancel this procurement at any stage; (iii) To not award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; (iv) And in no circumstances will DWP be liable for any costs incurred by potential suppliers.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Department for Work and Pensions
Peel Park, Brunel Way
FY4 5ES Blackpool
United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: This authority will incorporate, on a voluntary basis, a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 87) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may award damages and in the case of specified breaches of the rules may also order the termination or shortening of the contract and the levying of fines. Economic Operators seeking the termination of a contract (where this is permitted) may be required to bring action within 30-days, although this period is extended to 6-months in specified circumstances. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
You may also care to note the information provided via the DWP commercial complaints process.

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Department for Work and Pensions
Peel Park, Brunel Way
FY4 5ES Blackpool
United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

24.6.2016

 

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