Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
National Crime Agency
PO Box 8000
For the attention of: Stephen (NCA Corporate Goods) Cox
B3 2WH London
Telephone: +44 1925663165
General address of the contracting authority: http://ho.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
Other: National Crime Agency
Public order and safety
Other: Law Enforcement
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Provision Digital Forensic Services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: UK National delivery (England Northern Ireland and Wales).
NUTS code UK
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)
Provision of Digital Forensic examinations Digital Devices and Cell Site Analysis.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
72800000, 64200000, 33950000, 35000000
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Laboratory analysis is required on digital devices. The digital forensic requirement can therefore be categorised as follows;
— Data collection/acquisition – Acquiring a forensically sound image/copy of a physical device, selected data (logical) or volatile data.
— Data Processing – Digital prioritisation processes including data profiling and an assessment of its investigative value.
— Data analysis – Analysing and processing data.
— Data Interpretation – Subjective and complex investigation of theories regarding the presence or provenance of digital data including an assessment of the likelihood of findings.
Cellsite analysis activities will include:
— Reformatting, presentation and explanation of network-provided Call Data Records.II.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 10 000 000 and 12 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 60 (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:
A parent company guarantee and/or other guarantees of performance and financial standing may be required if considered appropriate by the Client.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
The Clients requirements will be set out in the Invitation to Tender (ITT).
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
It is envisaged that a single legal entity per lot will be required for the provision of the services. Consortium bids will be considered but it is expected that, if successful, a consortium will be required to form a single legal entity before being awarded a contract.
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: Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met: (a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations; (b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding up or administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations; (c) has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct; (d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can demonstrate; (e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority; (f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority; (g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information; (h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organisation, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA; (i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26.5.1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively; (j) has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire published via BravoSolution in conjunction with this notice.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Any minimum standards applicable will be set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire in conjunction with this notice. Any potential Provider failing to meet the minimum standards will be disqualified from further participation in this procurement.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire published via BravoSolution in conjunction with this notice.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Any potential Provider failing to meet the minimum standards will be disqualified from further participation in this procurement.
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
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: Re issues of OJEU notice due to significant increase in monetary value.
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged number of operators: 20
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
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.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
COM 2012 32
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
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: 21.11.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
25.11.2013 – 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
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Bidders are advised that this contract notice Supersedes TED publication 2012/S244-401778. All bidders who were successful during that PQQ will be carried forward following additional checks. All providers previously submitted PQQ and were unsuccessful after evaluation should not apply unless significant change and authority should be sought from the Client. New bidders are required to complete and return the authorities PQQ. Documents and be down loaded from Bravo Solutions (ho.bravosolutions.co.uk) Digital Project 19082. Under the Clients (NCA) commitment to the collaborative agenda it is intended to structure any contract (s) resulting from this procurement to allow use by all UK Law Enforcement Agencies and their statutory successors and organisations created as a result of re-organisation or organisational changes. Such use is not guaranteed. The Client will not reimburse any expenses incurred by Potential Providers in preparing their responses to the PQQ or their participation in any aspect of the competition unless specifically stated otherwise. The Client reserves the right to: cancel this procurement: not award a contract as a result of this procurement: amend or vary this procurement: or award a contract to more than one contractor as a result of this procurement.
The Client intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise. Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): http://ho.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 the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete.
— You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please 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. (This is 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, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT.
— There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Client will incorporate a minimum standstill period of 10 working days at the point of receipt of notice of award by the unsuccessful bidders, in accordance with the Remedies Directive.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained