Financial Audit Services Tender for National Audit Office

Financial Audit Services Tender for National Audit Office

The National Audit Office is putting in place a Framework Agreement for the provision of services and advice in relation to financial audit work and all aspects of auditing annual financial statements.

UK-Victoria: Accounting and auditing services

2013/S 026-040320

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

National Audit Office
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road
SW1W 9SP Victoria
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2077987372
E-mail: z3-procurement@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.nao.gov.uk

Electronic access to information: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/374S6YYDN4

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/374S6YYDN4

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

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

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

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

Services
Service category No 9: Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services
NUTS code UK

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 5
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 36
Justification for a framework agreement, the duration of which exceeds four years: The Framework will not exceed 48 months
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 7 000 000 and 10 000 000 GBP

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

Accounting and auditing services. Statutory audit services. Financial auditing services. Accounting, auditing and fiscal services. Fraud audit services. Corporate governance rating services. Training programme services. Auditing services. Accounting review services. The National Audit Office is putting in place a Framework Agreement for the provision of services and advice in relation to financial audit work and all aspects of auditing annual financial statements
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79210000, 79212300, 79212100, 79200000, 79212400, 79212110, 80521000, 79212000, 79212500

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:

The National Audit Office is putting in place a Framework Agreement for the provision of services and advice in relation to financial audit work and all aspects of auditing annual financial statements
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 7 000 000 and 10 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The Framework Agreement will be for 3 years with an option to extend for one further year
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 1
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)
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:

Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement. Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability may be required by the Contracting Authority if considered appropriate .
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, the Contracting Authority may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the Framework Agreement.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Any other condition as specified in the tender documentation
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: Participants will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, on the basis of information provided in response to the Invitation to Tender.
The Invitation to Tender Document is located at: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/374S6YYDN4

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Information and formalities necessary for evaluating of the requirements are met: Participants will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, on the basis of information provided in response to the Invitation to Tender.
The Invitation to Tender Document is located at: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/374S6YYDN4

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The potential Framework Agreement Value must not exceed 10% of turnover.

III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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
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:

GEN/12/37.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

25.3.2013 – 17:00
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

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Place:

Electronically via e-tendering tool.

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

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:
https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Victoria:-Accounting-and-auditing-services./374S6YYDN4

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:
https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/374S6YYDN4

GO Reference: GO-201321-PRO-4559271

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

National Audit Office
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road
SW1W 9SP Victoria
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: Z3-Procurement@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 2077987372

Body responsible for mediation procedures

National Audit Office
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road
SW1W 9SP Victoria
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: Z3-Procurement@nao.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 2077987372

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point when information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Participants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Contracting Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the participant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5), as amended, provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Contracting Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:1.2.2013