Forensic Audit and Investigative Audit Services Contract

Forensic Audit and Investigative Audit Services Contract

The scope of the contract shall cover all aspects of forensic auditing and investigative services covering up to 2 lots split by geographic regional areas.

United Kingdom-East Kilbride: Accounting and auditing services

2014/S 181-319530

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for International Development
Abercrombie House Hairmyers
Contact point(s): Agent (for the purposes of this procurement only): Crown Commercial Service, 9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9PP
G75 8EA East Kilbride
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3450103503
E-mail: managedcontracts@ccs.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.dfid.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.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

Other: Public Procurement

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:

Forensic Audit and Investigative Audit Services Contract.

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
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Global across 28 countries.

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)

Contract for the provision of forensic audit and investigative audit services.
Contract with a single operator for each Lot.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79210000, 79212200, 79212400

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

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 Department for International Development (DFID) “Internal Audit Department (IAD) is seeking a Contract that allows DFID, (IAD country offices and UK based departments) to call on two service providers to undertake and deliver on demand, forensic audit and investigative audit services to a high professional standard.
The scope of the contract shall cover all aspects of forensic auditing and investigative services covering up to 2 lots split by geographic regional areas.
As this service will be utilised on an adhoc reactive basis, this Contract may not generate a value which reaches the higher range of the published OJEU value.
The Forensic Audit and Investigative Services Contract will be between the successful Supplier and the Contracting Authority, not the Agent.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 2 000 000 and 5 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: This Contract is for a period of 4 years with the Contracting Authority retaining the prerogative to extend the Contract for a further 2 x 12 month periods.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2
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)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Africa

1)Short description

Lot 1 of this Contract will cover Africa.
Please refer to paragraph 4.3.1 and Annex A of ITT.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79210000, 79212400, 79212200

3)Quantity or scope

The Department for International Development (DFID) “Internal Audit Department (IAD) is seeking a Contract that allows DFID, (IAD country offices and UK based departments) to call on 2 service providers to undertake and deliver on demand, forensic audit and investigative audit services to a high professional standard.
The scope of the contract shall cover all aspects of forensic auditing and investigative services covering up to 2 lots split by geographic regional areas.

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

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

5)Additional information about lots

This Procurement will establish a single Supplier per Lot Contract for the purchase of Forensic Audit and Investigative Audit Services.
Each Potential Provider may only be awarded a maximum of one Lot as a Potential Provider.
2.4 Contracts will be awarded to the highest ranking Potential Provider in each Lot.

Lot No: 2Lot title: Asia,Middle East and Overseas Territories

1)Short description

Lot 2 — Asia,Middle East and Overseas Territories.
Please refer to para 4.3.2 and Annex A in the ITT.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79210000, 79212400, 79212200

3)Quantity or scope

The Department for International Development (DFID) “Internal Audit Department (IAD) is seeking a Contract that allows DFID, (IAD country offices and UK based departments) to call on two service providers to undertake and deliver on demand, forensic audit and investigative audit services to a high professional standard.
The scope of the contract shall cover all aspects of forensic auditing and investigative services covering up to 2 lots split by geographic regional areas.
Potential Providers have the opportunity to bid for either or both of the Lots; however Potential Providers may only be awarded a maximum of one Lot.
A Supplier in one Lot may also be required at times to provide Forensic Audit and Investigative Audit Services in the geographical region within the other Lot to provide cover when demand is high. The frequency that this is required will depend on the demands of the service.
The Forensic Audit and Investigative Services Contract will be between the successful Supplier and the Contracting Authority, not the Agent.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 2 000 000 and 5 000 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

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

5)Additional information about lots

Potential Providers have the opportunity to bid for either or both of the Lots; however Potential Providers may only be awarded a maximum of one Lot.
A Supplier in one Lot may also be required at times to provide Forensic Audit and Investigative Audit Services in the geographical region within the other Lot to provide cover when demand is high. The frequency that this is required will depend on the demands of the service.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Potential Providers 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 Agent 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 Agent may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the 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: Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an Invitation to Tender (“ITT”).
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service’s e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender

Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailingExpressionOfInterest@ccs.gsi.gov.uk

Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered supplier; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Crown Commercial Service will process the email and then enable the supplier to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.

For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service Support Desk email: eEnablement@ccs.gsi.gov.uk

Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.

The ITT can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.

The ITT can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

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

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

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:

RM 3721

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

27.10.2014 – 10:00
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: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27.10.2014 – 10:00

Place:

Electronically, via web-based portal.

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

Please note this procurement is being managed and facilitated by Crown Commercial Service (referred to as the Agent). The Agent is acting on behalf of the Contracting Authority throughout the procurement process. Potential Providers should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, intends to publish the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document and the text of any Contract awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of Crown Commercial Service. Further information on transparency can be found at:

http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/about-government-procurement-service/transparency-and-accountability/transparency-procurement

The Agent expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates. If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a Contract with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential suppliers.
The value provided in Section II.1.4 is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to suppliers any business through this Contract.
From 2nd April 2014 the Government is introducing its new Government Security Classifications (GSC) classification scheme to replace the current Government Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS). A key aspect of this is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All potential suppliers should make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact on this Requirement. The link below to the Gov.uk website provides information on the new GSC:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

Please refer to the CCS website:

http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/supplier-guidance-supporting-information/complaints-during-procurement-process

for information about how complaints are handled during the procurement process.

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

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: There is no right of appeal in this procurement. If you have a complaint or seek to challenge the outcome, please follow the guidance on procedure contained in the previous section.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

17.9.2014