Government National Security Vetting Solution – IT Software Tender
The NSVS will consist of: Application Software consisting of: A primarily e-enabled solution to allow appropriately authorised Clearance Sponsors to initiate and approve a clearance for a Subject application to be launched, progressed, tracked and completed by the Vetting Provider, maximising the use of intelligent e-forms.
United Kingdom-Corsham: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
Section I: Contracting authority
Information Systems and Services, Information Systems and Services
Spur D1, Building 405, MOD Corsham, Westwells Road
Contact point(s): DES DIST-COMRCL -CM2
For the attention of: Les Hanley
SN13 9NR Corsham
Telephone: +44 3067701830
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
NUTS code UKE21
The NSVS procurement will facilitate the replacement of the current system and contract, which expires on 24.11.2015.
On an annual basis, UK Government carries out approximately 200,000 vetting checks. The checks are primarily delivered by two Vetting Providers, Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) and Foreign & Commonwealth Office Services Vetting Unit (FCOS VU). The customer base includes both public and private sector. National Security Vetting services consist of Counter Terrorist Check, Security Check, Developed Vetting clearances, Compliance and Aftercare Management services.
The existing system is currently used only by DBS NSV. FCOS VU operates on a separate system. The NSVS will create a multi-user single platform technology from which all National Security Vetting can in future be delivered.
The NSVS will provide UK Government with significant operational benefits and will be innovative, efficient, provide managed services and deliver outstanding Value-for-Money in a secure solution envelope.
The NSVS will consist of:
— Application Software consisting of:
– A primarily e-enabled solution to allow appropriately authorised Clearance Sponsors to initiate and approve a clearance for a Subject application to be launched, progressed, tracked and completed by the Vetting Provider, maximising the use of intelligent e-forms;
– Automated system to system transfer between a range of specified data sources;
– Aftercare for the maintenance of clearances, including automation of annual security appraisal process and transfer between authorised Clearance Sponsors;
– Management Information and Reporting.
— Secure hosting;
— Managed Services;
— Online training and support for Vetting Providers, Customers and Clearance Sponsors;
— Rigorous, secure and automated third party solution interfaces;
— A testing and software change release environment;
— Disaster Recovery provision.
The MOD is leading this procurement on behalf of UK Government and looks forward to working with prospective suppliers to deliver a NSVS which offers innovation, scalability and value for money throughout the life of the contract.
The new contract will be for an initial period of 4 years with a further 1 year option.
The Authority is required to implement a dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) prior to any company being invited to tender.
Range: between 10 000 000 and 20 000 000 GBP
Description of these options: The new contract will be for an initial period of 4 years with a further 1 year option.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Payment will be made monthly in arrears on staisfactory provision of the service. the electronic Purchase2Payment (P2P) will be used as the payment mechanism. Further information on P2P can be found at http://www.d2btrade.com including the Authority’s guidelines for industry e-procurement using Purchase to payment
Description of particular conditions: The personnel of the potential providers organisation shall require a full Security Check (SC) clearance via National Security Vetting (NSV). Clearance is required prior to service commencement.
A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#dspr
Candidates will be required to sign a declaration confirming whether they do or do not have any of the listed criteria as part of the pre-qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.
(c) A statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.
This information will be sought through a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
(b) a list of the principal deliveries effected or the main services provided in the past three years, with the sums, dates and recipients, whether public or private, involved. Evidence of delivery and services provided shall be given: – where the recipient was a contracting authority, in the form of certificates issued or countersigned by the competent authority, – where the recipient was a private purchaser, by the purchaser’s certification or, failing this, simply by a declaration by the economic operator.
Section IV: Procedure
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Selection will be on the basis of the most suitable Potential Provider to perform MoD work, which will be assessed on the following criteria:
— Part 1 Form B: Grounds for mandatory rejection.
The above question will be assessed on the basis of a pass or fail and will not be scored.
— Part 1 Form C: Grounds for discretionary rejection.
The above question will be assessed on the basis of pass or fail and will be scored as follows:
Fail = 0 marks
Pass = 10 marks
— Part 1 Form D: Financial Stability.
The above question will be assessed on the basis of a holistic risk based examination of financial health and capacity and will not be scored.
The following questions in Part 1 will be scored out of 10 and will require a pass mark of greater than 8.
— Part 1 Form E: Experience and contract examples
The above question will be assessed on the evidence provided and will be assessed as a total which will be scored in accordance with the marking matrix as follows;
One, Narrative only or Nil contract examples provided: evidence will be assessed and scored 0 – 10
Two to three examples provided: only one score from 0 – 10 will be applied to the total evidence provided.
— Part 1 Form E: Staffing
The above question will be assessed and scored in accordance with the marking matrix on the following basis.
0 score = does not demonstrate sufficient capacity or ability to fulfil requirement
1 – 10 score = demonstrating minimum capacity or ability to fully support the requirement
Part 2 questions will be marked out of 10 and a weighted score allocated in line with the priority for each question, with the exception of question 6.2.14 Security which is required for information only. All the responses will then be ranked according to their total scores, removing any that failed Part 1. The aim is to arrive at a short list of no more than six potential providers for formal invitation to tender.
Scores will be awarded in accordance with the marking scheme below.
PQQ Marking Methodology.
Each PQQ will be marked and assessed using the following criteria:
Marking for Part 1 Forms C, E and Part 2, with the exception of question 6.1.20 Security which is required for information only, will utilise the marking scheme and weightings (Part 2 only) as defined below, to score each of the questions detailed in the PQQ document. The Authority will assess the documented evidence provided and apply a mark in accordance with the assessment matrix below:
Fully Acceptable 9-10
Acceptable – 3/4 5-6
Adequate – 1/2 3-4
Partially Acceptable – 1/4 1-2
Not Acceptable (For Key requirements only a ‘0′ score means non compliant and disbars the bidder from further consideration) 0
Weightings are then applied to each of the scores in Part 2 in accordance with the matrix below:
Priority Score weighting:
Key 100 %
Priority 1 75 %
Priority 2 50 %
Priority 3 25 %
The definitions of the Authority’s priority ratings are as follows:
Mandatory – Failure to positively respond to a mandatory question will result in exclusion from the competition – Pass or fail only available
Key – Key questions: assessed as being key to the capability of potential suppliers performing a MoD contract. Score of 0 will result in exclusion from the competition.
Priority 1 – High Priority: assessed as very important to the eligibility of potential suppliers.
Priority 2 – Medium Priority: an important but not fundamental item.
Priority 3 – Low Priority: a desirable item.
References, site visits, demonstrations or presentations are unlikely to be requested at this stage but the Authority reserves the right to request them as a part of the PQQ process.
Section VI: Complementary information
The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. Suppliers interested in working with the Ministry of Defence should register on the MOD Supplier Information Database (SID) Register, available at www.contracts.mod.uk. The MOD SID is a database of active and potential suppliers available to all MOD and UK Defence procurement personnel, and is the main supplier database of MOD Procurement organisations. Please note: the registration and publication of a company profile on the MOD SID does not mean or imply that the supplier has in any way been vetted or approved by the MOD. Suppliers wishing to compete for advertised MOD contracts must respond to any specific call for competition by submitting a separate expression of interest in accordance with the instructions of the purchasing organisation.
From 2 April 2014 the Government is introducing its new Government Security Classifications Policy (GSC) to replace the current Government Protective Marking Scheme. A key aspect of this is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All suppliers to the Department are encouraged to 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.
The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise.
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VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:21.3.2014