Strategic Partner for Defence Core Network Services

Strategic Partner for Defence Core Network Services

Defence core network services (DCNS) is an information and communications technology (ICT) service acquisition change programme aimed at delivering better integrated end-to-end (E2E) ICT with greater agility and at less cost. DCNS initially focuses on replacement services for the following 5 ISS major enabling network contracts, all of which are due for replacement over the next decade: UK-Corsham: business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

2012/S 43-070636

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

DE&S Commercial, DE&S
Level B3, Building 405, MOD Corsham
Contact point(s): Director Information Systems & Services Operating Centre, DE&S
SN13 9NR Corsham
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: desissprogs-dcnscomrcl@mod.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: Director Information Systems & Services Operating Centre, DE&S
DES ISS Progs-DCNS Gemini Project Manager, Building 405, Spur C, Wilts
SN13 9NR Corsham
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: DESISSProgs-DCNSGemini@mod.uk

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

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

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:

The provision of a strategic partner for DCNS.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 26: Other services
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information on framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security. IT services: consulting, software development, internet and support. Defence core network services (DCNS) is an information and communications technology (ICT) service acquisition change programme aimed at delivering better integrated end-to-end (E2E) ICT with greater agility and at less cost. DCNS initially focuses on replacement services for the following 5 ISS major enabling network contracts, all of which are due for replacement over the next decade:
i. Defence electronic commerce service (DECS);
ii. Defence fixed telecommunications services (DFTS);
iii. Defence information infrastructure (DII);
iv. Defence high frequency communication service (DHFCS);
v. Skynet 5.
However, all ISS programmes, projects and services will be considered on a case by case basis for inclusion in DCNS in the future.
The Ministry of Defence seeks a Strategic Partner (SP) to support the development and delivery of an integrated approach to the incremental delivery of MoD ICT capabilities. The approach will build on the strategies, plans and approach developed during the early phases of DCNS, developing the ISS delivery programme in a way that, where appropriate, preserves the vision and principles of the DCNS approach whilst de-risking the delivery of programme outcomes and benefits.
The role of the strategic partner will be to support the DCNS team in devising the best way of meeting the required outcomes and then assisting with the delivery of those outcomes through the provision of key skill sets and resources across a wide range of functions, including but not limited to business, technical, commercial, financial, security, requirement, scrutiny and approval, and programme. Initially it is expected that the partner will be focused on programme management of DCNS and successful delivery of assessment phase outcomes for projects Emporium (the replacement for services currently provided by the DECS contract) and Grapevine (the replacement for services currently provided by the DFTS and DII contracts). Subject to additional approvals and commercial agreement, the partners involvement may be extended to encompass:
— the development of ISS business change management and retained organisation, including the ISS intelligent client capability,
— supporting the delivery of service management functions that need to be put in place at the beginning of transition in order to maintain capability whilst new arrangements are developed and implemented and existing arrangements are ceased,
— the development of the DCNS service portfolio,
— the development of the DCNS integration and management (SIAM) function,
— the development and maintenance of engineering and service operational architectures artefacts, processes and procedures and
— supporting the delivery of subsequent procurement projects through to implementation and the realisation of programme benefits.
The partner must be able to demonstrate:
— a proven track record in the delivery of successful outcomes for ICT acquisition, transition and service delivery,
— a proven track record in the delivery of successful outcomes for ICT organisational transformation,
— relevant and credible understanding of delivery of ICT in the defence environment,
— the capability and capacity to integrate and inspire truly effective joint working with the MOD team,
— the ability and empowerment to sustain high quality advice and outputs throughout the period of the contract including anticipated periods of uncertainty and financial challenge.
During the 3-7 year tenure of the partner, MOD will consider running further competitions for the strategic partner or activity undertaken by the strategic partner in the future.
To enable potential suppliers to better understand the scope of the MOD’s DCNS SP requirement, the contracting authority intends to hold an Industry Day at MOD Corsham on 12th and 13th March 2012.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 72000000

II.1.7)Information about subcontracting

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:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 15 000 000 and 80 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The Contracting Authority intends to enter into a three (3) year contract with potential to extend on yearly options for a further four (4) years. Exercise of any option will be at the contracting authority’s sole discretion.
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: 84 (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:
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:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject, in particular with regard to security of supply and security of information:
III.1.5)Information about security clearance:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical and/or professional 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

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

Envisaged minimum number 3 and maximum number 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
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 yes
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 has been used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

DCNS/101
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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: 3.4.2012 – 10:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

13.4.2012 – 10:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

30.4.2012
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

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 proposed procurement is subject to approval under the contracting authority’s internal financial approvals process and Central Government expenditure control arrangements. The contracting authority expressly reserves the right to cancel the procurement and / or not award a contract. The contracting authority will not be liable for any associated costs that are incurred by candidates as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice.
All conditions, requirements and questions relating to Section III, Legal, economic, financial and technical information of this notice will be covered in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) and guidance, which will be issued to potential suppliers at the planned contracting authority sponsored Industry Day to be held at MOD Corsham on 12th and 13th March 2012. Potential suppliers who are unable to attend the Industry Day will be able to access the PQQ and Guidance from the following mail box – desissprogs-dcnscomrcl@mod.uk. This information will be available from 17:00 on the 13.3.2012.

Transfer of undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) implications may apply to this procurement.
This notice is pursuant to procurement under Directive 2009/81/EC that has been transposed in the UK as the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011.
Potential suppliers should note that:
— in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, the Authority intends to publish the invitation to negotiate (ITN) document, and the text of any contract awarded, subject to possible redactions at the sole discretion of the Authority,
— any supplier personnel employed in the SP role will be required hold a security clearance under the Government vetting scheme to a minimum of security cleared (SC) level before they can be engaged in role and must sign a non disclosure agreement. Any supplier personnel required to work on deployed, above-secret and NFC activities under this contract will need to hold a developed vetting clearance,
— any supplier will be required to comply with a range of Defence security requirements that will be set-out in a Security Aspects Letter (SAL). The SAL will be available as part of the PQQ information.
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. Advertising regime OJEU: these contract opportunities are published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and the MOD Defence Contracts Bulletin. GO reference: GO-2012229-DCB-3747273.

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

Director Information Systems & Services Operating Centre, DE&S
Level B3, Building 405, MOD Corsham
SN13 9NR Corsham
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: desissprogs-dcnscomrcl@mod.uk

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Director Information Systems & Services Operating Centre, DE&S
Level B3, Building 405, MOD Corsham
SN13 9NR Corsham
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: desissprogs-dcnscomrcl@mod.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

29.2.2012