MoJ shops for ICT provider for Her Majesty's prisons
3-year deal to give services to crim-managers
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is looking for a provider of ICT services for the National Offender Management Service (Noms), as part of a transition towards using its Future ICT Sourcing (Fits) model.
It has published a tender for a three-year deal worth up to £300m to provide services for hardware, software and networks. It is aiming to award the contract next year to provide an interim solution until a transition to Fits by 2015, although there is a provision for two possible extensions of a year each.
The existing ICT infrastructure of Noms covers its headquarters and 131 prisons and includes desktops, networks, telephony and application services.
Fits involves the implementation of a service tower model for delivering infrastructure, applications, services and communications across the whole of the MoJ, replacing a range of programmes. The relevant contracts will be tendered separately.
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Value for money
On a three year deal they will get seriously screwed on cost, unless they go for a your mess for less deal with no improvement,be cheaper to extend the incumbent.
If the shoe FiTS.
Looks to me like the companies that were doing the work have ran out of time, and they now have to face that the government's changed, and they're bribing^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H lobbying, the wrong party.
My MP said that the government was committed to delivering projects that work after I said they would rather IT projects fail (after an election,) so long as they employ lots of collateral people on the side who remain in a job until after that election, instead of making three really competent people millionaires and delivering the project in months.
I'd therefore love to go for this, but just know that no matter how many of my very competent colleagues I got on board, we wouldn't have sufficiently good diversity policy, maternity policy, employ local people policy, renewables policy, and we'd then be forced to employ loads of single mothers, old people, care in the community types, and women with degrees in ecologically friendly gender studies to write a policy paper on "why the patriarchy created the phrase work life balance to identify the part timer layabouts"
(Why do diversity officers get paid so much out of interest? What else can they do? Would you trust one to fix your boiler, or even clean the office?)
Who will take bets that a big company will get it, and Tory government ministers will get non executive directorships there in a decade or so?
I'll have a D please Bob
Is this in any way to go along with the need for more and more tagging as there are more and more people nicked for assembling to voice thier discontent?
Well, at least the armies of successive consultants will be comfy.