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Government's Digital by Default agenda gathers pace with £100m tender

Computing - The government has issued a £100m tender for digital services as its Digital by Default agenda picks up pace.

The strategy, which was criticised today by the House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee, was first announced by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude in June last year. It aims to push through digital public services and eventually replace telephone and in-person transactions.

The government said it is inviting suppliers "of all sizes" to join a new procurement framework that will enable them to bid for government contracts to provide digital project build services across the UK.

The Digital Services Framework was put together by the Government Procurement Service (GPS) and the Government Digital Service (GDS).

UK public sector bodies including central government departments, non-departmental public bodies, NHS bodies and local authorities will be able to use the framework agreement. It will be offered as a managed service with all services under the framework procured centrally through the GPS.

The Official Journal of the European Union notice said that the capabilities to be supplied through the digital services framework included: software engineering, product development and service design, agile delivery management, front-end design and interaction design, content design and development, system administration and web operations, and embedding agile.

The government is looking for suppliers who work in an agile way.