'Prime' suppliers line up for passport deal

1 November 2007
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01 November 2007

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has shortlisted eight companies to tender for the £2 billion contract to supply passports and ID cards.

Accenture, BAE Systems, CSC, EDS, Fujitsu, IBM, Steria, and Thales will go forward to the next stage of the process to gain a place on the IPS framework agreement for the project. IPS will narrow down the list to five suppliers by next May.

The aim of the framework agreement is to act as an approved contractor list, which will allow suppliers to participate in mini-competitions for smaller contracts worth between £50 million and £500 million.

IPS commercial director Bill Crothers said: "We have a solid core of eight 'prime' bidders who will go forward to the next stage of the procurement process. Each prime bidder has a network of sub-contractors representing a wide range of industry talent."

Experts told SM that framework agreements allow more and faster competitions and avoid excessive reliance on a single contractor (News, 23 August).

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