Government introduces standard public sector IT contracts

The government has today published new standardised contract terms in an attempt to simplify the tendering process for IT...

The government has today published new standardised contract terms in an attempt to simplify the tendering process for IT suppliers.

The move will underpin ministers’ desire to move away from using Private Finance Initiative deals to fund IT projects.

The new terms, produced by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), are in response to supplier requests to replace the existing myriad of separate public sector contract documentation, with a choice of two, easy to handle "standard" contract forms.

The OGC said the new contract terms have also been produced in response to suggestions from the Better Regulation Task Force and Small Business Council, which wants to make it easier for smaller firms to compete for government IT contracts.

In addition, the OGC is offering new guidance to support the use of the standard set of terms and conditions, as both the IT Industry and government departments had specifically asked for guidance on contract usage.

OGC chief executive John Oughton, said, "These new contract terms will simplify the IT tendering process and deliver significant time and money savings for suppliers and public sector buyers."

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