BSF buying and bidding process to be reviewed


BSF buying and bidding process to be reviewed

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Partnership for Schools (PfS) is proposing a review of the bidding process and the way IT is procured under the Building Schools for the Future programme.


The non-departmental body set up in 2004 by the Government to manage the re-generation of secondary schools in England by 2023 at a budget of £55bn.


The previous review in 2008 cut procurement timescale by up to two months and costs across the programme by £250m, said PfS chief executive Tim Byles.


"By exploring the possible steps such as centralised Pre-Qualification Questionnaire process...and looking again at where ICT procurement fits in the process could all hold the key to improved timeliness and cost effectiveness."


A centralised PQQ would cancel out the requirement for supplier to wade through the process each time they bid for a scheme. This may cut ten weeks out of the 75-week procurement cycle, but the ultimate goal is 52-weeks said Byles.


The exploration of ICT procurement and whether it can be changed includes early funding for kitting out schools that are in later phases of BSF.

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