Buying Solutions is factoring in potential delays to the 1 March launch of its new three-year Commodity IT Hardware and Software (CITHS) public sector procurement framework after extending suppliers' current contracts.
The existing agreement was due to expire at the end of this month as the replacement kicks in but the framework organiser has pushed it back to 30 April to avoid any disruption to the Government's year-end buying cycle.
A spokeswoman at Buying Solutions said it still intended to unveil the £6bn CITHS programme at the start of March but had extended the current framework as a precautionary measure.
"This short overlap reduces the possibility of a gap in provision if we have any delays with CITHS," she added.
It has been beset with issues following complaints by bidders that did not make it through to Invitation To Tender stage and Buying Solutions was forced to review and overhaul the scoring metrics.
As a result of the new system, the line-up of suppliers that made it through to ITT changed and sources close to the situation are expecting another series of appeals.