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By | Government Computing 17th September 2012 07:34

G-Cloud: Please excuse our 'overlapping' frameworks

We've moved beyond 'traditional' contracts, mmm'kay?

The G-Cloud team says that in a move away from traditional frameworks, it is setting up "multiple overlapping frameworks" which it says are each compliant with the Official Journal of the European Union process.

A blog post on the G-Cloud website explains that bidding for G-Cloud contracts can become "unusual" – and that once the G-Cloud programme has gone through the OJEU process and set-up framework "we go and do it all over again".

The G-Cloud blog says that the market for cloud services changes all the time and the G-Cloud programme wants to keep up.

"And no, it's not a dynamic procurement system (DPS), it's a way of using frameworks to give some of the properties of a DPS without being one, " the blog insists.

The post goes on to explain to buyers that they need to have a set of criteria against which to judge suppliers. The message for suppliers is that they cannot switch from what has already been tendered. Although there is nothing to stop a buyer talking to suppliers, all they can do is clarify.

"No negotiation can occur as the offer on the CloudStore is fixed," the G-Cloud blog says. "In a simple case where two or more services meet the criteria the buyer must select the cheapest one. This way a buyer has fulfilled all they legally need to do to make a least cost decision."

This article was originally published at Government Computing.

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