Today we’ve issued a prior information notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The notice tells companies that we plan to start a formal procurement exercise in June, and asks them to express their interest.
Last year we signed contracts with 5 identity providers. These are companies that will verify that users are who they say they are and allow people to sign in securely and conveniently to government digital services.
Identity providers are paid each time a user registers with them. The initial contracts cover the first 600,000 registrations. We’re expecting to use all of these this year, so we’re now starting the process of buying identity provider services for the next phase of the programme. We’re expecting these contracts to start in October 2014 and provide the services required throughout most of 2015.
There will be an event for interested organisations in central London on 28th April this year. We'll be asking the market for advice on our commercial approach and timescales. If you’re from an interested organisation, you can find information about how to register to attend the event in the PIN.
How the procurement will work
At this stage, we are expecting to issue an OJEU contract notice this June and to have contracts in place by October. We’ll finalise our plans after the supplier event and we’ll post more detailed information here when we have it available.
We estimate the total value for all orders under this procurement could be up to £30 million over the term of the contracts. We will award contracts to a number of suppliers within this value.