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Services Restricted Procedure Notice



SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY

I.1) NAME, ADDRESSES AND CONTACT POINT(S) Official name: National Audit Office, Postal Address: 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, Town: Victoria London, Telephone: 0207 798 7372, E-mail: Z3-Procurement@nao.gsi.gov.uk, Contact Point(s): Procurement Manager, For the attention of: , Postal Code: SW1W 9SP, Country: UNITED KINGDOM, Fax: 0207 798 5400, General address of the contracting authority (URL): www.nao.org.uk, Address of the Buyer Profile (URL):
I.1.1) Further information can be obtained at
I.1.2) Specifications and additional documents (including documents for a Dynamic Purchasing System) can be obtained at
I.1.3) Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to
I.2.1) Type of contracting authority European Institution/Agency or International Organisation
If 'other' please specify
I.2.2) Main activity or activities
Other
If 'other' please specify Government Auditor
I.2.2) The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities? No

SECTION II: OBJECT OF THE CONTRACT

II.1) DESCRIPTION
II.1.1) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority UK-London: Support to NAO VFM investigations
II.1.2) Service Category 11.
II.1.2.1) Main place of performance Nationwide
NUTS Code
II.1.3) The notice involves A public contract
II.1.4) Information on framework agreement (if appropriate)
Framework agreement with several operators
Number
OR, if applicable, maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged 10
II.1.4.1) Duration of the framework agreement (if appropriate)
Period in year(s) 4
OR month(s)
Justification for a framework agreement the duration of which exceeds four years
II.1.4.2) Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement (give figures only)
Estimated value excluding VAT
OR range: between 6000000
and 16000000
Currency GBP
Frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded (if possible) Approximately 30-60 per annum, value usually between 20,000 GBP and 100,000 GBP per contract
II.1.5) Short Description of the contract or purchase(s) Professional services to support the NAO's 'value for money' investigations. Working in most cases with NAO staff, suppliers will assist with reviews of the performance of UK government organisations, ranging from research into policy initiatives to assessments of service delivery and financial performanceResearch and development consultancy services.Design and execution of research and development.Accounting, auditing and fiscal services.Market and economic research; polling and statistics.Business and management consultancy and related services.
II.1.6) Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)
Main Object: 73200000.
Additional Object: 79300000.
Additional Object: 79400000.
Additional Object: 73300000.
Additional Object: 79200000.
II.1.7) Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)?
II.1.8) Division into lots No
If yes, tenders should be submitted for
Lot No
II 1.9) Variants will be accepted No
II.2) QUANTITY OR SCOPE OF THE CONTRACT
II.2.1) Total quantity or scope (including all lots and options, if applicable) The NAO intends to appoint approximately 6-8 suppliers to form a framework that will support up to 60 'value for money investigations' that the Office conducts annually. These suppliers will then generally compete in 'min-competitions for discrete pieces of work (contracts) as they arise. While the NAO cannot guarantee volume, in most cases, the value of each contract will be between 20000 and 120000 GBP and will consist of various research, analytical and consultative services provided in support of NAO staff leading and working on the investigation. The NAO will also contract outside this framework for such work where it feels that is more appropriate. Further detail about the nature of the work will be provided in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire and tender documents
If known, estimated value excluding VAT (give figures only)
OR range: between 6000000
and 16000000
Currency GBP
II.2.2) Options (if applicable)
If yes, description of these options
If known, provisional timetable for recourse to these options: Period in month(s)
or day(s)
Number of possible renewals (if any):
or Range: between
and
If known, in the case of renewable contracts, estimated time-frame for subsequent contracts: in month(s)
and/or days (from the award of the contract)
II.3) DURATION OF THE CONTRACT OR TIME PERIOD FOR COMPLETION
Either: Period in months
And / or days
Or: Starting
And/or ending

SECTION III: LEGAL, ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION

III.1) CONDITIONS RELATING TO THE CONTRACT
III.1.1) Deposits and guarantees required (if applicable)
III.1.2) Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions regulating them
III.1.3) Legal form to be taken by the grouping of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded (if applicable)

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium the Contracting Authority may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the framework agreement
III.1.4) Other particular conditions to which performance of the contract is subject (if applicable)
If yes, description of particular conditions
III.2) CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION
III.2.1) Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Any supplier may be disqualified who:

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met
III.2.2) Economic and financial capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met (If applicable)
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable)
III.2.3) Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met (If applicable)
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable)
III.2.4) Reserved Contracts (if applicable)

III.3) CONDITIONS SPECIFIC TO SERVICES CONTRACTS
III.3.1) Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
If yes, reference of the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision
III.3.2) Legal entities should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service

SECTION IV: PROCEDURE

IV.1) TYPE OF PROCEDURE Restricted procedure.
IV.1.2) Limitations on the number of operators that will be invited to tender or to participate (when applicable)
Envisaged number of operators
Or Envisaged minimum number 10
and, if appropriate, maximum number 20
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Details of the evaluation criteria will be provided with the PQQ and tender documents'
IV.2) AWARD CRITERIA
IV.2.1) Award criteria (please tick the relevant box(es)) B) The most economically advantageous tender in terms of: B2) the criteria as stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document.
IV.2.2) An electronic auction will be used
If yes, additional information about electronic auction (if appropriate)
IV.3) ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
IV.3.1 File reference number attributed by the contracting entity (if applicable) Suppliers must read through this complete set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this tender. Your PQQ must be completed and submitted electronically by using Vault through BiPs Delta-ets by the due date of 20 March 2009 @ 12:00 hrs. The information and documents for this tender will be accessible at the following website www.delta-ets.com.. To be able to access these documents you will need to register your company details and enter the following Tender Access Code (TAC) 04T523593 at the bottom of the registration page, thereafter you will be issued with a USERNAME and PASSWORD. If you have already registered with Delta previously, please follow the link shown and click on the 'Delta-ets Home' tab instead. This will redirect you to the home page where you can log on using your existing username and password to collect the tender documents. If you have registered and have forgotten your Username and Password, please click on the forgotten password link on the Delta-ets homepage. Please keep this USERNAME and PASSWORD secure, and do not pass it to any third parties. You must log into Delta-ets and then click on the Vault tab, if you have added the TAC code to your registration you will automatically view the tender title. Click on this link and you will be taken into the tenderbox where the documents are stored. If you have previously accessed Delta then please enter the TAC code in Vault and you will then be able to access the documentation. Please check that you are able to access these online ITT documents. If you are experiencing problems, then please contact the Delta helpdesk via email: helpdesk@delta-ets.com or call 0845 270 7050 for further assistance Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this invite prior to the closing date and time. If you are uploading multiple documents you will have to individually load one document at a time or you can opt to zip all the documents in an application like WinZip or WinRar.
IV.3.2) Previous publication concerning the same contract
If yes:
IV.3.2.1) Notice number in OJ:
Of
IV.3.2.2) Other previous publications
Notice number in OJ:
Of
IV.3.3) Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents (except for a DPS)
Time-limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents
Time:
Payable documents
If yes, Price (give figures only):
Currency
Terms and method of payment
IV.3.4) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date 20/03/2009
Time 12:00
IV.3.5) Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6) Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up English
Other - third country
IV.3.8) Conditions for opening tenders
IV.3.8.1) Date, time and place
Date
Time
Place (if applicable)
IV.3.8.2) Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders (if applicable)
If yes, authorised persons

SECTION VI: COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

VI.1) THIS IS A RECURRENT PROCUREMENT (if applicable)
If yes, estimated timing for further notices to be published:
VI.2) CONTRACT(S) RELATED TO A PROJECT AND / OR PROGRAMME FINANCED BY EU FUNDS
If yes, reference to project(s) and / or programme(s)
VI.3) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (if applicable) Suppliers must read through this complete set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this tender. Your PQQ must be completed and submitted electronically by using Vault through BiPs Delta-ets by the due date of 20 March 2009 @ 12:00 hrs. The information and documents for this tender will be accessible at the following website www.delta-ets.com.. To be able to access these documents you will need to register your company details and enter the following Tender Access Code (TAC) 04T523593 at the bottom of the registration page, thereafter you will be issued with a USERNAME and PASSWORD. If you have already registered with Delta previously, please follow the link shown and click on the 'Delta-ets Home' tab instead. This will redirect you to the home page where you can log on using your existing username and password to collect the tender documents. If you have registered and have forgotten your Username and Password, please click on the forgotten password link on the Delta-ets homepage. Please keep this USERNAME and PASSWORD secure, and do not pass it to any third parties. You must log into Delta-ets and then click on the Vault tab, if you have added the TAC code to your registration you will automatically view the tender title. Click on this link and you will be taken into the tenderbox where the documents are stored. If you have previously accessed Delta then please enter the TAC code in Vault and you will then be able to access the documentation. Please check that you are able to access these online ITT documents. If you are experiencing problems, then please contact the Delta helpdesk via email: helpdesk@delta-ets.com or call 0845 270 7050 for further assistance Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this invite prior to the closing date and time. If you are uploading multiple documents you will have to individually load one document at a time or you can opt to zip all the documents in an application like WinZip or WinRar. GO reference: GO 09012315/01
VI.4) PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL
VI.4.1) Body responsible for appeal procedures
Body responsible for mediation procedures (if applicable)
VI.4.2) Lodging of appeals (please fill heading VI.4.2 OR if need be, heading VI.4.3)
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals:
VI.4.3) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5) DATE OF DISPATCH OF THIS NOTICE 23/01/2009


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