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


II.1.1) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority UK-London: 2010 VFM Strategic Partners
II.1.2) Service Category 11.
II.1.2.1) Main place of performance UK nationwide
II.1.3) The notice involves The establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4) Information on framework agreement (if appropriate)
Framework agreement with several operators
OR, if applicable, maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged 8
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 8000000
and 20000000
Currency GBP
Frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded (if possible)
II.1.5) Short Description of the contract or purchase(s) Professional services to support the National Audit Office's "value for money" investigations. Working in most cases with NAO staff, service providers will assist with reviews of the performance of UK government organisations, ranging from research into policy initiatives to assessments of service delivery and financial performance. The NAO is seeking to set up a framework agreement with between 6 and 8 service providers who are able to offer a wide range of skills and experience across the wider UK public sector. Providers who specialise in specific areas may wish to join with other organisations with complementary skills/experience to ensure that they are able to offer the full range of skills and experience. The requirements for such groupings are set out in III.1.3. The National Audit Office requires organisations to provide the following services: market and economic research; surveys and statistics; research and development consultancy services; business and management consultancy and related services; accounting, auditing and fiscal services.
II.1.6) Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)
Main Object: 73200000.
Additional Object: 79400000.
Additional Object: 73300000.
Additional Object: 79200000.
Additional Object: 79300000.
II.1.7) Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)? Yes
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.2.1) Total quantity or scope (including all lots and options, if applicable) The National Audit Office intends to appoint approximately 6 to 8 service providers to a framework agreement which will support up to 60 "value for money investigations" that the NAO conducts annually. Further competitions will be held under the framework agreement for discrete pieces of work (contracts) as they arise. While the National Audit Office cannot guarantee volume, Based on current arrangements the average value of each contract is expected to be around 50 000 GBP, but the values typically range between 20 000 and 225 000 GBP and will consist of various research, analytical and consultative services provided in support of NAO staff leading and working on the investigation. The National Audit Office reserves the right to also contract outside this framework agreement for any work where it considers that to be a more appropriate approach. Further details about the nature of the work will be provided in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and invitation to tender documents.
If known, estimated value excluding VAT (give figures only)
OR range: between
II.2.2) Options (if applicable) No
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
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)
Either: Period in months
And / or days
Or: Starting
And/or ending


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 an application is made jointly by two or more service providers, the grouping/consortium must EITHER form a legal entity before entering into the framework agreement OR one member of the grouping/consortium must act as prime contractor.
III.1.4) Other particular conditions to which performance of the contract is subject (if applicable) Yes
If yes, description of particular conditions Potential providers will be required to demonstrate at the selection stage that they are able to comply with the requirements of the UK Cabinet Office on personnel security, a summary of which is provided with the PQQ and related documents. The Contracting Authority will disqualify any potential provider who fails to demonstrate such compliance irrespective of their scores in other criteria. Potential providers will also be required to demonstrate at the selection stage that they have appropriate measures in place to protect information, including personal data.
III.2.1) Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Any supplier may be disqualified who:

(a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding up or administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can demonstrate;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information;
(h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organisation, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA;
(i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26 May 1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively;
(j) has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities;
(k) has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
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) Details of the information required by the Contracting Authority will be provided with the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and related documents. See VI.3 for information on how to access and download these documents.
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) Details of the information required by the Contracting Authority will be provided with the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and related documents. See VI.3 for information on how to access and download these documents. See also III.1.4.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable)
III.2.4) Reserved Contracts (if applicable) No

III.3.1) Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession No
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 Yes


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 12
Or Envisaged minimum number
and, if appropriate, maximum number
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Details of the evaluation criteria will be provided with the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and related documents. See VI.3 for information on how to access and download these documents.
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 No
If yes, additional information about electronic auction (if appropriate)
IV.3.1 File reference number attributed by the contracting entity (if applicable) VFM_SP_2010
IV.3.2) Previous publication concerning the same contract No
If yes:
IV.3.2.1) Notice number in OJ:
IV.3.2.2) Other previous publications
Notice number in OJ:
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
Payable documents No
If yes, Price (give figures only):
Terms and method of payment
IV.3.4) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date 08/01/2010
Time 10:00
IV.3.5) Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates 08/02/2010
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
Place (if applicable)
IV.3.8.2) Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders (if applicable)
If yes, authorised persons


If yes, estimated timing for further notices to be published:
If yes, reference to project(s) and / or programme(s)
VI.3) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (if applicable) Service providers must read through this complete set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this Notice. PQQs must be completed and submitted electronically using the Vault portal through BiPs Delta-ets by the due date of 08.01.2010 at 1000 hours. The information and documents for this exercise will be accessible at the following website To be able to access these documents service providers will need to register their company details and enter the following Tender Access Code (TAC) 04T559683 at the bottom of the registration page. They will then be issued with a USERNAME and PASSWORD. Providers who have registered with Delta previously, should follow the link shown and click on the 'Delta-ets Home' tab instead. This will redirect them to the home page where they can log on using their existing username and password to collect the PQQ documents. Providers who have registered but have forgotten their Username and Password should click on the forgotten password link on the Delta-ets homepage. Providers should keep their USERNAME and PASSWORD secure, and not pass it to any third parties. Providers must log into Delta-ets and then click on the Vault tab. Adding the TAC code to the registration will allow providers to automatically view the tender title. Providers should click on this link to be taken into the tenderbox where the PQQ documents are stored. A provider who has previously accessed Delta should enter the TAC code in Vault in order to be able to access the documentation. Providers should check that they are able to access the online PQQ documents. Providers who experience problems should contact the Delta helpdesk via email: or call +44 8452707050 for further assistance. Providers should ensure that they allow plenty of time when submitting their PQQ prior to the closing date and time. Multiple documents must be uploaded one document at a time; providers who wish to upload more than one document should zip all the documents in an application such as WinZip or WinRar. GO reference: GO 09113013/01
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: : In accordance with regulation 47 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, the National Audit Office will incorporate a minimum 10-calendar day standstill period at the point which information on the award of the framework agreement is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the National Audit Office before the framework agreement is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be required from the Head of Commerce at the address given in Section I.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a framework agreement has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No.5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought within 3 months. Where a framework agreement has not been entered into the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If a contract has not been entered into, the court may only award damages. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow parties to apply to the court to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained


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