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GB-London: Accounting and auditing services.

Section I: Contracting Authority
Title: GB-London: Accounting and auditing services.
I.1)Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
National Audit Office
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SP, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2077987510, Fax. +44 2077985400, Email: z3-procurement@nao.gsi.gov.uk, URL: www.nao.org.uk, URL: www.nao.org.uk
Contact: Central Procurement Team, Attn: Howard Morris

Further information can be obtained at: As Above
Specifications and additional documents: As Above
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: As Above

I.2)Type of contracting authority and main activity or activities:
Body governed by public law
Other: Government Auditor

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: No

Section II: Object Of The Contract: SERVICES
II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: External Audit Services 2011
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance: SERVICES
Service Category: 9

Region Codes: UK - UNITED KINGDOM
II.1.3)This notice involves: A public contract

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase:
Accounting and auditing services. Statutory audit services. The NAO is headed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), and is one of the United Kingdom's main public sector audit bodies.
Independent of government, it has responsibility for: auditing the accounts of government departments and their related bodies, Non Departmental Public Bodies, executive agencies (but not local government) and certain government owned companies; examining the regularity of their expenditure; assessing risk to financial control and accountability; and reviewing the value for money of programmes, projects and activities.
The services to be provided include external financial audit services, IT audits, related consultancy, provision of staff support and advice and training. Previously the NAO brigaded its areas of work into eight major groups of clients. The contracts for five of these client groupings are due to expire and the NAO intends to replace the five groupings with two groupings and to let contracts to appoint a minimum of three firms to each of the two new groupings. The contract will commence with work to support the audits of the 2011-12 accounts and terminate with the 2013-14 accounts, however, the NAO has the option to extend each contract to allow for the audit of the 2014-15 accounts. This will include firms undertaking complete audits on the NAO's behalf, combined delivery teams and senior management led relationship arrangements.
All values shown below are approximate values for the total contract duration.
The evaluation process of Part D (Applicant's Technical/Professional Ability) will be conducted in 2 stages. Tenderers must pass all parts of Stage 1 to be able to proceed to Stage 2.
Stage 1 requires tenderers to meet the minimum score for the following criteria:
Registered auditor;
Data protection; and
Security / nationality.
The NAO will disqualify any tenderer who, post any required clarification, fails to meet the minimum score for any of the criteria listed at Stage 1 irrespective of their scores in other criteria.
Stage 2 will be weighted against a set of criteria detailed in the PQQ.
Applicants 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 portal through Delta-esourcing by the due date of 14th January 2011 at 14.00 hours.
The information and documents for this exercise will be accessible at the following website www.delta-esourcing.com . To be able to access these documents Applicants will need to register their company details and enter the following tender access code (TAC) AEK645GKJ8 at the bottom of the registration page. They will then be issued with a username and password.
Applicants who have registered with Delta previously, should follow the link shown and click on the 'Delta-esourcing 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.
Applicants who have registerd but have forgotten their username and password secure, and not pass them to any third parties.
Applicantsmust log into Delta-esourcing adding the TAC code to the registration will allow Applicants to automatically view the tender title. Applicants should click on this link to be taken into the tenderbox where the PQQ documents are stored.
An Applicant who has previously accessed Delta should enter the TAC code in order to be able to access the documentation. Applicants should check that they are able to access the online PQQ documents.
Applicants who experience problems should contact the Delta helpdesk via email: helpdesk@esourcing.com or call +44 8452707050 for further assistance.
Applicants should ensure that they allow plenty of time when submitting their PQQ prior to the closing date and time. Applicants who wish to upload more than one document should zip all the documents in an application such as WinZip or WinRar.

II.1.6)Common Procurement Vocabulary:
79210000 - Accounting and auditing services.

79212300 - Statutory audit services.


II.1.7)Contract Covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes
II.1.8)Division into lots: Yes
If yes, tenders should be submitted for: One or more lots

II.1.9)Variants will be accepted: No

II.2)Quantity Or Scope Of The Contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
The NAO intends to award a minimum of three contracts for each Client Group with a total value for both lots of contracts of between 10,500,000 GBP and 18,200,000 GBP for a maximum four year contract period.
The scope of work will be determined annually, with the NAO reserving the right to require additional services depending on performance. The duration of each contract will be an initial period of 3 years with the NAO reserving the option to extend for a further period / periods of up to one year.
The value of the contracts are a estimated total contract value for Lots 2 and 3.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range between: 10500000 and 18200000
Currency: GBP


II.2.2)Options: Yes
If yes, description of these options: The duration of each contract will be for a maximum of 4 years, comprising an initial three year period with the NAO having the option to extend for a further period / periods of up to one year.
II.3)Duration Of The Contract Or Time-Limit For Completion
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information About Lots

Lot No: 1
Title: External Audit Services - Lot No.2
1)Short Description:
The NAO is headed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), and is one of the United Kingdom's main public sector audit bodies. Independent or government, it has responsibility for: auditing the accounts of government departments and their related bodies, Non Departmental Public Bodies, executive agencies (but not local government) and certain government owned companies; examining the regularity of their expenditure; assessing risk to financial control and accountability; and reviewing the value for money of programmes, projects and activities.
The services to be provided include external financial audit services, IT audits, related consultancy, provision of staff support and advice and training.
The NAO intends to let contracts for two of of its five major client groupings and appoint a minimum of three firms to each grouping. The contract will commence with work to support the audits of the 2011-12 accounts and terminate with the 2013-14 accounts, however, the NAO has the option to extend each contract to allow for the audit of the 2014-15 accounts. This will include firms undertaking complete audits on the NAO's behalf, combined delivery teams and senior management led relationship arrangements.
All values shown below are approximate value for the total contract duration.

2)Common Procurement Vocabulary:
79210000 - Accounting and auditing services.

79212300 - Statutory audit services.


3)Quantity Or Scope:
Group 2
The clients in this Group are expected to be:
Department of Works and Pensions and related bodies;
the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills;
HM Treasury;
Department for Transport; and
the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Tenderers are required to demonstrate a range of capabilities, including:
- exceptionally high capability and experience in the delivery of complex IT audits including system, application and installation reviews;
- knowledge and expertise in testing of benefits systems (or equivalents such as insurance claim payments);
- experience and expertise in financial services, financial instruments and the audit of banking systems;
- ability to perform the Services throughout Great Britain.

Range between: 5500000 and 9200000
Currency: GBP

4)Indication About Different Date For Start Of Award Procedures And/Or Duration Of The Contract

Duration in months: 48

Lot No: 2
Title: External Audit Services - Lot 3
1)Short Description:
The NAO is headed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), and is one of the United Kingdom's main public sector audit bodies. Independent or government, it has responsibility for: auditing the accounts of government departments and their related bodies, Non Departmental Public Bodies, executive agencies (but not local government) and certain government owned companies; examining the regularity of their expenditure; assessing risk to financial control and accountability; and reviewing the value for money of programmes, projects and activities.
The services to be provided include external financial audit services, IT audits, related consultancy, provision of staff support and advice and training.
The NAO intends to let contracts for two of of its five major client groupings and appoint a minimum of three firms to each grouping. The contract will commence with work to support the audits of the 2011-12 accounts and terminate with the 2013-14 accounts, however, the NAO has the option to extend each contract to allow for the audit of the 2014-15 accounts. This will include firms undertaking complete audits on the NAO's behalf, combined delivery teams and senior management led relationship arrangements.
All values shown below are approximate value for the total contract duration.

2)Common Procurement Vocabulary:
79210000 - Accounting and auditing services.

79212300 - Statutory audit services.


3)Quantity Or Scope:
Group 3
The clients in this group are expected to be:
Home Office;
Cabinet Office;
Department for Communities and Local Government;
Ministry of Justice;
Houses of Parliament;
Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Olympics;
Lottery and Heritage; and
the Department for Education.
Tenderers are required to demonstrate a range of capabilites including:
- experience and expertise in: Charities; tax - particularly for charity trading subsidiaries - including VAT;
- experience and expertise in the audit of grant payments;
- knowledge and expertise in European Commission grant regimes;
- ability to perform the Services throughout Great Britain.

Range between: 5000000 and 9000000
Currency: GBP

4)Indication About Different Date For Start Of Award Procedures And/Or Duration Of The Contract

Duration in months: 48

Section III: Legal, Economic, Financial And Technical Information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
Not Provided

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions regulating them:
Not Provided

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the grouping of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Not Provided

III.1.4)Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject: No
III.2)Conditions For Participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers:
Not Provided
III.2.2)Economic and financial capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
Not Provided

III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
Not Provided
III.2.4)Reserved contracts: No

III.3)Conditions Specific To Service Contracts
III.3.1)Execution of service is reserved to particular profession: Yes
If yes, reference to relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:
Accountancy.
III.3.2)Legal person should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for execution of the service: Yes
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1)Type Of Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate:
Envisaged minimum number: 5!false) and maximum number: 12

Objective Criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The criteria as detailed within the PQQ.
IV.2)Award Criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria:
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of
The criteria 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

IV.3)Administrative Information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority: EAS_LOTS2-3_2010
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract: No

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document:


Payable documents: No

IV.3.4)Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 14/01/2011
Time: 14:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates: Not Provided
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up:
English



Section VI: Complementary Information

VI.1)This Is A Recurrent Procurement: No
VI.2)Contract related to a project and/or programme financed by Community Funds: No
VI.3)Additional Information: Applicants 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 portal through Delta-esourcing by the due date of 14th January 2011 at 14.00 hours.
The information and documents for this exercise will be accessible at the following website www.delta-esourcing.com .
To be able to access these documents Applicants will need to register their company details and enter the following tender access code (TAC) AEK645GKJ8 at the bottom of the registration page. They will then be issued with a username and password.
Applicants who have registered with Delta previously, should follow the link shown and click on the 'Delta-esourcing 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.
Applicants who have registered but have forgotten their username and password should click on the forgotten password link on the Delta-esourcing homepage.
Applicants should keep ther username and password secure, and not pass it to any third parties.
Applicants must log into Delta-esourcing and then by adding the TAC code to the registration will allow Applicants to automatically view the tender title. Applicants should click on this link to be taken into the tenderbox where the PQQ documents are stored.
An Applicant who has previously accessed Delta should enter the TAC code to be able to access the documentation.
Applicants should check that they are able to access the online PQQ documents.
Applicants who experience problems should contact the Delta helpdesk via email: helpdesk@delta-esourcing.com or call +44 8452707050 for further assistance.
Applicants should ensure that they allow plenty of time when submitting their PQQ prior to the closing date and time.
Applicants who wish to upload more than one document should zip all the documents in an application such as WinZip or WinRar.
Any ensuing contracts may also be made available for access by other UK public bodies. The contracting authority also reserves the right not to award a contract, or to award all or part of the contract / or contracts to a supplier / number of suppliers. GO-20101210-PRO-2065274 TKR-20101210-PRO-2065273

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures:
Not Provided

VI.4.2)Lodging of 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 contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the National Audit Office before the contract is entered into. Such additional information should be required from the Head of Central Procurement at the address give in I.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract 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 contract 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:
Not Provided

VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 10/12/2010

ANNEX A


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