The Office of Government Commerce has produced a new set of standardised terms intended to simplify the tendering process for government IT contracts. The new terms come in response to recent report from the Better Regulation Task Force and Small Business Council which highlighted a number of barriers faced by small and medium enterprises when bidding for government IT contracts.

OGC chief executive John Oughton said “These new contract terms will simplify the IT tendering process and deliver significant time and money savings for suppliers and public sector buyers. The publication of these new terms shows that the government continues to listen to the IT industry and is determined to simplify procedures and reduce duplication and bureaucracy in IT contracting.”

The new terms are designed to replace the complex and numerous existing public sector contract documentation with two simple, standardised contract forms, one for the supply of IT goods and the other for IT services. The standardised terms will allow suppliers to cut bidding costs since they will no longer need to take legal advice on different terms and conditions for every government contract they want to bid for. The OGC is planning to run seminars for the IT industry to help raise awareness and understanding of the new terms. The relevant documents can be downloaded, along with guidance notes, from the OGC site at: http://www.ogc.gov.uk/sdtkdev/new_content/decisionmap/tcintro.html

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