Home Office Compliance with HMG Policy on Procurement Process for IT Projects over £1m

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From: Charles Taylor

19 July 2010

Dear Home Office,

Existing UK HMG policy states that Open Source software should be
considered along with proprietary software for IT procurement.

The policy was strengthen in 2009 to state that IT suppliers must
show they have considered open source, and where it is not
selected, to explain why.

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/31...

Given the current tightening of budgets it is imperative that all
Departments follow this policy.

Please can you state, for IT procurements currently in progress
today (19/07/2010) where the IT spend is likely to be over £1
million, where the above policy on Open Source has been applied,
and where it hasn't.

In your response, please list each of these £1m+ projects and their
purpose.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Taylor

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Doug Roberts left an annotation (27 July 2010)

Quote-marks I am certain you are already aware that corporate attempts to monetarily influence the government software purchasing decision process are a reality, as this article suggests:

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/oss-...

The open disclosure process which you have initiated with this Freedom of Information Act request is the best way to bring such corporate activity to light. Congratulations on having initiated the FOI request!

--Doug Roberts

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From: Charles Taylor

25 August 2010

Dear Home Office,

Please be reminded that the FOI request at
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ho...
has not yet had a response.

By law you should have responded by the 17th August.

I would be grateful if you could expedite a response.

Please also note that your response, as well as its timeliness,
will be advertised and discussed publicly.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Taylor

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From: FOI Responses
Home Office

27 August 2010


Attachment 15935 Taylor Acknowledgement letter.pdf
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Dear Mr Taylor

Please find attached an update relating to your request for information
case 15935

Many Thanks

Martin Riddle | Information Access Team
Information Management Service | Financial and Commercial Group
Ground Floor | Seacole Building | Home Office | 2 Marsham Street | London
SW1P 4DF
Switchboard Number: 0207 035 4848

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From: FOI Responses
Home Office

23 September 2010


Attachment 15935 Taylor Final response.pdf
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Dear Mr Taylor,

Please find attached the Home Office response to your recent request for
information case 15935

Many Thanks

Martin Riddle | Information Access Team
Information Management Service | Financial and Commercial Group
Ground Floor | Seacole Building | Home Office | 2 Marsham Street | London
SW1P 4DF
Switchboard Number: 0207 035 4848

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Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

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