Universal Jobmatch procurement (first tender)

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In your response to Mr Frank Zola's Freedom of Information Act request http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mo..., you explained that there were two tender processes run, one on 1 March 2011 and a second on 19 July 2011. I assume that the scores and prices you provided to Mr Zola related to the second tender on 19 July 2011.

I would like more information about the first tender on 1 March 2011.

Please can you tell me the scores of the bidders from the first tender together with the values of the tenders submitted by the four bidders: Methods Consulting Limited, Steria Limited, Hewlett Packard Limited (UK) and Monster
Worldwide Limited.

As you have disclosed this information for the second tender process, there does not appear to be any reason for withholding this information in respect of the first tender process. There surely cannot be any justification for applying a section 43 exemption for commercial sensitivity in relation to an aborted procurement process. Indeed, I believe there is a strong public interest in knowing what changed between the first tender and the second tender.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Hyams

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CD Official Correspondence, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Mr Hyams,

 

Please see the attached letter.

  <<FOI 1309 - Acknowledgement Letter.pdf>>  

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CD Official Correspondence, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Hyams,

 

Please see the attached letter.

<<FOI 1309 - Letter 160413.pdf>>

 

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Dear CD Official Correspondence,

I would like to make the following representations to be considered when you form a view on where the balance of public interest lies in applying exemptions:

1. The Freedom of Information Act encourages transparency wherever possible, so you should always start from a position of wanting to release information rather than wanting to find a reason not to.

2. This is a large high-profile and costly programme, and there should be an expectation amongst all parties that the procurement process would be open to public scrutiny.

3. There have been significant concerns raised about the quality solution which DWP procured from Monster, and there is clearly a considerable public interest in knowing what happened to their bid in particular between the first and the second tender.

4. You have already released the prices tendered by the three bidders on the second tender exercise, so have set a precedent that bid pricing does not constitute commercially sensitive information. It is difficult to see how you could possibly justify details of the prices bid on the first tender as being commercially sensitive when those on the second were not.

5. If you are considering exemptions under section 43, you need to assess whether this really impacts the commercial interests of the department or the organisations concerned. Would releasing information about the prices tendered the first time round have any significant impact on whether organisations wanted to tender for work for DWP (especially in the light that the prices tendered the second time round have been released)? I doubt it.

I would appreciate it if you could confirm receipt of this and that these will be considered when you determine where the balance of public interest lies.

I look forward to hearing from you no later than 15 May 2013.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Hyams

CD Official Correspondence, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Mr Hyams,

 

Please see the attached letter.

  <<FOI 1309 - Response 150513 Final.pdf>>

 

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