New Government Outsourcing Playbook

Outsourcing has become an increasingly fraught activity, with a number of high-profile events such as the collapse of Carillion dominating the news cycle in recent months.  The launch of the Government Outsourcing Playbook is in part an acknowledgment of, and a response to, the heightened scrutiny that is being applied to outsourcing practices in general and public sector outsourcing in particular.  It also coincides with updates and releases of a number of other sourcing-related guidance notes and recent tweaks to the well-known Model Services Contract to address matters related to interpretation of EU law post-Brexit.  Continue reading

Public Sector IT Procurement Update: UK Government publishes updated Model Services Contract, guidance on GDPR re-papering and extends “G-Cloud 9” framework for cloud services procurement

Model Services Contract: On 1 January 2018, the Cabinet Office, Crown Commercial Service (“CCS“) and the Government Legal Service (“GLS“) published an updated version of the Model Services Contract (“MSC“). This version is stated to reflect developments in government policy, regulation and the market. Continue reading