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Provision of Pension services to GovCo employees.

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for Work and Pensions
Peel Park Control Centre, Brunel Way
For the attention of: Liz Johnstone
FY4 5ES Blackpool
United Kingdom

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Department for Work and Pensions
Peel Park Control Centre, Brunel Way
FY4 5ES Blackpool
United Kingdom

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Provision of Pension services to GovCo employees.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
DWP and supplier sites.
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Department for Work and Pensions has a requirement for a new defined contribution pension arrangement for staff who will be employed by GovCo, a limited company established by the DWP. The employees will not be civil servants. The arrangement will be between the pension provider and GovCo but the DWP will be engaging in the procurement process on GovCo's behalf.
The GovCo will be an enabler to DWP's Technology Vision for 2020, and provide ADMS services to the Department using specialist IT employees. The GovCo will be wholly owned, and fully funded, by the Department. It will be a non-departmental government body operating as a company limited by guarantee.
Pension provision is a supporting service that must be in place before the first wave of employees transfer to the GovCo during October 2016.
The successful supplier will be required to:
1. Provide, manage, and support a qualifying workplace defined contribution pension scheme for all eligible GovCo employees as the number of employees grows.
2. Provide implementation and launch support; for example managing bulk transfer of existing pension assets to the new GovCo scheme and setting up payroll integration if needed.
3. Provide support to members and the employer; e.g. providing an online member support service to access annual statements, fund performance and data, and investment selection.
This PIN contains details of the Department's prospective requirements, as far as they are known at this time. The final detail of any procurement will be confirmed within any future Contract Notice(s) and Tender documentation.
DWP reserves the right not to procure all or part of the services listed and to change the scope for the potential services.


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
DWP would like to ascertain market interest and obtain expressions of interest from suppliers who wish to participate in a future procurement.
The Department will hold a supplier briefing on Thursday 16th June where more strategic context will be shared with interested suppliers, and to better illustrate its requirements as part of market engagement.
The supplier briefing will provide an opportunity for DWP to better describe to you the scope of the services it intends to procure, as well as an overview of the procurement process.
Next Steps for Potential Providers:
1. Register your Interest.

You can register your interest in the opportunity by contacting and providing:

- your organisation's name,
- email address,
- main contact person, and
- telephone number.
- whether you are interested in attending the market briefing call.
2. Attend the market briefing call.
This event will take place at 10:30 on Thursday 16th June. Suppliers who registered interested in the briefing call will be sent dial in details.
3. Monitor the Supplement to the Official Journal for a Contract Notice.
The department plans to issue an official Contract Notice via the Official Journal for the European Union (OJEU) for the opportunity in June 2016.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: