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1. I am unclear on how customers engage us through this DPS. If we had a customer who wished to buy cyber security solutions through us and their procurement rules allowed them to, could they choose to award directly via this framework because we are pre-approved etc?
Buyers are unable to direct award, the DPS requires further competition. Further competition (bid) documents will not be sent through the DPS itself, this is essentially a filtering process for buyers to obtain a list of pre-qualified suppliers. Buyers will invite you to tender through their own eSourcing platform, CCS's eSourcing Suite or by email. It is vital therefore that you maintain your contact details up to date on the DPS as these will be the details that buyers use when inviting you to a further competition.
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21/09/2021 14:28
2. Hi, Please can you confirm if /where buyers can determine if a supplier is NCSC Assured or not? Regards
Buyers will undertake a filtering process on the DPS to determine certification. They will choose the route, NCSC Assured or Non-Assured, subject areas, standards and experience. The buyers will then create a list of pre-qualified suppliers to use for further competition.
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09/09/2021 14:02
3. We were appointed on the Cyber Security Services 3 DPS earlier this month. To date we have not seen any call off opportunities. We have also been appointed recently on the AI DPS (RM6200) and the Automation DPS (RM6173) and we have not seen any call off contracts for those either. Can you please clarify how call off opportunities will be sent to us (ie by email or do we have to search for them on the portal)? Can you also confirm that our status of "Appointed" means that we are now eligible to receive notifications of call off contracts on these DPS's or is there a back end process that must still be completed before we will be notified of opportunities under the DPS?
Further competition (bid) documents will not be sent through the DPS itself, this is essentially a filtering process for buyers to obtain a list of pre-qualified suppliers. Buyers will invite you to tender through their own eSourcing platform, CCS's eSourcing Suite or by email. It is vital therefore that you maintain your contact details up to date on the DPS as these will be the details that buyers use when inviting you to a further competition. It is also important to register with CCS's eSourcing Suite.
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01/04/2021 10:32
4. With regards to the documentary evidence required for the parent company guarantee in question 172 of the SQ Evidence Submission, would a letter from the parent company confirming the guarantee meet the requirement or is a specific document format required? We are also pursuing the AI DPS (RM6200) and the Automation DPS (RM6173) in due course and request clarity on whether this answer would apply to those DPS's evidence submissions as well?
Suppliers can provide the details of their parent company guarantee at this stage, if they wish, but are not obliged to do so. No evidence is required as part of the DPS submission. If a supplier is not successful with meeting the 51 D&B score, CCS may at a later stage request the parent company guarantee. Awarding buyers may also request evidence in accordance with their statement of requirements at award stage.
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19/02/2021 13:34
5. Dear CCS. I asked the following question a week ago : "Can I confirm if there is a "Data Protection Liability Cap" for the Cyber Security Services RFP and, if so, what is the cap?. Can you advise when we could expect a response?
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27/01/2021 12:16
6. Can I confirm if there is a "Data Protection Liability Cap" for the Cyber Security Services RFP and, if so, what is the cap?
Please refer to the Bid Pack where DPS Appointment Form version 2 containing Special Term 7 can be located, the liability on Suppliers for GDPR breach is capped at £10m.
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27/01/2021 12:15
7. Hi, In reference to the document "READ FIRST RM3764iii Cyber Services DPS Needs v1.PDF": - Paragraph 4.35 states various questions which are NOT required for submission. - For Paragraph 4.36, can you please clarify if the questions numbers listed (i.e. Q166 - Q172, Q174, Q176, Q179 - Q185) are Required or NOT-Required for submission? Many thanks
"These questions are not applicable and no evidence is required as part of your DPS submission. Awarding buyers only may request for evidence in accordance with their statement of requirements at award stage. Apologies, the 'Respond' option will only be visible to the User completing the 'Registered 1' submission. This link will be before the 'View' and 'Delete' options."
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10/11/2020 14:50
8. What are the legal structure options for a group of economic operators who do not wish to form a single legal entity? will a documented memorandum of understanding be sufficient?
One party should act as a prime contractor with the others acting as sub-contractors
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10/11/2020 14:43
9. Clause 4.1 - Would the Authority be willing to specify that insurance certificates will be an acceptable form of evidence that the Insurances are in force as per the requirements?
Insurance certificates are an acceptable form of evidence.
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16/10/2020 12:57
10. Clauses 7.1 - Please can the Authority consider that although the Supplier is able to provide reasonable co-operation to the Authority in the event that it receives a claim under pursuant to clause 7.1, the Supplier's contractual obligations should not extend to assisting the Authority in dealing with such claims as that may go beyond the intended scope of services. The Supplier would also not be permitted to disclose information about third parties.
Please can the supplier confirm which schedule they are referring to.
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16/10/2020 12:55
11. Good Afternoon, Sorry I am struggling to find the answer in the guidance. Can you confirm if in the DPS there is any Marking guidelines and Weightings for the questions that will be asked in the ITT? Or do we outline and set our own? Thank you
Buyer has been answered directly
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24/09/2020 16:01
12. We refer to DPS Schedule 7 cl. 2.2.1 which allows to reject the bid, but on the other hand as per DPS Schedule 4 cl.3.4 - repeated failure to bid may result in suspension from DPS. Can you please confirm if Supplier can reject the Order?
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24/09/2020 15:43
13. We refer to Joint Schedule 7 (Financial Difficulties) - Annex 2 together with "Credit Rating" definition and "Financial Distress Event" definition, bullet a). As per Annex we should use the "Failure Rating" - we have assumed that to be the failure score, which is a score out of 100 to measure how likely a business is to fail in the next 12 months and gives us the "risk indicator" part of our credit rating. Our current failure score is 97. A 10% fall would take us to 87 - which would still give us a risk indicator of 1 (failure score in the range of 86-100)- the best a company can have - it certainly wouldn't indicate any type of distress, but under current definition it would be. It means that we would need to go into conversation even being in the best score possible, which isn't really pragmatic. Therefore we suggest to use less sensitive measure, like a drop of two or more levels in our credit rating, which would be a more pragmatic approach. Could you consider amending Annex 2 and use "Credit Rating" instead of "Failure Rating" and the threshold being to fall by two levels?
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24/09/2020 15:42
14. We refer to Joint Schedule 7 (Financial Difficulties), part (f) of the Financial Distress definition. The clause refers to "financial indebtedness" but does not define it, nor does it indicate any level of materiality. Would it mean that even £200 would be a trigger? Is there expectation to start discussion with CCS on any such occasion? Could we have a more pragmatic approach and apply any definition of "financial indebtedness" and a level of materiality?
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24/09/2020 15:42
15. We refer to Joint Schedule 7 (Financial Difficulties), Part f of the Financial Distress definition bullet iv - cancellation or suspension of indebtedness - how do things like suspension of VAT payments under COVID19 fit into this - would that be a trigger?
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24/09/2020 15:42
16. We refer to Joint Schedule 7 (Financial Difficulties), all the notification requirements seems onerous and not always possible to comply, especially clause 4.3.1 requesting meeting within 3 Working Days. We would suggest notification requirements of 30 days.
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24/09/2020 15:42
17. We refer to Joint Schedule 7 (Financial Difficulties), clause 3.3 - We wouldn't be able to provide requested information externally based on unpublished results as we are part of a listed Group. We only can provide an audited and published data. Can you confirm that this would be acceptable?
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24/09/2020 15:42
18. Awaiting response to the question on Attachment 1 - Cyber Services 3 Filter Matrix v1 lists the CNI sectors. Row 11 contains "Civil Nuclear Communications". Is this a typographical error and should read "Civil Nuclear" and "Communications" as a separate entry?
CCS are currently amending the Civil Nuclear Communications sub filter, which will be changed to 2x filters (Communications and Civil Nuclear in the CNI category. CCS will issue a notification to all suppliers once the DPS and all corresponding bid pack documents have been amended.
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24/09/2020 15:41
19. For questions 'Supporting commitment to develop and invest in skills, development and apprenticeships' and 'A certificate for each principal contract for goods and/or services provided in the last three years', would you please let us know the applicability and expected response?
Please provide evidence of any evidence of investing in skills, development and apprenticeships if possible. Please provide a summary for each contract submitted.
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24/09/2020 11:56
20. Hi, We intend to use subcontractors to deliver some services/solutions. Is it permissible to include their certifications in Part 3 Question 162 of the Selection Questionnaire (Which of the following CESG cyber certifications does your organisation currently hold)? Thank you.
Please note that the answers to these questions relate to the organisation applying to be on the DPS and not any subcontractors. For reference, subcontractors are only allowed under the CHECK scheme, not under any other NCSC assured service categories. If you use a subcontractor for CHECK, they must also be CHECK assured.
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24/09/2020 10:46
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