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There are 21 clarifications for this DPS

Is this applicable to QA & Testing service? Or this has been copied over from another supply chain questionnaire? There are also questions from 151 - 154 and 179-181 related to supply chain, will they be relevant to QA & testing service?
Please only provide responses to the SQ as per the instructions in the READ First DPS Needs document which forms part of the bid pack. However Q150 - 154 and Q179-185 are listed as 'Not Applicable questions' therefore you are not required to answer these questions.
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Dec-04-2019 16:54
What type of evidence will be required to this question?
Can you please confirm what question you are referencing?
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Dec-04-2019 16:54
Do we have to list details of all possible sub-contractors on DPS framework? for example - What if we use Independent contractor in the future? Do we need to supply their details at this stage?
Please refer to the READ First DPS Needs document for full instructions to support the submission process for this DPS.Within this document it details that 'we do not require all Subcontractors to be disclosed. You need only disclose those Subcontractors who directly contribute to your ability to meet your obligations under the DPS Appointment Form (including under any Contract Agreement following a Competition Procedure). There is no need to specify Subcontractors providing general services to the Supplier (such as window cleaners etc.) that indirectly enable the Supplier to perform the Services required for the DPS. Please read the definition of Subcontractor in the DPS Appointment Form.
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Dec-04-2019 16:54
Hi, Could you please proide the answers of the below question and this is about the selection questionnaires. 21Are you, or the group of economic operators (if applicable), proposing to use sub-contractors? - Do we have to list details of all possible sub-contractors on DPS framework? for example - What if we use Independent contractor in the future? Do we need to supply their details at this stage? 135 Are you able to provide details of your third example contract? - What evidence we are require to submit here for Management tracking system third party supplier will be using? 137 Are you able to provide details of your first example contract? - What type of evidence will be required to this question? 150 Can you supply a list of your relevant principal contracts for goods and/or services provided in the last three years? - Is this applicable to QA & Testing service? Or this has been copied over from another supply chain questionnaire? There are also questions from 151 - 154 and 179-181 related to supply chain, will they be relevant to QA & testing service? 86 Please select the level of security clearance, for which your organisation is able to provision. Tick all that apply. - Could you please clarify the tem 'able to provision' means? e.g. who will be processing the security the clearance process? KPMG team or Home Office? Does this mean KPMG have to provide pre-security cleared resources?
21 - Please refer to the READ First DPS Needs document for full instructions to support the submission process for this DPS. Within this document it details that 'we do not require all Subcontractors to be disclosed. You need only disclose those Subcontractors who directly contribute to your ability to meet your obligations under the DPS Appointment Form (including under any Contract Agreement following a Competition Procedure). There is no need to specify Subcontractors providing general services to the Supplier (such as window cleaners etc.) that indirectly enable the Supplier to perform the Services required for the DPS. Please read the definition of Subcontractor in the DPS Appointment Form. 135 - Please only provide responses to the SQ as per the instructions in the READ First DPS Needs document which forms part of the bid pack. However Q135 is listed under the 'Not Applicable questions' therefore you are not required to answer this question. 137- Please only provide responses to the SQ as per the instructions in the READ First DPS Needs document which forms part of the bid pack. However Q137 is listed under the 'Not Applicable questions' therefore you are not required to answer this question. 150 - Please only provide responses to the SQ as per the instructions in the READ First DPS Needs document which forms part of the bid pack. However Q150 - 154 and Q179-185 are listed as 'Not Applicable questions' therefore you are not required to answer these questions.
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Dec-04-2019 16:53
Testing 2: I have answered all of the questions in the SQ and provided the necessary evidence, having checked with DB, I can also confirm that we meet the minimum financial thresholds. Our application is now showing as "Completed". Please can you confirm that you have received (can see) our application and whether there is anything else that you require at this stage as I am keen that we are available to potential buyers from the 2nd December! Many thanks
I can confirm we can see you application and will currently be in the process of assessing any applications for this DPS.
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Dec-03-2019 11:36
I have completed the RM6148 (QAT2 ) SQ and my entry is showing as "Completed" please can you explain how I tag the DPS/ RM6148 to the SQ. There is a 5 digit invitation code that is referred to but I can't find it. Many thanks. What is the code please and can you see my application ?
We have asked the NQC support team to contact you as you appear to have completed a standalone Selection Questionnaire that is not connected to the RM6148 QAT2 DPS.
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Dec-03-2019 11:34
Are we expected to submit a rate card? If so could you advise on the mechanism to do so please.
There is not a requirement for suppliers to submit rates against a SFIA rate card, as there is no pricing associated with this DPS. Suppliers will submit prices for order contracts, against staff roles and grade structure set out in Annex 1 of DPS Schedule 1. The maximum price that can be tendered for any Supplier Staff member to fulfil a Role is £1000 per day (excluding VAT). DPS Pricing and order charges are explained in Schedule 3.
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Dec-03-2019 11:32
Please advise on the status of the document titled "DPS Appointment Form 1.0 (WATERMARKED)". Is this in final form or will this document be subject to further development before bidders are required to accept it and/or for it to become legally binding? We note that "Sample" is watermarked throughout the document and there are a number of yellow-highlighted placeholders which appear to require population.
As stated in the DPS needs document that forms part of the Bid Pack you are required to download a non watermarked version of the DPS Appointment Form, which will be presented to you electronically when you are at the 'DPS Appointment Form sign off stage', this is for you to retain for your own records. Prior to this you will be presented with a series of questions, which reflect the yellow highlighted sections within the DPS Appointment Form, your responses to these questions will be saved and form part of the final DPS Appointment Form.
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Dec-02-2019 13:05
Hello. We have progressed through the SQ and DPSQ questionnaires and have been awarded 'Submitting / Appointed' status respectively. We are currently answering the final questions on SQ (Q166 - Q185). We are now in possession of a non watermarked DPS Appointment Form - our question is at what point should we sign / send this document to you and how should we get it to you i.e. via e-mail or is there somewhere on the SQ / DPS mechanism to achieve this? Many thanks
CCS can confirm that your organisation is not required to sign and return your DPS Appointment Form, however please ensure you download and retain your Appointment Form. The legally binding commercial agreement between CCS and you is signed electronically, as detailed at points 36 to 39 (The DPS Appointment Form Sign off) of the READ First DPS Needs document which forms part of the bid pack.
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Dec-02-2019 10:38
With regards to providing the date of birth for our Persons of Significant Control, can we ask the purpose of this specific information as we note this is a use of personal data?
The purpose of providing this data is to ensure we create a legally binding contract with a known legal entity. A person of significant control has to be legally registered, under Company Law, on the Companies House register which is controlled by Companies House; an agency of BEIS. The exact same information is required for that registration, and it is used to determine who the Co shareholders are.
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Dec-02-2019 10:38
If you have answered No to Q.155 of the standard Selection Questionnaire (Does your organisation have Cyber Essentials Certification?), please confirm below if your response is correct: Regarding this question we cannot select Yes, as we do have Cyber essential certificate. We cannot select NA as we are not cyber essential Plus. Since we are cyber essential certified, would our answer be NO ? Please Advise
We can confirm that if your organisation does have a Cyber Essentials Certificate your answer to Q155 'Does your organisation have Cyber Essentials certification?' should be Yes. If you organisation does not have a Cyber Essentials Plus Certificate you can confirm this by answering No to Q156 'Does your organisation have Cyber Essentials Plus certification?'.
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Nov-28-2019 16:12
We are filling the Selection Questionnaire for RM6148 (QAT2 )and unable to figure out how to tag the DPS/ RM6148 to the SQ. There is a 5 digit invitation code asked however we are unable to find the invitation code. Please help.
We have asked the NQC support team to contact you as you appear to have completed a standalone Selection Questionnaire that is not connected to the RM6148 QAT2 DPS.
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Nov-27-2019 11:18
It has been couple of days for submitting our SQ but the status is still in Assessing status. Please suggest how to make into next stage as we are new to this framework.
We are unable to locate your application within our system. Please contact NQC on 0845 299 2991 as there may be an issue with your account.
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Nov-22-2019 17:10
1. We have just completed SQ for 'Quality Assurance and Testing for IT Systems 2' and our status shows 'Appointed'. We would like to know where we have to submit the 'Attachment 3 - Financial Assessment Template v1' that came as part of the Bid pack part 1? 2. Where do we enter the rates for the SFIA rate card?
1) As detailed in the READ First DPS Needs document this document is within the bid pack for reference only. This document would only need to be completed if your organisations D&B score falls below the set threshold for the DPS. 2)There is not a requirement for suppliers to submit rates against a SFIA rate card, as there is no pricing associated with this DPS. Suppliers will submit prices for order contracts, against staff roles and grade structure set out in Annex 1 of DPS Schedule 1. The maximum price that can be tendered for any Supplier Staff member to fulfil a Role is £1000 per day (excluding VAT). DPS Pricing and order charges are explained in Schedule 3.
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Nov-22-2019 17:10
For Questions Q158-161, there are not applicable to this exercise, but a Yes / No answer is mandatory - Can I please confirm that we should say 'No' even if the questions aren't relevant?
For Q158 - 161 if you are unable to skip these questions please respond 'No' as these questions will not be assessed for this DPS.
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Nov-22-2019 15:15
For Questions Q130-132 and Q139, there are not applicable for us but the only options are Yes / No - Can I please confirm that we should simply skip these questions?
Please only provide responses to the SQ as per the instructions in the READ First DPS Needs document which forms part of the bid pack. However Q130 - 132 and Q139 if they are not applicable to your organisation you are able to skip these questions.
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Nov-22-2019 15:15
For Question 1, should we leave the name of the Selection Questionnaire as the default (the 10 digit number)?
For Question 1 this is for your reference only. You can leave this as the 10 digit number already generated or you can provide your own reference for the questionnaire.
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Nov-22-2019 15:14
We have several clarifying questions: 1) What is the deadline for the tender offers? 2) How should we confirm the presence of QA specialists in our company? Do we need to send copies of their labor contracts? Thank you
1) There is no deadline for completing your DPS submission, as the DPS remains open for the lifetime of it's duration. However, CCS would recommend completing your DPS submission as soon as possible to enable you service offerings to be available for buyers with effect from 02/12 when buying organisations can access the DPS platform to utilise as part of their competition process. 2) Confirmation of the presence of QA specialists within your organisation is not required as part of the Selection Questionnaire (SQ). Please only provide responses to the SQ as per the instructions in the READ First DPS Needs document, Buyer Needs document and Terms and Conditions which forms part of the bid pack. If appointed to the DPS and subsequently invited to a buyer competition, buyers may request information relating to QA specialists as part of competition process. However, and as detailed, such information is not required as part of the DPS SQ process.
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Nov-21-2019 12:06
In addition to filling in the questionnaire are there any documents that need to be submitted in order to finish the registration and qualify before Dec 2.
Please refer to the READ First DPS Needs document for full instructions to support the submission process for this DPS. CCS can confirm that you are only required to complete the Selection Questionnaire in accordance with the DPS bid pack.
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Nov-21-2019 12:02
For the question, ''provide details on the Selection Questionnaire'', are you looking for us to quote details of the DPS or an overview of our services in relation to the DPS?
For this question within the Selection Questionnaire this is for your own reference. This would be a short description for you organisation to enter so that your application is identifiable to you.
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Nov-19-2019 10:48
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