G-Cloud iii tender deadline put back to end of February


Website maintenance prompts Cabinet Office to extend roll-out timetable

The Cabinet Office has updated the G-Cloud iii roll-out schedule extending the tender submission deadline by three days, which has extended subsequent deadlines by up to six days.

This is the second time the tender submission deadline has been extended. It was originally set as 3.00pm on 21 February, then on 17 January it was put back to 25 February, also at 3.00pm.

From today, the new deadline is 28 February.

In a blog post, G-cloud spokesperson Nicola Westmore said: “Due to planned maintenance the eSourcing portal was down last weekend (9 and 10 February).

“We are conscious of the impact that this may have on suppliers who wish to apply for G-Cloud iii procurement and have therefore agreed to extend the timings by three days.”

While the Cabinet Office says the adjustment to the timetable is not expected to impact the planned confirmation of awards, which is set for early April, this is in itself a delay from the very first schedule, which anticipated a commencement date of March 2013.

The amended schedule is as follows:

  • 28 February – Deadline for submission of Tenders to the Authority (“Tender Submission Deadline”)
  • 4 April – Intention to award notification issued to successful and unsuccessful Potential Providers
  • 5 April – Standstill period commences
  • 15 April (midnight) – Standstill period ends
  • Early April 2013 – Expected commencement date for framework agreements

G-cloud iii will be the third iteration of the government cloud procurement network since its launch in February 2012.