PwC beats EDS to government contract

A DVLA spokesman said the PwC Consulting and Fujitsu Services deal offered ‘better overall value for money’ than the bid from EDS.

The DVLA said its current contract with EDS was an outsourcing deal ‘with the associated customer/supplier relationship, and said it wants to move to a ‘strategic business partnering deal’ instead, and expects the deal to be signed late this year.

The Partners Achieving Change Together contract will run for seven years. In a statement the DVLA said the new contract will implement the agency’s long-term strategy of delivering enhanced and expanded services. ‘This will be achieved through harnessing new technology and developing new ways of working,’ it said.

An EDS spokeswoman said ‘EDS is disappointed not to have been selected as preferred supplier for the Pact contract. EDS remains keen to help the UK government in modernising its services and will do whatever it can and is working in strategic partnerships with a number of UK government departments to achieve this.’

EDS has been the DVLA’s technology provider since 1993, but the contract expires in September this year. The DVLA said the company had successfully delivered a number of major projects. ‘EDS will continue to work closely with the agency to plan a smooth transfer of IT services to DVLA’s new Pact partner,” said the DVLA.’

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