SSC in secretive RFP

SSC seeks consultancy help with regard to the government's authentication scheme for electronic transactions

The State Services Commission is seeking consultancy help with regard to three “workstreams” involved in the government’s authentication scheme for electronic transactions.

However, the SSC provides no description of the three workstreams concerned in its request documents and confirms that bidders will not know, initially at least, what they will be advising and consulting on.

All the SSC will say about the workstreams is that they are “within the existing scope of the Authentication Programme and for the purpose of progressing it.”

Consultant selection will be made on the strength of qualifications, the SSC says. When a shortlist has been drawn up, the candidates will be invited for interview, but will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before interview, says SSC spokesman Jason Ryan.

The purpose of the RFP (Request for Proposal) is to allow prospective bidders to register their interest and to demonstrate their capability, says Ryan.

Reports on each of the workstreams, “including options and recommendations”, should be completed by the end of October.

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