Managing and replacing the Aspire contract

Inquiry status: inquiry launched

HMRC’s Aspire contract with Capgemini delivers technology services and projects which are fundamental to HMRC’s business. The contract accounted for 84% of HMRC’s ICT spend and cost over £8 billion between 2004 and 2014, about twice the cost anticipated when HMRC procured the contract, which has been extended for a further three years. This makes it the government’s largest technology contract. The Aspire contract is a ‘prime supplier’ approach which is no longer Government policy for buying technology. It will be replaced in 2017 to reflect the new model involving many smaller contracts of shorter duration to increase competition and value for money. This inquiry will consider the value achieved through HMRC’s contract with CapGemini and the impact of moving to shorter duration and lower value ICT contracts which involves greater use of SME suppliers.

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