GDS adds millions to One Login supplier deals

GDS says the investment comes at a critical time for the digital identity programme

Posted 14 November 2022 by Christine Horton

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has added millions of pounds in value to three contracts to provide technical and support to the One Login digital identity service.

Public Technology reports a cumulative £7.26 million has been added to the contracts, which are now worth a total of £23.1 million. This represents an overall rise of 46 percent on the original spending of £15.75 million.

“It is a critical time for the programme and the buyer requires the Supplier to continue providing teams for outcome-based pieces of work,” said GDS in an updated procurement notice. “The current contract value is nearly exhausted, and we therefore wish to uplift the value to continue delivery during this critical time.”

The largest of the contracts is for Deloitte to serve as the primary delivery partner of professional services for the One Login programme. With more than 16 months left to run on the two-year contract, GDS already increases its planned spending by more than a third of its original value, raising its original figure of £9 million to £12.3 million.

Another contract with Deloitte to create a mobile app through which the One Login system will digitally verify users’ identity has also seen an increase in its budget, reports the publication. The two-year deal was originally valued at £4.8 million. This has risen by 50 percent to £7.2 million.

The third contract which has received a seven-figure spending increase is an 18-month deal with tech consultancy Hippo Digital to help “develop and implement the architecture and technical elements of the service, and support service migration”.

An extra £1.56 million has been added to the deal’s value, taking its total worth to £3.51 million.

Liz Ridler, head of strategy, policy and engagement, digital identity at GDS, will join expert speakers from DCMS, the Post Office and the chair of the Open Identity Exchange on the Future of Identity panel at the hybrid Think Digital Identity for Government event on November 18.