'Significant milestone' for dashboards as PDP begins search for digital architecture supplier

The Pensions Dashboard Programme (PDP) has issued an invitation to tender for a supplier to provide the digital architecture that will allow people to view their pensions through their chosen dashboard, in what the group has highlighted as a “significant milestone”.

The chosen supplier will provide the major components of the digital architecture for pension dashboards, including the pension finder service, the consent and authorisation service, and the governance register.

PDP has previously undertaken two pre-tender market engagement exercises, with the findings from this suggesting that it would be best to source an end-to-end service solution, which will need to be procured via the Crown Commercial Service Technology Services 2 framework.

As such, any supplier who has been awarded on to Lot 4a of the TS2 framework will have the opportunity to bid for the contract, ahead of the deadline of 28 May 2021, with the contract and implementation period expected to commence on 6 September.

A pre-tender engagement exercise was also undertaken around the identity verification service aspect of the dashboards ecosystem, which will also inform a separate competitive procurement process for this area.

Commenting on the announcement, PDP principal, Chris Curry, said: “We recognise that pension providers, schemes, administrators, trustees and ISPs want certainty and detail around timings and requirements for the delivery of pensions dashboards. 

“With the support and cooperation of interested suppliers, we’ve been able to outline clear requirements for the dashboards’ digital architecture.

“The procurement and onboarding of this technical delivery partner is a key moment in our journey. It will enable us to provide our industry partners with more detailed information as we work towards the delivery of pensions dashboards over the coming months.”

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