The Cabinet Office has once again extended the deadline for small IT suppliers to register for its G-Cloud framework, claiming the three-week extension is the result of unprecedented interest.
The tender inviting businesses to register for the G-Cloud service has already attracted more than 530 expressions of interest.
Suppliers will now have until 19 December to register for the framework, which will provide a mechanism to award up to £60m in government IT contracts.
G-Cloud is a cornerstone of the government's efforts to reduce the amount it spends on IT services from large suppliers by removing some of the pre-qualifying paperwork.
“The easiest way to think of cloud is as the IT equivalent of a Boris bike – pay for what you need when you need it, and forget about the costly ongoing maintenance that you can live without,” said Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office in a statement.
Originally, the submission process for the G-Cloud service was due to end in 23 November. This was subsequently extended to 5 December.
The extension to the deadline comes amid turmoil in the Cabinet Office, following Andy Tait's departure in April and Bill McCluggage's recent announcement that he is to leave. Both are senior IT directors intimately involved in the G-Cloud project.