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Government Digital Service

WP1464: International reuse of Verify

3 Incomplete applications

2 SME, 1 large

0 Completed applications

Important dates

Thursday 14 September 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 21 September 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 28 September 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
To investigate international interoperability of GOV.UK Verify and the potential to enable UK citizens to use their Verify accounts internationally. The team will be made up of 4 Developers and 4 Web Ops Engineers.
Latest start date
Monday 13 November 2017
Expected contract length
12 months
Organisation the work is for
Government Digital Service
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
This work is to support building the capability of the UK's digital identity scheme on an international level. This work seeks to potentially enable international usage of GOV.UK Verify - for example a UK citizen using a Verify identity to access services abroad. This scheme of work is to scope the feasibility of potentially connecting Verify to the eIDAS framework and provide sizings and estimates for the next phase. This work needs to be completed by end of March 2018.
Problem to be solved
The ability for UK citizens to prove their identity using a UK digital identity, Verify, to access international services.
Who the users are and what they need to do
As a holder of a Verify account
I need to prove my digital identity
so that I can access an international service.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
A team in Verify is currently delivering the eIDAS core capability to enable people that hold a digital ID from other member states to prove their identify and use UK services that are on Verify.
Existing team
Technologists as well as cross-functional colleagues in GOV.UK Verify
Current phase
Not started

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Government Digital Service, The White Chapel Building, 10 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 8QS
Working arrangements
On site 5 days a week 9:00 - 5.30
Security clearance
SC Security Clearance is required to operate on this project. Must hold security clearance (SC) at start date of contract

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
All expenses must be pre-agreed with between the parties and must comply with the Cabinet Office (CO) Travel and Subsistence (T&S) Policy.

All vendors are obliged to provide sufficient guarantees to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures so that the processing meets the requirements of GDPR and ensures the protection of the rights of data subjects. For further information please see the Information Commissioner's Office website:

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Experience taking initiative to solve uncommon and difficult problems
  • Significant experience of developing modern web applications using Java
  • Experience with microservice architecture and 12-Factor applications
  • Experience of working with cloud environments, such as AWS, and infrastructure as code
  • Experience working with Public Key Infrastructure
  • Experience working in Agile environments and DevOps cultures
  • Ability to work independently and move in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in balancing the priorities of a delivery team against the needs of a wider programme and a product's stability
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience developing with SAML
  • Experience working in the public sector
  • Ruby experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Your approach to onboarding your team to the projects
  • Your management of proposed flexible team resources
  • Your approach to defining technical architecture and software architecture in a context of legacy systems and a drive towards efficiency
  • Your approach to data privacy and security
  • How you've identified risks and dependencies and offered approaches to manage them
  • Proposal price
Cultural fit criteria
  • Your approach to knowledge sharing with civil servants to support learning from this engagement.
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Transparent and collaborative when making decisions
Payment approach
Time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Why is there another WP1464?
Apologies, we have amended the contract term from 1 year to 6 months and so please only apply for: WP1464: International reuse of Verify v2 at: