The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has given a cool response to calls from EDS that the outsourcing giant should be allowed to run all of the government's IT infrastructure.
In an exclusive interview with vnunet.com earlier this month, EDS managing director Bill Thomas said that rolling out a common infrastructure across government is "entirely feasible", and that EDS could do it within a private finance initiative deal.
The offer was described as "political dynamite" by one analyst.
But the OGC, set up to make sure that the government gets value for money out of its procurement, poured cold water on the notion.
A spokesman told vnunet.com: "Every government department is responsible for putting in place its own IT supplier relationships.
"The OGC sees advantages in the involvement of companies of all sizes in the government marketplace in order to increase competition and innovation.
"This represents the best opportunity to realise value for money. That applies to IT as in any other sector."
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