The government has announced that it has cleared its approval backlog for G-Cloud suppliers to become accredited.
The G-Cloud hosts some 13,000 services from 1,200 different suppliers, 60 percent of these SMBs. In July 2013 a group of SMBs called 10% Group complained that accreditation had been an obstacle to them achieving sales on the G-Cloud.
Suppliers that want to be accredited must complete the G-Cloud security application for each of their services and complete the Data Protection Act checklist.
The Government Digital Service, which now manages the G-Cloud, said it had faced an accreditation backlog because of high demand from G-Cloud suppliers.
Tony Singleton, G-Cloud programme director, said: “The newly formed G-Cloud security and accreditation team has been working hard on this and I’m pleased to report that the backlog has been cleared."
Singleton said the GDS has also created more co-ordination between the government’s security group, the CESG, and government buyers and G-Cloud suppliers to improve the way accreditation is dealt with.
“As part of the changes, a tool was introduced to track: accreditation submissions, submission progress with the Pan Government Accreditation and re-accreditations. This will give us a snapshot at any point in time of the security status of all G-Cloud accredited services,” added Singleton.
Earlier in April G-Cloud sales reached £154m. The G-Cloud system is intended to allow the public sector to rent the use of services as needed and do away with lengthy contract, and forms a central part of the government's cloud-first policy, which is helping boost the use of G-Cloud.
The framework is refreshed frequently to bring on new suppliers and services, and the closing date for submissions to the latest G-Cloud 5 framework was on 10 April. Contracts set up through the programme run for a maximum of two years.
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