Tag Archives: PIP tender

Google Cache Strikes Again – Get Yer Atos Corporate Secrets

Once again the DWP are reduced to scurrying around trying to hide documents after their lack of competence at the internet has been revealed to the world.  And once again they’ve been caught out by the notorious google cache.  The tender documents for the Personal Independence Payment contracts on the parliament.uk website have now been changed to protected PDFs, meaning information can not be copied and pasted therefore the redacted material cannot be viewed.

Unfortunately for Atos and the DWP, the documents are still available by googling the original urls on which they were hosted and then clicking on Quick View.

So the Atos Tender for London and the South east, complete with bodged redactions, can be found by clicking: http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2012-1399/A-Atos_Doc4Part5_TenderForm_Lot3.pdf

To find out the names of sub-contractors visit: http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2012-1399/Atos_Doc4Part6Annex2_Lot3.pdf

To download as a PDF go to the File option on the top left of the screen and select Download Original.   UPDATE: This no longer works, instead go to the View button and select View HTML – the document can then be read without redaction to reveal secret Atos facts such as their claim that they have assets currently on the balance sheet worth a whopping £180billion (thanks to Malthus in the comments for the tip).

The tenders for Scotland and Northern England can be found at: http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2012-1399/Atos_ITT_Doc4Part5_TenderForm_Lot1.pdf


Yet Another Disappearing DWP Document, Now The PIP Tender Goes Missing

The poorly redacted tender documents for the Personal Independence Payment have now been ‘disappeared’.  The PDF documents, which when converted into text files revealed a host of confidential information about successful bidders Atos, are no longer accessible via the parliament.uk website.

Luckily hundreds of people have spent the afternoon downloading and distributing the documents – a process that has been going on discreetly for almost two weeks now.

The documents were contained in the Deposited Papers Library, which is used by Ministers to make written information available to Parliament.  Ministers are warned in the guidance to using the library (PDF):  “Deposited Papers are made available to the general public via the Parliament website as supplied by you. You must ensure that the security of the format used reflects the sensitivity of the information contained in the documents (e.g., that redactions cannot be reversed) “

Despite this guidance, simply copying and pasting the text from the tender document into notepad revealed the redacted information.

This is not the first time that DWP documents have been altered or disappeared to cover up for blundering department officials.  Earlier in the year the guidance for Work Programme contractors was abruptly changed to remove all reference to mandatory work aka workfare.  This came after Chris Grayling and Iain Duncan Smith had lied through their teeth after claiming no mandatory work existed on the Work Programme.

Not for the first time, the DWP’s shabby treatment of public and internal documents has been exposed due to their inability to understand the internet.  And once again they’ve done too little, too late, whilst Atos’ confidential corporate information is being distributed across the globe.

The question now is whether it was new ministers Mark Hoban or Esther McVeigh, or the inept Iain Duncan Smith himself who was to blame?

The documents can still be downloaded, now in a handy zip file: http://www.consent.me.uk/tweets/258952559316828163/

Bungling DWP Publish Atos Corporate Secrets on Government Website!

Bungling DWP officials have published the Atos tender document for the new Personal Independence Payment and given away reams of highly confidential commercial information in the process.

The documents contain pages of technical information about Atos’ internal systems, financial information and even the names of people who will be involved in managing the new PIP benefit assessments.  Other documents reveal how Capita will be involved in the assessments.

Atos, who notoriously carry out the Work Capability Assessment for those on out of work sickness and disability benefits, have been given the contract to manage the assessments for PIP.  These assessments will be based on the same crude computer based tests as the WCA and are to be used to re-assess disabled people currently claiming Disability Living Allowance.  The stated aim is to strip benefits from 20% of disabled people.

Astonishingly Atos claim in their tender that they have a “successful record of engagement with Claimant Representative Groups”, including direct action campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).  In truth DPAC have been behind many of the protests held outside Atos’ offices including the recent well attended protest at their London headquarters which was followed by an occupation of the DWP.

DPAC are seeking legal advice on challenging Atos’ lie in their tender for the lucrative PIP contract.

The documents can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/deposited-papers/?page=4#toggle-1399

Scroll down to DEP2012-1399  and then click all files.

UPDATE: Files can no longer be copied and pasted meaning redacted info is no longer visible.  Use google cache instead, to find out how visit: https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/google-cache-strikes-again-get-yer-atos-corporate-secrets/

Already the documents have been widely distributed to disability and welfare claimants and details from the tender are beginning to emerge – such as the fact Atos are planning PIP assessments on the cheap by only hiring 1 doctor for every 50 physiotherapists.

Many parts of the documents are redacted, meaning some information is blacked out.  Unfortunately the DWP – currently tasked with building the most complex IT system ever designed in the world to handle the change to the new Universal Credit benefits system – don’t appear to know much about computers.

To read the redacted text all that needs to be done is to simply convert the PDF files to a text file.  This can be bodged simply by opening the file as a PDF, then go to Edit – Select All – Copy and then pasting the text into notepad.  (Some of the tables in the documents have redacted information which cannot be viewed in this way.  It may be possible to extract this info by other means, I don’t know, any ideas please mention in the comments)

Whilst it is not uncommon for tender documents to be released, many details, such as personal names and specific technical or financial information, are redacted under Freedom of Information laws relating to privacy and commercial confidentiality.

Not so at the Department of Work and Pensions where this information has been left lying around on the internet for anyone to access.  DWP contractors should take note.  Whilst the inept clown Iain Duncan Smith is in charge, your dirty little secrets are not safe at the DWP.

It is possible these documents may disappear offline very soon or even be redacted properly.  Download them now whilst you still can.

The main tender documents are:

Atos Bid/Tender Documents For PIP Assessments London & South of England



Atos Tender/Bid Documents for PIP Assessments Scotland & North of England