on 18 May 2017
The Defence Support Service Panel, or DSS Panel, is the latest iteration of the panel that the Capability, Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) use to acquire professional services from industry.
About 1,000 to 2,000 people are employed by Professional Service Provider (PSP) companies in Defence Sector, so this will effect a fair proportion of the white collar workforce.
The grandfather of DSS was called the Defence Material Organisation Support Services (DMOSS) Panel, which came into being in 2005.
The Request For Tender (RFT) for the DSS panel was released in April this year, and it contains a significant change to the old way of doing business. CASG has indicated that between four and six companies will be chosen as Major Service Providers (MSP). These MSP will be able to bid for large scale work, like the current Integrated Support Contracts (ISC), where a single company will be charged with running the above the line engineering, logistics and project support services for a whole program or Systems Program Office (SPO).