The Department of Corrections, having fulfilled its major ICT requirements, is setting about filling in what it sees as “niche” services, by way of an independent request for proposal (RFP).
The list of these services is quite lengthy, including web consultancy and design, security assessment, information and records management and architectural review.
Each section has a number of more specialised subheadings. The aim of the exercise is to choose more than one “preferred provider” in each specialisation area, “thereby establishing a panel for that specialisation area”, says the RFP document.
“Corrections has up till now obtained most ‘niche’ services and expertise through small ad hoc assignments — sometimes through the department engaging independent contractors directly and sometimes through the larger contracted organisations engaging sub-contractors,” says Renee Huxford, assistant to CIO Jon Cumming.
“The arrangement we are seeking through this RFP will formalise and co-ordinate how niche services are engaged when we need them.”
Corrections is also in final negotiations for a professional services tender “which will provide professional services across a broad range of areas including information technology”, Huxford says.
Responses to the RFP will be accepted until November 15 with a decision expected in early December. Last year Corrections picked Gen-i for voice and data infrastructure.