Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Housing are simultaneously in the market with large telecommunications contracts.
In IRD's case, a call for expressions of interest in providing telecomms services to the department will be followed by a formal tender in December.
A proposals request to be released in December will offer a three-year contract with a two-year renewable option, says IT national manager Tony Lester.
The department's telecommunications are currently provided by Telecom. The annual budget is approximately $12 million, Lester says.
The telecomms review is aligned with Inland Revenue's latest technology strategy, a plan that was embarked upon in December. Other aspects of the strategy include developing sub-systems to integrate with its core FIRST (Future Inland Revenue Systems Technology) processing system.
The housing ministry, meanwhile, is seeking tenders for a multi-service data network.
Requirements include the design, supply, installation and support of a voice network and call centre management system for the department's tenancy services division. Housing also needs the same services for a nationwide private office data network, and integration of the two infrastructures.
Tenders close on November 14.