• Highlights:TechLeader.TV on Procurement – Bid Sync going away; Final Calnet3 Categories RFP/IFB’s coming, may disappoint some; Vendor performance scorecard coming in 2015 & new incentive-based contracting under consideration; STAR makes FSR’s go away – in 2015?? Statewide Technology Procurement Division’s (STPD) big five procurements for 2015 & more…

    February 3rd, 2015 by admin Categories: Blogs Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

    Our TLTV show focusing on State of California procurement had many highlights:

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    • Regardless of FI$CAL Rollout problems, State Procurement still scheduled to switchover from Bid Sync on July 1, 2015. Will state be ready? Are vendors prepared?
    • CalNet3 remaining categories for wireless and satellite voice will this summer be entering Phase 2, the issuance of Solicitations (IFB’s/RFP’s) to the PMAC Contractors to provide their baseline pricing for Category 9 – Cellular Voice and Data; and Subcategory 10.1 – Satellite Voice services. Not sure about Subcategory 10.2 – Satellite Data, but the final Category 11 – Hosted Telecommunications Infrastructure appears to have not made the cut. Perhaps absorbed in other categories.
    • The long established and “universally loved” Feasibility Study Report (FSR), the state’s initial project approval process mechanism, is going away with the rollout of the new State Technology Approval Reform (STAR) Project this year. Will there be FSR’s in 2015? TBD…
    • In perhaps the biggest surprise of the show was Marnell Voss’ report that over the last nine months STPD has been meeting with departments, vendors and other IT procurement stakeholders to design an IT vendor performance matrix for state consideration when evaluating IT contractor proposals/awards. The performance matrix would ostensibly assess IT contractor performance on previous state work, and be taken into consideration before awarding new contracts. A process that has been discussed for over two decades may finally arrive in 2015. We’ll see. Developing…
    • Marnell identified several of the large, hundred million dollar-plus IT procurements her STPD is working on in 2015 including a new Child Welfare System; Electronic Benefits Trnansfer3; a new Women, Infants & Children system, plus Calnet3 and the new Mail system.
    • And finally, in reply to a question from the host regarding other procurement reforms under consideration, Jim Butler articulated another reform that has been discussed, an incentive based contract award, not unlike ones we have seen in the state highway construction arena where C.C Myers, a previous TLTV guest, has seen his eponymous firm awarded early completion bonuses. While currently no similar code section applies to IT like it does for Caltrans, a new system for IT could include a contractor’s graded performance, with final contract award based upon a range for that performance, e.g., standard performance would entitle the contractor to 100% of contract amount; 110% for exemplary performance; and 90% for below grade.

    Now who said IT Procurement was dull!!! For these and other topics go to this link and watch the show VOD…

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