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Fujitsu and Defence join forces again

Given that similar procurement decisions have taken some agencies two years or more, the Department of Defence (Defence) has moved swiftly through its evaluation process to award Fujitsu a managed services contract of more than $150 million (estimated $50m pa) for ‘Core IT Services’.  The announcement came within a week of the announcement that Lockheed Martin was the successful bidder for the$60m pa End User Technology and Support (EUTS) contract with the ATO.  Fujitsu...

NSW and Victoria get runs on the e-ticketing board

It’s been a big week for public transport e-ticketing systems with the long-awaited launch of the Myki smartcard system for Melbourne’s buses and trams on Sunday 26 July and the NSW Government awarding a $398 million contract to the Pearl Consortium (Cubic Transportation, Downer EDI and the Commonwealth bank) for a public transport electronic ticketing system for the Greater Sydney region.  Their solution is based on the successful Oyster ‘Smart’ Card in use in London and other major...

ICT Procurement goes on hold as Government enters caretaker period

The commencement of the caretaker period for government agencies will have a significant impact on procurements, tenders and contracts within the ICT market

Intermedium Director Judy Hurditch has emphasised this impact. “The ICT market will now enter a period of inactivity in relation to contracts, tenders and procurements that will last until at least the beginning of September if the Labor Government is returned, and potentially until the early New Year if a Liberal Government is...

Gillard Government pledges allegiance to open government, but timing will prevent immediate action

In a move that came just the day before the announcement of the Federal election, Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner released the long-awaited Declaration of Open Government, emphasising that the Government’s commitment to Government 2.0 measures remains strong after the leadership change. 

However, the announcement of the election on Saturday 17 July now means that nothing concrete can now occur...

Roxon locks in timeline for major e-health initiatives

Federal Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon has outlined the timeline and implementation guidelines for several key e-health initiatives integral to the Government’s health reform agenda.  But implementation activity will now cease as departments go into ‘caretaker mode' ahead of the Federal election.  In a statement issued on 7 July 2010, Ms Roxon noted the reform activities already underway, while also clarifying the delivery date for other initiatives. 

The...

Government ICT plunges into caretaker mode

Federal Government agencies have assumed a ‘caretaker role’ as of 5pm on 19 July, following the announcement (on Saturday 17 July) of a general election scheduled for Saturday 21 August.  The caretaker period will have a profound impact on the progress of ICT initiatives in coming weeks, by halting any key decision making until after the outcome of the election is known.

According to the ‘Guidance on...

Common Operating Environment coming to an agency near you!

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) within the Department of Finance and Deregulation has released a policy discussion paper on the creation of a common operating environment COE) to apply across the Federal Government.

Established as a result of Recommendation 2 of the Desktop Scoping Study, the COE is intended to drive savings and increase government flexibility and...

Annual Procurement Plans up from last year

Federal Government agencies have published their Annual Procurement Plans (APPs) in recent weeks, revealing an increase in both the number of agencies that have published an APP and the number of ICT procurements slated for the 2010-11 financial year.   

Intermedium has so far identified 453 ICT procurements in the APPs, which is a 3 per cent increase from the 440 procurements...

What are the implications of Rudd’s dismissal for the Moran Report's implementation?

It is not lost on anyone who has closely read the Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration or ‘Moran Report’ (after Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet head Terry Moran) that this was very much an initiative of Kevin Rudd’s.  

The membership of the Advisory Group has a very heavy representation of people with central...

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