The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has ramped up its use of its Gov 2.0 blog platform with the acting branch head responsible for the procurement of a range of whole of government IT services, Mundi Tomlinson, inviting public opinion on a draft request for tender (RFT) prior to its publish on AusTender.
The draft RFT, for a panel for the provision of “Telecommunications Operational Management Services” (TOMS), indicates a fundamental culture shift at the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance).
Tomlinson says that AGIMO will seek consultation on the management of telecommunications services for about two weeks before the final RFT is published on AusTender.
Interestingly, Tomlinson signs off with the obligatory bullet points that clear the Department of Finance and Deregulation from any sort of bonding agreement to adopt or listen to any comments made in consultation of the draft RFT.
AGIMO’s blog is the first of the new raft of initiatives Minister Tanner included in hisresponse accepting the recommendations of the Government 2.0 Taskforce’s Report,Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0.
Managed by AGIMO, the blog provides a forum on issues of ICT use in government. In launching the blog on 3 May, Ann Steward, the Australian Government’s Chief Information Officer and Deputy Secretary of the Australian Government Information Management Office said:
‘Our goal in setting up this blog is to enable consultation with community and stakeholders in the work that AGIMO is doing. I’m really interested in your views on how we can make this blog an effective mechanism for participation and consultation.’