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Federal Agency "Shopping Lists" Published

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115 Federal Government agencies have now published their procurement plans for the 2007-08 financial year. They provide an extensive “shopping list” of planned procurement intentions by these agencies during the next 12 months.

Intermedium has analysed the plans and identified 394 ICT-related items. The largest category for planned ICT procurements is IT Services, accounting for 35% of the ICT items listed. Hardware is next with 26% of planned ICT procurements.

41 agencies that published their 2007-08 procurement plans in AusTender, did not include any ICT.

There is a definite trend to list ICT procurement items for the First Quarter of the financial year. 48% of the ICT items were listed to go-to-market in the July-September 2007 period.

The agency that has listed the most ICT items was Department of Health and Ageing (DHA). In total, DHA listed 25 ICT procurement plan items, including Internet Gateway Services, New Printer Contract and Provision of Financial Reporting Tools.

The Department of Defence procurement plan lists 60 planned procurements for the 2007-08 financial year. Of these, only 12 can be identified as ICT. Planned Defence ICT procurements include IT Services - Standing Offer Panel for Contractors, Project Management & Support Services in NID, PABX and Unclassified and Restricted Videoconferencing Services.

Centrelink listed 13 ICT items in its 2007-08 procurement plan including SAN Cards and Unix Backup Software. Centrelink’s plan is an example of a user friendly procurement plan. Procurements are listed by sub-categories such as Property, Information and Technology Services and Human Resources.

DIAC listed only 3 ICT items in its 2007-08 procurement plan - Telecommunications Services, an Online Recruitment System and the Development of Training Materials for the System for People program. In 2005-06, DIAC’s total ICT contract value was over $213 million.

scout IT is Intermedium's consolidated guide to Federal Government procurement plans.

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