NSW’s public sector watchdog, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), will commence work on a new ICT upgrade project which will result in the redesign of all but a few minor elements of the agency’s information technology requirements.
“In the second half of 2010, ICAC engaged Unisys Australia to conduct a comprehensive review of its ICT infrastructure,” agency documents state.
“Based on this study a business case was prepared and submitted to the NSW Treasury for funding to build a modern and scalable ICT Infrastructure which will meet the Commission’s current and foreseeable needs.”
The first stage of the ICT Infrastructure Upgrade Project involves the development of a detailed architecture design.
ICAC released a Request for Quotation (RFQ) on 23 August 2011 for the design itself. Tender documents specify that approaches to the market for the procurement of equipment and/or services to implement the proposed architecture will follow.
ICAC has limited participation in the RFQ to selected vendors approved for supplying goods and services under the NSW Government Contract 2846: Storage, Server, Platforms and Virtualisation Technologies or Contract 2020: ICT Services Supplier Panel, and has asked that responding organisations highlight their experience in similar projects.
“The responding organisation will have the ability to bring together experienced resources [in the nominated categories]...to develop a comprehensive design architecture which will allow the Commission to build a modern ICT infrastructure utilising the latest technologies and solutions,” say the RFQ documents.
The sheer size of the 2020 ICT Services panel will provide ICAC with a choice of 310 approved suppliers, including many organisations accustomed to supplying government agencies at State and Federal level, such as Data #3, Dell Australia, Fujitsu and IBM.
Interested vendors will need to develop detailed architecture design for the entirety of ICAC’s ICT infrastructure, including:
- Data centre (server room, air-conditioning, UPS, fire suppression systems, under floor cabling, racks, patch panels);
- Network equipment (switches, routers, hubs);
- Security (firewalls, etc);
- Desktops/virtual desktops;
- Printers/scanners/copiers; and
- PABX and voice mail systems.
The design will not be required to cover applications such as Microsoft Office and Sun Finance already in use at ICAC.
The upcoming NSW Budget, due for release on 6 September 2011, may provide an indication of the value of the funding allocation being provided to ICAC.
According to Intermedium’s Budget IT tool, a similar agency in terms of purpose and size, the Police Integrity Commission, received $1.8 million in the 2010-11 Budget to ‘replace and upgrade information technology and other equipment’.
ICAC’s RFQ closes on 9 September 2011, with the Commission requiring the Architecture Design Project to be completed by 18 November 2011 or earlier.
ICAC was established in 1989 to monitor the integrity of NSW the public administration and currently employs over 110 individuals working in a range of highly specialised and corporate support roles.
While ICAC is independent in that it is not subject to the directions of politicians, bureaucrats, political parties or the government, the Commission is government funded and accountable to the NSW Treasury in relation to its funding and expenditure.