The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has entered the procurement phase of the Federal Government’s Internet Gateway Reduction Program, releasing a tender calling for the provision of consolidated internet gateway services.
This makes it the second last of eight lead agencies to commence the establishment of secure gateway infrastructure under the Government’s Internet Gateway Reduction Program. The final agency to approach the market will be the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), which has indicated in procurement plans that it intends to approach the market sometime beyond 2011-12 for its gateway requirements.
Under an initial three year contract, with further options to extend allowing for a maximum nine year period, the latest tender will cover gateway services at the following agencies:
- Australian Crime Commission;
- Australian Federal Police (lead agency);
- Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre;
- CrimTrac; and
- Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
First announced in September 2010 by the Special Minister of State Gary Gray, the Internet Gateway Reduction Program aims to reduce the number of government secure internet gateways from 124 to eight by 2014, leading to enhanced cyber security, reduced operational costs and increased workplace efficiency.
With the exception of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which has been granted exemption from the scheme, all FMA agencies will be folded into the Program progressively over a four year period.
Eight lead agencies were selected by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) to act on behalf of the remaining client agencies. These lead agencies are:
- Department of Defence (Defence);
- Australian Taxation Office (ATO);
- Department of Human Services (DHS);
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR);
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF);
- Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C);
- Australian Customs and Border Protection Service; and
- Australian Federal Police
Defence was the first lead agency to commence procurement for the Internet Gateway Reduction Program, signing a $54.8 million contract with Verizon for Internet Gateway Managed Services on 27 June 2011. DAFF and PM&C have both also approached the market for gateway services, but Intermediumhas not yet identified any contracts that have been signed.
The ATO will continue to source from its current gateway supplier, Optus, until the expiration of its telecommunications managed services arrangement in 2013. Both DHS and DEEWR have stated that they will continue to manage their internet gateway services internally. This leaves the ACBPS as the only lead agency yet to approach the market for consolidated internet gateway services.
All tender applicants will need to make provisions to complement their gateway supply with data provision through the Internet Based Network Connection (IBNC) Panel, which is mandatory for all FMA agencies to use. IBNC services are not covered under the scope of the gateway services tender, and an IBNC panellist must be nominated as a subcontractor in all tender submissions.
Panellists will be required to respond to a Request for Quotation (RFQ), which was released by the Department of Finance and Deregulation in tandem with the consolidated internet gateways tender. Respondents who are also IBNC Panellists may also respond to the gateways tender in addition to the RFQ, as the AFP may select a single IBNC panellist to provide both IBNC and internet gateway services under two separate contracts.
A preferred tenderer will be selected by the AFP by August 2012. Both tender and RFQ applications are due by 19 June 2012.