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Victoria Police outsourcing procurement nears one year mark

by Chris Huckstepp •
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Victoria Police’s $340 million outsourcing contract is due be announced shortly.

Victoria Police told Intermedium yesterday that "Victoria Police is progressing according to the agreed project timeline and the approved procurement strategy for the IT Services Contract. Probity and commercial confidence prohibits the release of specific details in relation to suppliers.”

Victoria Police issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) in July 2013 seeking “an IT Service Provider (s) of outsourced Information Technology (IT) services.” It is understood that Police expected the procurement process could take up to one year, which means an announcement is due early July 2014.

The EOI stated that “Victoria Police is looking to continue outsourcing its IT operations yet retain control of strategic direction and governance. The objective is to replace the existing IT services contacts with a new IT services contract providing end-to-end IT Services, with a clear single point of accountability.”

Intermedium has previously noted that within the scope of the new contract are two critical Police applications that featured in the Victorian Ombudsman’s scathing 2011 profile of failing ICT projects in the State, the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) and the HR Assist.

The replacement of the central LEAP database, which has been in operation since 1 March 1993, was suspended in June 2011 after the agency discovered that $187 million would be needed to complete it. It was originally budgeted at $59.5 million. Victoria Police did make it to the finish line for HR Assist, albeit at a cost more than double its original budget of $18.4 million.

The EOI revealed that Victoria Police plans to bundle its five existing ICT outsourcing contracts into a single end-to-end arrangement with a single supplier or at the very least a single accountable party heading a consortium.

More to come.  


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