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WoG mobile tender furthers coordinated procurement initiatives

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The Australian Federal Government has continued its implementation of Gershon recommendations and issued a request for tender (RFT) for a Whole-of-Government panel for the provision of mobile telephony services.

Like other recently formed WoG coordinated procurement initiatives, this RFT (issued 25 March 2010) also seeks to develop a centralised panel of suppliers from which all agencies can procure.

The RFT covers:

  • Mobile Carriage;
  • Mobile Devices: including mobile handsets, smartphones and mobile broadband modems;
  • Mobile Accessories; and
  • Associated Services.

The term is 3 years plus 2 separate options to extend for 12 months on each occasion.

The RFT closes 22 April.  Successful tenderers will be notified in July 2010.

In the wake of the Gershon Report, the Federal Government has sought out measures which cut ICT expenditure but ensure maximum service delivery.   

Gershon recommended that coordinated procurement become an “opt-out” system, and this has become a feature of the recently announced Data Centre Strategy.  An ‘opt- out’ system requires an agency to argue its case as to why it should not have to abide by the policy or strategy requirements applying to all agencies.  Under the fully devolved procurement arrangements for FMA Act agencies,  “opt-in” was left largely to the discretion of agencies.    

Gershon recommended “optimising the number of ICT panel arrangements established by agencies across government, including “the introduction of whole-of-government panel arrangements for ICT commodity-based procurements where true economies of scale are achievable”.

There are now four mandatory ICT-related WoG panels established by the Federal Government:

  • Data centres;
  • Microsoft Volume Sourcing Arrangement;
  • Desktop hardware interim panel; and
  • Telecommunications.

On 9 February 2010, the medium reported

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