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In other government ICT news this week, 02 December 2013

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The Department of Finance has approached the market for its new whole-of-government Mobile Panel for the provision of mobile services including mobile carriage services, end-user devices and hardware services, and mobile related services covering enterprise mobility management and wireless access point solutions. The new arrangement will replace the Telecommunications Commodities, Carriage and Associated Services (TCCAS) panel with an expanded range of products and services. Existing TCCAS suppliers must reapply under the new arrangement. The Mobile Panel will have a three-year term with two 12-month extension options. Finance intends to periodically allow interested suppliers to apply for membership during the Panel’s term, according to tender documents.

The Federal Department of Health has provided an expected release date of 26 April 2013 for its long-awaited approach to market for a new managed services contract for ICT infrastructure and support services. The contract will replace its current 12-year, $342 million arrangement with IBM, which is due to expire on 30 June 2015. Earlier this year, a spokesperson from the Department told Intermedium that an approach to market would be released in December 2013, but the process has been set back by a review of the scope of required services following the Coalition’s Machinery of Government (MoG) changes, according to the Pre-Release Notice.

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Information Division is looking to consolidate its multiple legacy systems into one solution. The Department has issued an Invitation to Offer (ITO) for a solution and implementation partner to manage portfolio, program, project and contract management activities. Most of the Division’s current systems were designed in-house in the 1990s and are costly to maintain with limited data and process integration capability, according to tender documents. The Division aims to “source a Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution consisting of one or more integrated products”. The ITO precedes a Request for Proposal (RFP), which is due to be released on 10 December 2013. Submissions close on 4 February 2013.

Former CIO of the Queensland Department of Community Safety (DCS) Jenson Spencer has been appointed to lead the IT functions of the newly created Public Safety Business Agency(PSBA), reports IT News. The new agency was formed as part of the wide-reaching emergency services restructure that followed the August 2013 Keelty Review. PSBA will merge the financial, human resource, information management, procurement and legal services functions of the Queensland Police Service and the new Department of Fire and Emergency Services (which combined DCS, Emergency Management Queensland and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service).

The New Zealand Government has established a whole-of-government panel for Enterprise Content Management as a Service (ECMS) to allow agencies to “store, share, protect and manage their digital information” and “modernise their information management systems”, according to a media statement. Intergen, Team Informatics and Open Text have been selected as suppliers under the arrangement. The panel joins a “suite of cloud-based offerings intended to simplify ICT management in government agencies”, which includes the government-wide desktop-as-a-service contracts established in October 2013, and an arrangement for office productivity as-a-service that is “expected soon”.

A Victorian Auditor-General’s report on Public Hospitals has revealed that a number of hospitals have limited knowledge of the risk management strategies put in place for information systems by outsourced service providers. Out of 87 hospitals, 31 had not reviewed their security risk management framework in the past 12 months. The report notes, “When outsourcing key functions, hospital management does not forego its duty to ensure that controls are adequate, that outputs are accurate or that sensitive information is protected.” The Auditor-General recommended that hospitals annually review their own risk management framework as well as those of any outsourced service providers.

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