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In other government ICT news this week, 29 July 2013

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The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has engaged a consultant to review its 16 year $28 million ICT outsourcing arrangement with Unisys which is due to expire in June 2014. The current contract has extension options remaining.

ANAO CIO Gary Pettigrove advised Intermedium that “The ANAO has engaged Galent to conduct a “Value for Money” assessment of the current Unisys contract and delivery performance against the ICT Outsourcing market to assist the ANAO determine if it should offer Unisys an extension or return to the market”.

CrimTrac has commenced the first stage of its procurement of the Australian Ballistic Information Network (ABIN) by inviting Expressions of Interest in relation to the project. The agency received a $9.1 million allocation in the 2013-14 Budget to establish the ABIN by 1 July 2014.

CrimTrac requires equipment and networking capability in Australian police agencies to complement and build on the existing solutions already in use in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and by the Australian Federal Police. Responses to the REOI may be used to identify potential suppliers and solutions and to inform the development of any future approaches to market.  The EOI closes on 2 September 2013.

The Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance has issued a Request for Information seeking information from suppliers of COTS software packages on potential solutions and costs to support the implementation of a new Budget Information System (BIMS) to support the management of the Tasmanian State Budget. Treasury will use this information to inform its preferred approach for the implementation of the new BIMS. Submissions close on 27 August.

At Queensland Senate Estimates hearings last Tuesday Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Ian Walker, addressed a range of issues pertaining to ICT procurement and management in the State, including accountability and the governance structure for major ICT procurements; the progress of the introduction of contestability arrangements for Queensland Shared Services; and the potential impacts of the divestment of CITEC.

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has updated its 2013-14 Annual Procurement Plan flagging its intention to approach the market during the third quarter of the financial year for ICT Security assessment and penetration testing services and for Network IPS Device Supply and Management.

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has established an Enterprise Information and Communications Technology Panel with effect from 30 July 2013. To date the panel has 13 suppliers which are able to supply across one or more of the 19 categories of ICT goods and services available through the panel.



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