Contract opportunities are posted on the Infoway website. Infoway maintains a database of interested suppliers, and contracts with pre-qualified vendors (PQV). Vendors are encouraged to register at http://www.infoway-inforoute.ca/en/WorkingWithInfoway/PBRRegistration.aspx and identify the categories of resources that the firm can supply. Registered firms are notified when the pre-qualified process is refreshed. Selected vendors will sign a Term Agreement with Infoway effective for 24 months. Vendors that are not selected are advised by letter. Questions on doing business with Infoway can be sent to email@example.com.
Vendors should be able to provide resources in one or all of the following categories:
- Project Management - Project managers provide oversight to sponsor lead projects, or lead internal projects.
- Enterprise/Solution Architecture - Enterprise/solution architects will support jurisdictional project teams and internal projects by providing architectural knowledge and guidance.
- Privacy and Security Architecture - Privacy and security architects will support jurisdictional project teams and internal projects by providing knowledge and guidance of privacy and security requirements and deliverables.
- Change Management - Change management specialists provide subject matter expertise to Infoway and jurisdictional project teams.
- Benefits Evaluation - Benefits evaluation specialists provide subject matter expertise to Infoway and jurisdictional project teams.
- Business Analysis - Business analysts document requirements, prepare project documentation and provide general analytical support to project teams.
- Healthcare Standards - Heathcare standards experts provide high level knowledge of the development, implementation and maintenance of pan-Canadian health care standards.
- Subject matter expertise in health care - Candidates will have clinical or technical subject matter expertise in one or more of the following program areas:
- Laboratory information systems
- Public health surveillance
Source: EHRnews, Volume 6, Winter 2008
Contract for new tactical lift aircraft
In mid January 2008, the federal government awarded Lockheed Martin Corporation a contract for the acquisition of the Canadian Forces new tactical lift aircraft the C-130J.
According to the news release, “tactical airlift is the lifeline of the Canadian Forces, providing reliable aircraft to quickly and safely carry passengers, heavy equipment and supplies over long distances in support of operations, or in response to crises, such as natural disasters.
The purchase contract for 17 C-130J Hercules aircraft is valued at approximately US$1.4 billion, with an additional amount to be added in 2009 for at least 20 years of in-service support.
Under the contract, Lockheed Martin Corp. is required to invest in the Canadian economy, dollar for dollar, what the Government of Canada spends in procuring and maintaining the aircraft over the life of the contract. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in winter 2010.”
For more information, see the tactical airlift backgrounder available at: www.forces.gc.ca.
Partners help students achieve success in technology careers
In mid summer 2007, the Alberta government through Alberta Education, announced it was working “with three major technology organizations Dell Canada, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Cisco Canada to offer the CompTIA A+ computer technology certification to students in all Alberta high schools and post-secondary institutions. This certification is an entry-level requirement in the information technology sector and will provide students with the basic qualifications required to work with computer hardware.
Students who enrol in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) high school courses in computer repair and support will be able to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam at a 54 percent fee discount. High school teachers and post-secondary students who are taking courses to complete their CompTIA A+ certification will also benefit from the reduced exam certification fee.”
Hants County, NS transit buys new buses
The Government of Canada’s Public Transit Fund provided $260,000 to help Hants County Kings Transit Authority purchase two new buses, delivered in early February 2008. According to the news release, “further $50,000 contribution from the Public Transit Fund means a new video surveillance system can be installed on all Kings Transit buses to ensure the safety and security of transit riders.
The buses are equipped with special features designed to better accommodate seniors and people with disabilities. An external bicycle rack is also available to carry two bicycles. These smaller, more fuel-efficient buses also take advantage of the latest diesel emission technology and operate on low sulphur fuel.
These new buses are the result of the cooperation of multiple partners, including the Town of Hantsport, the Town of Windsor, the Municipality of West Hants, and the County of Kings. They all worked together in recognition of the importance of transit for the sustainability and prosperity of local communities.
The $400 million Public Transit Fund is just one component of Building Canada. These funds are allocated to provinces and territories on a per capita basis and support projects with positive environmental effects, such as cleaner air and lowered green house gas emissions.”
Federal plan addresses public opinion research report
In mid December 2007, the federal government released its action plan (www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/apropos-about/li-fa/rpt-rpt-eng.html) in response to the report of the independent advisor on public opinion research (POR). According to the news release, “the government is acting in three key areas and will consult with industry where appropriate:
- Ensuring better value for taxpayers: Our government will ensure effective planning of POR and that reductions are achieved to avoid overspending. The officials in PWGSC will also discuss with industry the use of pricing incentives for conducting research in non-peak periods. And it will look at options for centralized control for public opinion research.
- Strengthening procurement: New contracting tools will provide greater rigour in supplier selection and contract management. Where appropriate, contracts will contain ceiling prices to ensure no costs over runs.
- Reinforcing political neutrality: The government will strengthen the application of the requirements related to political neutrality in the “Communications Policy of the government of Canada” to ensure clarity, and develop a contract clause requiring suppliers to certify political neutrality in research provided to the government.
This independent POR review is part of the ongoing implementation of the Federal Accountability Act and its accompanying action plan. The total cost of the review was approximately $610,000. This included $135,000 for the Independent Advisor’s honorariums and travel expenses and $475,000 for audit and administrative services, translation and production of the report.”
Canadian government shares procurement expertise
This is not an official version, just a brief summary.
Looking to increase efficiencies and have greater transparency in procurement, the Government of Nigeria requested assistance from Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Along with the Canada School of Public Service, CIDA asked Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to develop a procurement policy framework for the Government of Nigeria, and the necessary online tools to support it.
Three representatives from PWGSC’s Professional Development Division -- Rahul Badami, Kerry Sisk and Alexandre Tremblay went to Nigeria to develop the framework and provide training to various Nigerian government staff and officials.
Source: Service Canada, Doing Business with PWGSC, Summer/Fall 2007 (http://www.pwgsc.gc.ca/db/text/archives/2007/summer_fall2007/008-procure-e.html).
NBPower contracts for new wind farm
In late January 2008, NB Power selected Acciona Wind Energy to construct a 64.5-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Aulac, New Brunswick.
According to the news release, “a 25-year power purchase agreement is being finalized between NB Power and the company, which will construct, own, and operate the wind farm. This is the second development for Acciona in New Brunswick. On January 22, it was announced that it would construct a 49.5 MW wind farm in Lameque.”
DND to acquire militarized commercial off-the-shelf vehicles
In mid November 2007, PWGSC released a request for proposal (RFP) to acquire 800 militarized commercial off-the-shelf vehicles (MilCOTS) on behalf of the Department of National Defence.
According to the news release, “the Department of National Defence’s current fleet of over 2,700 medium-sized military trucks was purchased in the early 1980s. The age of the fleet has resulted in rising maintenance costs and the fleet is quickly reaching the end of its serviceable life.
The release of this RFP follows the release of a draft RFP wherein suppliers had the opportunity to review and comment upon the government’s requirements and the project’s mandatory criteria. The final RFP reflects this feedback from industry.
As part of the RFP, the successful supplier will be required to include contractual obligations for the provision of industrial and regional benefits, equal to 100 percent of the contract value.
The Government expects to award a contract for these trucks by fall 2008 and it will provide the option of purchasing an additional 500 vehicles. Delivery of the first trucks is scheduled for the summer of 2009.”