Virginia's plan the nation's most ambitious
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Feb 23, 2000
Virginia's Department of Information Technology is taking on the nation's
most comprehensive outsourcing plan to date.
The agency is seeking proposals for a statewide seat management services
plan. If they go through with it, Virginia will be the first state to outsource
all of its information technology needs.
The recently released request for proposals asks vendors to fashion a plan
based on Virginia's stated minimum needs in order to allow as much flexibility
as possible for the commonwealth.
"We don't really see a risk involved in that," said Larry Schucht, director
of the acquisition services division at the DIT, at a Tuesday morning Federal
Sources Inc. executive forum. "This is really a true RFP, not like most
of them which are very strict and fixed. We have set the minimum standards
and are relying on the vendors' expertise to provide additional services."
The DIT is seeking seat management services, which means outsourcing its
basic IT maintenance and services needs for all state agencies, public educational
institutions (including students) and localities. The office will award
three indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts to meet those needs.
Schucht said the evaluation process may take longer with this RFP than with
the more fixed, traditional models, but "the commonwealth and our users
will only benefit from that."
Virginia's Secretary of Technology Don Upson, who oversees the Council on
Technology Services that developed the proposal, said COTS will host meetings
between the state agencies and institutions, and the vendors, during and
after the RFP process. "We want to market this initiative. It should be
a benchmark for other states and other markets," he said.
Copies of the solicitation are available online at asd.state.va.us.