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  • jan31 jan31 Jan 4, 2013 9:51 AM Flag

    Washington State?

    Quoting from Seattle Times article from 11/24/2012:
    ...Gregoire's budget office chose to also look at two other services. One is the delivery of state mail outside Thurston County, now done by the Consolidated Mail Services program in DES. The other involves website and "e-government" services. Those include design and maintenance of agencies' websites, plus online transactions and management of the state's Access Washington Web portal that links to other sites.

    Decisions in all three areas originally were slated to be made between July and October. But the bidding process proved more difficult than expected, said Roselyn Marcus, assistant director for contracts at Enterprise Services.

    Typically, the state would have a project in mind and ask businesses how much it would cost to carry it out. In this case, companies are pitching the projects.

    "We're going out for something that would cover any project that would possibly come in," Marcus said. "... That's taken a lot longer, and taken a lot more input from a lot more stakeholders."

    All that is happening in a new department that contains former parts of five other agencies. Marcus said future bidding processes will be easier.

    She said she was surprised that just five potential contractors bid on Web services and just two on mail. The department declined to identify the bidders, saying that information falls under an exemption to public-records law involving preliminary drafts and recommendations.
    Seems likely that NIC would be one of the five bidders. I wonder when this decision will happen. If you search 'washington "e-government services" rfp' you can see the RFP document at washington state's website. (I'd link, but Yahoo keeps killing it). Looks like it could be a pretty big contract, depending on how much the bidders chose to bite off.

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    • Got it. From the Olympian in WA:

      State government plans to outsource the operation of its main face on the Internet to a private company that it says can run the Access Washington website at no cost to state taxpayers.

      Kansas-based NIC Inc. will, of course, recoup its expenses – along with a profit – for running the Web portal and other “e-government” services for the state. But the money will come from transaction fees on businesses that, for example, want information about vehicle licenses.

      “Under this model, there is essentially no cost to the state,” Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget director, David Schumacher, wrote in a March 5 letter giving the Department of Enterprise Services the go-ahead to award a contract to NIC.

    • Looks like the fiscal year ends June 30 (the date stated in the article), so the decision should come well before that to get the contract sorted out.

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