Government of Canada Seeks Bids in Support of Beyond the Border Action Plan

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GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan 21, 2013) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada is seeking bids for informatics professional services in order to advance economic prosperity and enhance security between Canada and the United States of America under the Beyond the Border Action Plan.

"The Government of Canada is committed to speeding up legitimate Canadian-American trade and travel, making our shared border more efficient," said Minister Ambrose. "We are inviting information technology suppliers to submit proposals to support the implementation of critical components of the Beyond the Border Action Plan."

"The Canada Border Services Agency has a lead role in implementing initiatives under the Action Plan to keep the border open to legitimate trade and travel," said Minister Toews. "Through this procurement process, our Government is demonstrating a border management approach that reflects our mutual efforts to facilitate the flow of low-risk people and goods across our shared border. This process will also ensure that our procurement activities are done in a fair and focused manner that respects taxpayers'' dollars."

Public Works and Government Services Canada, on behalf of the Canada Border Services Agency, today issued a Request for Proposals for the informatics professional services required to support a wide range of initiatives identified in the Action Plan. These services, covering seven different streams, include business process re-engineering, application development and project management services.

The technical services provided by the successful contractors will be essential to delivering functionalities that will improve commercial and traveller crossings, including efforts to align internal financial systems, enabling the capacity to accept payments and to more quickly facilitate border crossing and trade.

The Beyond the Border Action Plan, announced by the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States in 2011, is designed to increase North American security and, at the same time, revitalize cooperation, trade, and North American competitiveness.

Public Works and Government Services Canada is committed to a fair, open and transparent tendering process and has issued a Request for Proposals on the Government Electronic Tendering System at www.merx.com.

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Contact:
Amber Irwin
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
819-997-5421
Media Relations
Public Works and Government Services Canada
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