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    2015 TSPS SO Median Rates Published

    July 13, 2015

    Following the renewal of the Task-Based Request for Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements, the Government of Canada has established the 2015 median rates for TSPS Standing Offers by Region and Metropolitan Area, Category of Personnel, and Level of Expertise. The rates can be viewed online, or downloaded in Microsoft Excel or PDF format from the TSPS SO Median Rates notice.

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    PWGSC Seeks Feedback on Temporary Help Services

    July 13, 2015

    Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is seeking feedback from federal government departments and suppliers on the way that the federal government buys temporary help services (THS). To this end, PWGSC has provided two online questionnaires, one for THS suppliers, and one for client departments. The deadline for responses is 2:00 p.m. EDT, August 31, 2015.

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    Government of Canada Procurement Change: Transitioning from GSIN Codes to United Nations Standard Products and Services codes (UNSPSC)

    May 26, 2015

    The Government of Canada currently uses Goods and Services Identification Number (GSIN) codes to identify products for all its procurement activities. Every federal government procurement is tied to a GSIN code. GSIN codes connect all of the procurement information on the Buyandsell.gc.ca website including Tenders, Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements, and Contract History.

    As part of Treasury Board’s Data Standard on Classification of Procurement Items, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is implementing a transition from GSIN codes to United Nations Standard Products and Services codes (UNSPSC). GSIN codes and UNSPSC codes will be used concurrently for a time period, until UNSPSC fully replaces the GSIN in the Government of Canada by April 1, 2017.

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    Primer: Government of Ontario Task-Based Information & Information Technology Services Vendor of Record

    May 25, 2015

    The Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) purchases IT Professional Services through a Vendor of Record (VOR) Arrangement. The VOR is similar to a Supply Arrangement and is used by all Government of Ontario ministries and other entities to procure a range of IT Professional Services.

    Ontario Task-Based Information & Information Technology (TB I&IT) Services Vendor of Record (VOR): Qualify for opportunities to provide IT Professional Services to Ontario ministries and entities, due June 11, 2015
    This VOR is mandatory for Ontario Government ministries and for Ontario Public Service (OPS) entities who wish to obtain professional services in the categories listed below. It is optional for Provincially Funded Organizations (PFOs), formerly referred to as the Broader Public Sector (BPS). PFOs include but are not limited to municipalities, hospitals, and school boards.

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    PWGSC to Offer Company Security Officer (CSO) Training Sessions in Calgary, Montreal, Richmond, Victoria, Halifax and Ottawa in Spring and Summer 2015

    April 24, 2015

    Are you a Company Security Officer for an organization holding a federal security clearance? If yes, and you are interested in developing a better understanding of the Industrial Security Program and your responsibilities in this program, you should attend a Company Security Officer (CSO) Training Session.

    PWGSC has provided the following description of the training session:

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    Primer: Ontario MGCS Management Consulting Services VOR

    March 25, 2015

    The Government of Ontario, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) purchases management consulting services through a Vendor of Record (VOR) Arrangement. The VOR is similar to a Supply Arrangement and is used by all Government of Ontario ministries and other entities to procure a range of management consulting services.

    Ontario Management Consulting Services (MCS) Vendor of Record (VOR): Qualify for opportunities to provide Management Consulting Services to the Ontario Public Service [currently closed – Refresh anticipated for February 2016]
    This VOR is mandatory for Ontario Government ministries and for Ontario Public Service (OPS) entities who wish to obtain professional services in the categories listed below. It is optional for Provincially Funded Organizations (which include but are not limited to municipalities, hospitals, and school boards).

    As defined in the RFP: Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: PWGSC ProServices Supply Arrangement

    February 9, 2015

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers (SO) and supply arrangements (SA). In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    For professional services contracts under $80,400, the ProServices SA is an essential contract vehicle and will be for years to come.

    ProServices: Professional Services Contracts under $80,400: Qualify for Contracts for IT and Non-IT Professional Services, Ongoing opportunity to qualify – next due date March 31, 2015
    The ProServices Supply Arrangement is a mandatory procurement tool for most purchases of professional services under the NAFTA threshold ($80,400 from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015). In 2014, ProServices replaced PS Online for contracts under the NAFTA threshold. Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: PWGSC TSPS Solutions-Based Supply Arrangement

    February 9, 2015

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers and supply arrangements. In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) Solutions-Based Supply Arrangement (SA): Qualify for Contracts for Non-IT Professional Services [currently closed – Refresh anticipated for late June 2015]
    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA is one of several procurement tools for the purchase of Non-IT professional services. While the better known TSPS Task-Based SA, TSPS Task-Based SO, and the ProServices SA focus on resource-based contracts (i.e., services provided by individuals), the TSPS Solutions-Based SA is used to procure a complete solution in response to a client business problem. Services are not related to one particular activity or initiative, and suppliers are expected to manage the overall project and accept responsibility for the outcome.

    The TSPS Solutions-Based SA is separated into two tiers: Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: PWGSC TSPS Task-Based Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement

    February 9, 2015

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers and supply arrangements. In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    Task and Solutions Professional Services (TSPS) Task-Based Standing Offer (SO) and Supply Arrangement (SA): Qualify for Contracts for Non-IT Professional Services [currently closed – SA refresh anticipated for late June 2015]
    The TSPS Task-Based SO and TSPS Task-Based SA are two of several mandatory contract vehicles related to the provision of non-IT professional Services. The other related contract vehicles are the TSPS Solutions-Based SA and the ProServices SA.

    Task-based services generally involve the assignment of a resource or group of resources to complete a well-defined set of deliverables/responsibilities on a per diem basis.

    TSPS is organized according to the following streams (each containing multiple categories of resources): Read the rest of this entry »


    Primer: PWGSC Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) SO/SA

    February 9, 2015

    The Government of Canada purchases professional services primarily through contract vehicles such as standing offers and supply arrangements. In some cases, the use of a standing offer or supply arrangement is mandatory.

    Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS) Standing Offer (SO) and Supply Arrangement (SA): Qualify for Contracts for IT Professional Services [currently closed – SA refresh anticipated for late June 2015]
    The TBIPS SO and TBIPS SA are two of several mandatory contract vehicles related to the provision of IT Professional services. Read the rest of this entry »