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    [ARCHIVED] Ontario MGS Task-Based Information & Information Technology Services VOR Renewal RFP expected to be posted in March 2014

    November 27, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    On November 19, 2013 the Ontario Ministry of Government Services held information sessions to inform vendors of the upcoming Vendor of Record (VOR) renewals.  We have already covered some of the highlights of the session  and MGS has published the presentation slides. In this post we look in more depth about what to expect with the Task-Based Information & Information Technology (I&IT) Services VOR Renewal.

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    [ARCHIVED] Ontario MGS Management Consulting Services VOR Renewal RFP to come Friday (likely)

    November 26, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    On November 19, 2013 the Ontario Ministry of Government Services held information sessions to inform vendors of the upcoming Vendor of Record (VOR) renewals.  We have already covered some of the highlights of the session and MGS has published the presentation slides. In this post we look in more depth about what to expect with the Management Consulting Services VOR Renewal.

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    [ARCHIVED] Updates to Buyandsell.gc.ca/Tenders – Improved search function and more

    November 25, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated.]

    Over the weekend several enhancements were implemented to http://buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders resulting in improved searching of tenders and award notices, improved information and sort capability in search results pages, and more responsive web (RSS) feeds.  For more information see:

    https://buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders-enhancements-improved-search-and-sort-capabilities-and-web-feeds


    [ARCHIVED] Presentation Slides from the Nov. 19, 2013 Ontario MGS Task-Based I&IT and Management Consulting Services VOR Information Sessions

    November 22, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    Earlier this week we provided  highlights from the November 19, 2013 information sessions hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Government Services which provided vendors with information about the upcoming renewals for the Task-Based Information & Information Technology (I&IT) VOR and the Management Consulting Services VOR.

    As a follow-up to our post , the slides from the presentation are now available at:

    http://www.doingbusiness.mgs.gov.on.ca/mbs/psb/psb.nsf/Attachments/VOR-InfoSessionPresentation-Nov13/$FILE/VOR-InfoSession-Nov13.pdf

     


    What is involved in a sound sole-source contract?

    November 22, 2013

    An Article published in the Canadian Government Executive magazine and written by Procurement Ombudsman Frank Brunetta provides some solid guidance on how government buyers can execute a sole-source contract while remaining onside with government regulations and practices.

    Vendors who are dealing with government employees anxious over using sole-sourcing, despite being a perfectly legitimate option, may want to share this article with them so they better understand the system.

    The article can be found at: Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] Updates on the Learning Services Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement

    November 22, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    The Learning Services Supply Arrangement has been in a perpetual refresh state since October 2012, meaning that suppliers have been able to submit a bid at any time during that period (evaluated quarterly) to become SA holders. The closing date for this refresh has been set as January 3, 2014 giving suppliers one more opportunity to become Supply Arrangement holders before the vehicle is renewed.

    No date has been set for the renewal solicitation; however, the term of existing supply arrangements (as well as any new supply arrangements awarded to bidders as part of the current solicitation)  have been extended to November 28, 2014, suggesting that the renewal process will completed late fall 2014. Read the rest of this entry »


    Did You Know? Organization Security Clearances Expire!

    November 21, 2013

    Does your company hold an organization security clearance (e.g. a DOS or FSC clearance) with the federal government? Have you kept your organization security clearance current? Unbeknownst to many firms, organization security clearances expire and the expiry timeframe is short.  For example, a Designated Organization Screening expires three years after it is granted. Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] Highlights from the Ontario MGS Vendor of Record Information Sessions – Nov 19, 2013

    November 20, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    The Ontario Ministry of Government Services hosted information sessions on November 19 to provide vendors with information about the upcoming renewals for the Task-Based Information & Information Technology (I&IT) VOR and the Management Consulting Services VOR. The RFP for the first VOR to be renewed, the Management Consulting Services VOR, is slated to be released before the end of November.

    The key highlights of the meeting include: Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] Update on the SBIPS Supply Arrangement

    November 14, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    The Solutions-Based Informatics Professional Services (SBIPS) Supply Arrangement (SA) has been in a perpetual refresh state since March 2012 meaning that suppliers have been able to submit a bid at any time (evaluated quarterly) to become SA holders. The closing date for this refresh has been set as November 29, 2013.  According to PWGSC the renewal SBIPS RFSA will be posted as soon as the refresh closes, i.e. “at the end of November 2013”. Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] Updates on ProServices, TBIPS, and TSPS Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements

    November 13, 2013

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    The year of renewals for the Government of Canada’s major professional services standing offers (SO) and supply arrangements (SA) continues on, with delays in the awarding of standing offers and supply arrangements in response to proposals submitted in the spring/early summer of 2013.

    While limited information has been available from PWGSC regarding the status of each solicitation, the following reflects The Proposal Centre’s current understanding for each: Read the rest of this entry »