The NYS IT Procurement Improvement committee was created in December 2001 to review suggested enhancements to the IT procurement process. Consisting of representation of OGS, DOB, OFT, OSC, the Forum's membership and the IT Corporate Roundtable, this work has resulted in specific recommendations to modify and streamline various aspects of IT procurement in New York State and coordinates its work closely with the New York State Procurement Council. In May 2002, the New York State Procurement Council designated this committee as a work group to assist the council in preparation of a strategic plan. The committee now continues its work as the Procurement Council's IT Work Group.
Work Group priorities
- Improving procurement education opportunities for both public sector and corporate representatives; and
- Review of the State's procurement law to ascertain the alignment of the current procedures with the stipulations in law
Overview of NYS IT Procurement
Planning, implementation and maintenance of efficient and secure information management systems by all New York state and local government agencies is fully reliant upon information technology and telecommunications services provided by the corporate sector. The vital juncture of interaction between the public and corporate sectors that defines the ultimate success or failure of our information management is manifested in the NYS IT procurement process. Given the vital nature of this process to New York's public sector IT environment, The Forum devotes a considerable amount of attention to educating, streamlining procedures and reviewing policies inherent to IT procurement. Below are some of those initiatives:
Information and Seminars
The Forum, in collaboration with the The Business Council of New York State, Inc. and the NYS Office of General Services, regularly offers seminars geared to help IT corporations better understand and navigate the IT procurement process in New York State.
If you have questions about a state IT contract that you hold or desire information concerning how to get on New York state contract, start by visiting the website at: http://www.ogs.state.ny.us/purchase/AboutPSG.asp
On June 16, 2003 Governor Pataki signed Executive Order 127 that includes requirements for increased disclosure regarding persons and organizations contacting state government related to procurement and real estate transactions. If you currently do business with the New York or intend to, you should be aware of the provisions of this Executive Order. Information is available at: http://www.ogs.state.ny.us/legal/ExeOrder127/overview.asp
Streamlining the Process
The Forum administers the NYS Procurement Council's IT Work Group. Information concerning that NYS Procurement Council and its responsibilities is available at: http://www.ogs.state.ny.us/procurecounc/aboutpc.asp
The IT Procurement Work Group has been working on behalf of the NYS Procurement Council to streamline IT procurement in New York State.
At the present time the priorities of the Work Group include (1) improving procurement education opportunities for both public sector and corporate representatives and (2) review of the State's procurement law to ascertain the alignment of the current procedures with the stipulations in law.
Productive Public-Corporate Collaboration
Given the full dependence that state and local governments place on corporate IT expertise, products and services, in late 2001 The Forum created the NYS IT Corporate Roundtable. Designed to provide a neutral context for information and best practice transfer and improved communications, you can learn more about the NYS IT Corporate Roundtable at: www.nysforum.org/committees/itcorporateroundtable/