In committee meetings before the House Government Transparency and Operations Committee, Representative Gary Elkins said he would be filing at least one bill including some of the recommendations from the SAO. Included in the legislation are:
- requirements for agencies to receive at least three competitive offers from vendors in programs for purchases over $25K,
- requirements for agencies to report to DIR purchases to vendor under contracts made through the programs,
- requirements for DIR to post on its website how much each agency has paid each vendor and the type of contract used, and
- requirements that CAT and QAT review and monitor DBITS contracts over $1 million or that have change orders in excess of certain amounts such as 25%.
This legislation is merely in the filing stages and does not yet address its applicability to institutions of higher education.
TAMU is forming the evaluation committee for evaluation of the Dollar Data Center RFP responses.
System-Wide Contracting News
ViewFinity is offering a System-wide agreement for 20,000 licenses. These licenses will cost $8.50 per license (on-premise or cloud-based). The on-going maintenance charge will differ depending upon whether one, two, or three years of maintenance is purchased. ViewFinity is willing to roll all existing licenses into a new three-year agreement. The System currently owns approximately 5,000 licenses. All interested Members should contact me directly. We need to determine if there is enough interest to acquire such a block of licenses.
Answers were provided to potential respondents related to the FOIA/Open Records RFP that was posted several weeks back. The RFP can be viewed at: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=115822
The System Office is working with Procurement to develop a statement of work related a System-wide contract for contract management services.
Texas A&M IT is beginning a search for a new enterprise project and portfolio management tool to implement within Texas A&M IT and offer as a shared service. If you are interested in participating in this process, please contact PMO@tamu.edu.
Siteimprove checks web pages, every five days, for spelling, grammar, broken links, and accessibility. The cost is 54 cents per web page per year. Any Members interested in adding this service need to contact me directly.
The System-wide agreement with Cisco WebEx allows Members to purchase licenses for their entire faculty/administrators at the low cost of $1.44/month/license.
Syncplicity licensing is available for all Members.
The HR/Payroll Software Selection Project Team completed all site visits and reference checks last week. The Project Team is in the process of collecting surveys from Team members coming out of the demonstrations.
Utilities & Energy Services is working with Agrilife to serve as the pilot of Cisco EnergyWise.
- No trips scheduled this week.