Feds backtracking on bundling IT services contracts: CATA
By Peter Kovessy, Ottawa Business Journal Staff
April 30, 2009

In an apparent about-face, Public Works is now telling the IT industry it does not intend to bundle IT professional service contracts, according to high-tech industry officials.

Charles Duffett, a senior vice-president and chief information officer with the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, told a parliamentary committee studying government procurement Tuesday that Public Works was trying to clear up an earlier miscommunication that had many small and medium-sized businesses, or SMEs, fearing they would be shut out of government contracts.

"There is new IT management with (Public Works) and they have indicated that they do not intend to bundle professional services and ... they very much understand the value of SMEs," said Mr. Duffett, recounting a meeting within the past month with government officials.

However, Mr. Duffett – who has previously held senior IT and R&D positions with Abbott Point of Care, Alcatel and Newbridge Networks – said CATA members still want Public Works to put its clarified position in writing.

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