The state of New York is considering establishing an umbrella contract for state and local governments’ information technology procurement, a move that could streamline the state’s procurement process and consolidate contracting opportunities, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Deltek‘s Derek Johnson, a general government services analyst at the firm, reports that New York’s Office of General Services has issued a request for information on the potential of such a contract.
The umbrella contract would cover project-based IT consulting services; manufacturer-based communications and telecommunications equipment, cloud, on-premises software and connectivity services; and other hardware and software.
“While the establishment of an IT umbrella contract would not nullify or replace any existing state contracts (at least not right away), it could have a dramatic effect on the kind of agency procurements that make up a significant percentage of non-term contract spending,” writes Johnson.
He adds that it could also set a trend for the procurement processes of other states.
Draft requests for proposals have already been issued on July 10 for two of the three contracting opportunities under the umbrella contract.