With more than 70 statewide term contracts from Mississippi’s IT Hardware Express Products List (EPL), it’s evident that the IT hardware category is a hot one in today’s market. The state took one solicitation and created 70-plus contracts offering a wide range of products including desktop/mobile-based computers, GIS-level workstations, monitors, printers/scanners, servers, storage, and video-conferencing equipment.
Mississippi has 77 approved manufacturers and 99 resellers on the IT Hardware EPL. While there is no confirmed spend value for statewide term contracts since they are based on purchases over the course of a contract, vendors may see large returns; statewide term contracts offer a large range of products and are available for use by all Mississippi agencies, universities, colleges and governing authorities.
The state has a purchase limit for users of $200,000 per project, per fiscal year for the IT Hardware EPL, which notes the anticipated high value. Mississippi also requires customers to obtain quotes from at least two EPL sellers if their purchase will be more than $50,000, which increases vendor competition. Another benefit to the EPL is that new sellers can submit proposals to get in on the action every six months.
Mississippi’s EPL Interactive website provides in-depth contract, vendor and pricing information, specifically for the IT Hardware EPL contract, but is not as robust with spending information. The site allows users to search by category, manufacturer, and seller name. You can also search by manufacturer reseller group, where a manufacturer sets a not-to-exceed price that resellers must obey; from there, some resellers will offer discounts on that manufacturer’s price. They keep this updated as the manufacturer changes any products on their website to make sure it meets state requirements.
Displayed in Table 1 are the different IT hardware categories offered under the EPL. The audio-visual components class is offered by 20 manufacturers and 66 resellers, the most of all categories. Interactive devices, which include whiteboards, voting devices and displays, is a close second with 18 manufacturers and 64 resellers. Some vendors offer both of those top contracts, like the Visix Term Contract. Deltek’s State & Local Term Contract resource has a searchable, saveable, living record for each of the more than 70 Mississippi IT hardware contracts, and 1,200 IT hardware term contracts throughout the United States.
The IT Hardware EPL contract is set to expire in June 2014, and the state has indicated a replacement RFP will be released in April 2014. If IT hardware vendors don’t want to wait for the new solicitation, they can get on this contract in the next update cycle – the due date for proposals is June 4, 2013.
Forty-six states are using term contracts as an approach to purchase IT hardware. To explore more term contracts and gain insight into competitor contracts and pricing, check out Deltek’s State and Local Term Contracts resource. Not a Deltek subscriber? Click here to learn more about Deltek’s GovWin IQ database and take advantage of a free trial.
- Software/Applications – 258 solicitations
- IT Hardware/Computers/Peripherals – 227 solicitations
- Maintenance & Support Services – 152 solicitations
- Implementation/Integration Services – 125 solicitations
- Cloud/Data Center/Big Data Solution/Services – 99 solicitations
- Wireless & Telecom Equipment/Solution/Services – 63 solicitations
- IT Professional /Staffing/Consulting/Project Management Services – 44 solicitations
- Content/Document/Records Management Systems – 35 solicitations
- Education Data/Learning Management/Student Info Systems – 24 solicitations
- ERP/Human Resources/Financial Systems – 18 solicitations
- Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/Analytics – 17 solicitations
Last April, Deltek utilized the Federal Communications Commission’s PSAP Registry to give vendors an overview of public safety answering points (PSAPs) in counties nationwide. Now, we’re using the current registry to detail information on consolidation efforts and other changes that have taken place across the country in the last year.
Consolidation projects have been taking place for the last few years as cities and counties work to become more efficient and, ultimately, save more money; however, the total number of PSAPs actually increased by 64 from 2012 to 2013. Still, of the 8,393 PSAPs, only 7,485 act as the primary call-taking location – 908 are considered “orphaned” and are no longer utilized. These orphaned PSAPs will not be included in future filings with the FCC.
PSAP Quick Facts 2013
U.S. Population (July 2012 estimate)
Total number of PSAPs
Average number of individuals served by each PSAP
State with the most PSAPs
State with the fewest PSAPs
Average number of calls to 911/ year (NENA)
Average number of calls to 911/day
Just as in 2012, Texas has the most PSAPs (667), followed by California (587) and Illinois (422) – all three states also saw slight increases in their total number of PSAPs year to year.
New Hampshire still has the fewest PSAPs (5), and Delaware’s nine puts it second from the bottom. Washington, D.C. held that spot in 2012, but an increase from seven to 11 PSAPs now ties the district with Vermont and Hawaii for having the third lowest number.
As of April 2013, a total of 719 PSAPs have changed name, state, county or city compared to only 679 that had as of April 2012. The majority of these took place in California, followed distantly by Nebraska – providing further evidence that dispatch centers in many locations are consolidating efforts and working to cover a wider geographical span.
The below chart provides a visual representation of PSAP locations by city and county in 2012 and 2013, as well as information on where vendors can find the most opportunities.
The number of dispatch opportunities in each of the regional areas has remained steady since 2012, with nine solicitations in the works in Los Angeles and Boston, and 12 within 100 miles of Chicago and 21 within 100 miles of New York City. This should provide some hope for vendors that cities and counties are still interested in purchasing dispatching technologies despite the tough economic climate.
Dispatch technologies are among the most vital tools that police use, and localities have little choice than to purchase new ones once they reach the end of their life cycles. This trend, along with increasing number of PSAPs, is likely to continue as individuals’ ability to report where and when crimes take place becomes easier.
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- Governors’ renewed interest in performance-based management, particularly in education
- More effort to cut corrections and incarceration costs by investing in probation, parole and electronic monitoring programs
- Heavy focus on Medicaid expansion (both for and against), and how to reduce its costs
- Increased dedication to developing a strong future workforce by establishing a wealth of present educational opportunities, led by digital learning platforms
- Amplified justice and public safety initiatives due to natural disasters (Hurricane Sandy) and national tragedies (the Newtown shootings)
- Continued plans to streamline and consolidate government operations through technology
- 2013 by vertical
- 2011-2013 comparison by vertical
- 2008-2013 average by vertical
- 2013 Agenda Item Popularity vs. 2011-2013 average by vertical
- Top 25 cross-over agenda items
- Agenda items with mention of technology, 2013
- Agenda items mentioned by state, 2013
- Community development, economic development/regulation, natural resources/environment, and transportation agenda items, 2013
- Education agenda items, 2013
- General government services and public finance agenda items, 2013
- Health care and social services agenda items, 2013
- Justice/public safety agenda items, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded a tenth round of Health Insurance Exchange Establishment Grants. Awardees this time include Arkansas ($16.5 million), Hawaii ($128.1 million), Illinois ($115.8 million), New Hampshire ($5.4 million), and Rhode Island ($9.8 million).
States are able to use these grants to improve and enhance key functions of their insurance exchange. Each grant is made through an extensive examination of funding requested by the state, in addition to an analysis to determine reasonable funding from the federal government. Establishment grants will continue to be awarded through 2014.
Here’s a look at key insurance exchange initiatives from this month’s awardees:
Hawaii: The state will be using funds to hire staff, develop and execute contracts as it continues to develop a robust insurance exchange system. CGI was awarded a $53 million contract in December 2012 to build Hawaii’s exchange. The state has also plans to procure for a Small Business Health Insurance Options Program (SHOP) exchange in the near future.
Arkansas: The state will be using its award to fund an Arkansas In-Person Assister (IPA) Guide program to assist in the deployment of more than 500 certified IPAs to assist consumers across the state during open enrollment. The state chose the partnership model for its exchange and is currently in the process of securing health connector outreach and education campaign services.
Illinois: The state will be using funds for a variety of tasks including recommending qualified health plans, operating its IPA program, raising awareness for its exchange, and implementing systems. Illinois will also be utilizing the partnership exchange model and is in the final evaluation stages for selecting its insurance exchange project vendor.
New Hampshire: The state will be using funds to continue planning and developing its consumer partnership marketplace, which includes hiring consultants to add capacity and manage activities. New Hampshire will be moving forward with a partnership model for its exchange.
Rhode Island: The state will be using funds to assist in the design of its comprehensive IPA program, in addition to developing a product and delivery system for its state-based insurance exchange, which it awarded Deloitte a $105 million contract to build. Rhode Island is also in the process of securing contact center services for its exchange.
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Every April, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week celebrates the work that telecommunicators engage in every day to keep their communities safe. These individuals are often the first line of defense in the face of tragedy and work to keep everyone calm on what may be the worst day of their lives. When a call comes in to 911, they are the ones charged with gathering salient information, determining which agencies are best to respond, and dispatching first responders.
Public safety telecommunicators also provide key instructions for individuals calling in with an emergency, whether instructing them where to hide during a home invasion or how to give CPR and clear an airway.
Telecommunicators rely not only on their extensive training and people skills, but also a complex network of technologies to ensure the appropriate help arrives at the correct emergency location as quickly as possible. In the past year, communities nationwide have recognized the importance of these essential technologies and have sought to upgrade or replace antiquated systems.
In the past year, several solicitations were released for the following technologies:
- 911 (Enhanced and Next Generation): 24
- Records Management Systems (RMS): 19
- Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD): 13
- Automatic Vehicle Location Systems (AVL): 7
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS): 6
Many public safety priorities for 2012 and 2013 emphasize increasing utilization of these systems and improving first-response efforts, which rely heavily on cooperation of neighboring jurisdictions or agencies in the event of an emergency. Increased interoperability coupled with the ability to receive information in real time has greatly enhanced overall telecommunications.
While most state and local governments manage their own dispatch centers, there is likely to be a continued focus on consolidation and partnerships between agencies to curb costs and improve efficiency. Dispatch equipment such as CAD, RMS, GIS mapping and AVL technology are typically procured through a formal solicitation process. Usually, CAD and RMS equipment are procured together, but as most of these technologies require integration, agencies may choose to procure all equipment within a technology suite. This helps agencies save time and money and allows for simultaneous upgrade and implementation processes.
The upgrade or enhancement of 911 systems to next generation has been on the radar of many governments over the past few years due to many systems becoming obsolete. Next generation 911 advancements have put pressure on agencies to incorporate new capabilities into 911 systems, such as the ability to receive text-to-911, video streaming and picture messaging. Most 911 projects are implemented through a formal procurement process, and some agencies even prefer to utilize an RFI or hire a consultant prior to formal implementation. Despite tight budgets, agencies will likely continue to put forth the effort to ensure the most efficient and advanced dispatching technologies are purchased because, like dispatchers, these systems are central to the mission of public safety agencies.
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