Deltek Pulse: Justice and public safety 2014 year in review

Published: January 06, 2015

Contract AwardsJustice/Public Safety & Homeland Security

2014 wrapped up with about 1,000 fewer solicitations released than 2013. The start of Q2 2014 saw the most solicitations released, keeping with historical patterns of April and May seeing robust procurement activity. The rest of the year remained steady and tapered off during the holidays, per usual. California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Ohio remained the top five states with the most procurement. Nevada, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming had the least procurement activity.

June brought a lot of activity around next generation 911 (NG911) as agencies nationwide began looking to update their systems and implement NG911. Several agencies have already begun moving forward with NG911 upgrades, specifically text-to-911 services. In August, the FCC mandated all wireless carriers to allow users to text 911 to emergency response units. While this may seem like a small step, it opens the door for future NG911 implementation and system upgrades; therefore, vendors should keep an eye out for more solicitations for these services in the year ahead. Agencies may choose to release consultant RFPs beforehand to be able to identify which components will be needed for the main solicitation.

FirstNet released an RFI in September that will use vendor responses to create a draft RFP that is estimated to be released Q1 2015, with a formal RFP later in the year. FirstNet received 122 responses as well as 64 responses to a recent public notice. FirstNet also conducted initial consultations with states this past fall. The release of the draft RFP this year will provide more insight on the nationwide broadband network and shed some light on which states will choose to opt in or out of the network.

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