Deltek Pulse: General government month in review, April 2014

Published: May 05, 2014

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The second quarter of the year started off with a bang. According to the GovWin IQ State and Local database, 3,587 information technology and professional services solicitations were released in April. Considering approximately 2,700 solicitations were released in February and March, this month’s increase is quite a jump! 

As the word cloud below shows, management systems, software systems, and program development were among the most common projects with solicitations released in the past month. 
Within the general government vertical, education had the most solicitations released, with more than 860 tagged as primary/secondary or higher education. This is the largest number of solicitations per month a vertical has released this year. Natural resources was in second place with just more than 500 bids, while economic development came in closely behind with 450 bids released in April. 
Notable projects:
  • The Hawaii Department of Taxation released a request for proposals (RFP) for the modernization of taxation technology. This project has been on the radar since 2012 when it was mentioned in a state enterprise architecture document. Proposals are due June 12.
  • The Nevada Department of Administration released an RFP for IT staff augmentation. The state is seeking a vendor who can provide assistance in a variety of IT consulting projects. Proposals are due May 20.
  • Illinois released a request for information (RFI) for a system integrator for an ERP solution. The state does not currently have a comprehensive human resources or financial management system. This ERP system will include both of those aspects in a single statewide system.
  • New York state released an RFI for PeopleSoft staff augmentation. The state may have a requirement for services for Oracle PeopleSoft products including human capital management, financials, customer relationship management, eSupplier, and portal solutions.

Technology Roundup: Financial management systems

With tax season over and budget season looming, states across the country will informally begin to evaluate their infrastructure for handling revenue, expenditures, and grants as they develop fiscal year 2015 plans. The backend financial management systems that aid in this process range from budget and accounting software to expense and reporting software. Each state procures and contracts for these services unequivocally, and their use and integration vary significantly across the board. This uneven distribution and lack of consistency has and will continue to frustrate vendors throughout 2014 and beyond. Below is a map that highlights potential contracting opportunities for vendors in this space.

Analyst’s Take

Tax season must have been on everyone’s mind because we saw an increase in financial and tax system procurements last month. From the West Coast to the East Coast, we saw solicitations for tax systems, revenue management systems, financial management systems, and ERP integrated financial systems.

Last month, Deltek released its “State of the States, 2014” report, which touches on how the market is taking shape in 2014 and how agendas from 2012-2013 are holding up. More so, it breaks down what may have caused any change in agendas. Of all the verticals across state and local government, the education vertical had the most agenda items mentioned in 2014, with 157 items. That’s almost 100 more than the average of 50 items mentioned. The full report can be found here.

Additionally, Analyst Derek Johnson took to the pages of Washington Post Capital Business to evaluate the burgeoning need for cybersecurity technology. State governments are literally facing millions of intrusion attempts per day, and investment in security technology is on the rise in state and local government.

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