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Re: IT procurement for eGov, transparency case studies

From: Aisenberg, Michael A. <maisenberg@mitre.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:51:56 +0000
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The USG and industry have had a major initiative on improving the quality and integrity of SW acquisition. The effort has become anchored in the DHS supported Software Assurance Forum @ https://buildsecurityin.us-cert.gov

The effort has maps of the acquisition process (courtesy of MITRE), sample contract process maps, contract language (similar to voluminous DoD material). The U.S. National Defense University/ICAFand Naval PostGraduate school in Monterey each have a curriculum with over 50 semester-long post-graduate level courses on the acquisition process, IT acquisition requirements, supply chain and security. See NDU.edu/icaf/departments/acquisition/curriculum.htm, for examples.
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From: Paola Di Maio [mailto:paola.dimaio@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2012 07:56 AM
To: eGov IG (Public) <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Subject: IT procurement for eGov, transparency case studies

One of the eGov hot topics is ''IT procurement" that is, how do Government
select the  software that supports the electronic side of their operations. this is not just repositories
for open data, but all sorts of kit.

Some References in this report:
Government and IT - "a recipe for rip-offs": time for a new approach

One of the projects I am working on at the moment, involves mapping, with documentation
(as documentary evidence), for each eGovernment initiative, how the IT resources
are secured.

Murky field of inquiry.

just to start off, I  consulted the UK government last year, including issuing FOI requests, about the procurement, of CKAN for example,  particularly wanted to learn what was the original spec /requirements for CKAN, and what kind of funding was granted, based on what agreement/tender. however,  I was unable  to access any document available, including no contract between the UK government and OKFn for the development of CKAN, although there is some evidence of moneys having been exchanged between the UK Government and OKFn for the purpose of funding CKAN development. Does anyone have any info?

I am gathering  the same for each EU country, but the respective eGov iniaitives so far seem to
be cagey its not just the UK which is giving me the cold shoulder on this, and sometimes they simply say that there is no such thing as an IT procurement process for eGov at all, or simply decline to answer.  how can this be? aren't government spending, or planning to spend tons of public money to purchase the egovernment infrastuctures? how can this be done under the table?

I would be interested to
1. learn what other group members may know/think about the issue
2.  does anyone know if the transparency laws and access to info and open data initiatives in the EU cover such things as IT procurement data for egov?
3.  is anyone interested in collaborating in this effort? how do we propose the topic for development to this group.

seems relevant



An example of a Procurement life cycle can be summarised as follows, but it can take a variety of
different steps, some of which are 'decisions'

Information gathering/requirements
Supplier contact:
Background review:
Consumption, maintenance, and disposal:
Additional Step

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