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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1814


Retention of Information Technology Consulting Firms; Request for Expanded Letters of Interest; Reference No. 3-099

[27 Pa.B. 5851]

   The Turnpike Commission (Commission) will retain four Information Technology consulting firms to provide information technology related services on various projects for the Commission.

   The services will encompass a wide range of information technology consulting, study, analysis and design and programming efforts with the possibility of several different projects undertaken with short completion schedules. The anticipated types of projects include Year 2000 compliance, Business Process Re-Engineering, Desk Top Environment Replacement, Data Warehousing, Project Management Process Implementation (including GIS), Computer Aided Dispatch and Intelligent Highway Systems (ITS) Implementation. Each contract will be for a maximum cost of $500,000 for a 2 year period.

   Each firm may be required to: Provide a high level of technical support for development of information technology projects; perform project life cycle activities that involve the study, analysis, design, programming, testing and installation of computer based applications and their associated equipment; analyze existing program logic to determine the best method of accomplishing required changes or cause of program malfunctions; design program logic to meet the performance and processing needs of the Commission; test all developed and modified programs; interact with customers when applicable to determine system requirements and resolve problems; report status or progress of projects or tasks and record actual time spent for each assigned task; insure conformance with information technology standards, procedures and policies; perform other related duties as assigned or needed. Personnel will be required to work under the direction of Commission employes in the performance of their day-to-day activities. The Commission will also require a weekly status report which will be submitted and approved by the designated PTC Project Manager.

   Direct inquiries and questions to Sam J. Boyer at (717) 986-9641.

General Requirements and Information

   Firms interested in performing the above services are invited to submit Expanded Letters of Interest to Robert L. Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Information Technology, Administration Building, located on Eisenhower Boulevard at the Harrisburg-East Interchange near Highspire, PA. Mailing Address: P. O. Box 67676, Harris-burg, PA 17106-7676. Inquiries may be directed to Samuel J. Boyer, Director of Project/Process Management at (717) 986-9641.

   The Expanded Letters of Interest must include in the heading the project reference number indicated in the advertisement. If the firm has multiple offices, the location of the office performing the work must be identified. A cost rate per hour schedule must be submitted for each of the professional positions listed:

Business Process Re-Engineering Consultant
Management Consultant
Year 2000 Consultant
Year 2000 Programmer/Analyst
Wan/LAN Communication Specialist
Business Systems Analyst
Project Manager
Systems Analyst
Programmer Analyst
Data Base Analyst

   Firms with out-of-State headquarters or corporations not incorporated in this Commonwealth must include with each Letter of Interest a copy of their registration to do business in this Commonwealth as provided by the Department of State.

   The following factors will be considered by the committee during their evaluation of the firms submitting Expanded Letters of Interest:

   1.  Capability of the firm to supply needed skills and level of experience.

   2.  Ability of the firm to work remotely. Office space is limited at our facility.

   3.  Resumes of the individuals submitted and their capabilities.

   4.  Hourly rates submitted for the professional positions submitted.

   5.  Past record of firm with respect to work quality, ability to meet schedules and ability to work in a team environment.

   6.  Physical location of consultant's office where the work will be performed.

   7.  Listing of subconsultants intended. Any deviation from the subconsultants listed in the Letter of Interest will require written approval from the Commission.

   8.  Willingness to submit candidates to an interview process prior to work assignments.

   Each firm shall demonstrate in its expanded Letter of Interest its ability to perform the specific requirements indicated for these projects by including a maximum three page report on this subject.

   The Expanded Letters of Interest and required rate schedule must be received by 12 p.m., Friday, November 21, 1997. Any letters of interest received after this date and time will be time-stamped and returned.

   Based on an evaluation of acceptable Expanded Letters of Interest received in response to this solicitation, the order will be established for the purpose of entering into an Open-End Agreement with the four highest ranked firms. Technical Proposals or Request for Proposals will not be requested.

   The assignment of the above services will be made to four of the firms responding to this notice, but the Commission reserves the right to review all Letters of Interest submitted, to cancel the solicitation requested under this notice and/or to readvertise solicitation for these services.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1814. Filed for public inspection November 7, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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