By 2015, 45 percent of provincial government managers will be eligible for retirement. But it looks like the Campbell administration is already having trouble filling those posts. For example: last month, labour and citizens services quietly announced it would directly awarding a contract worth up to $75,000 to Nancy Keehr, who was retiring as the information systems director with the ministry's accomodation and release services division. According to a document posted on BC Bid, "attempts to fill the position of Director were unsuccessful." And, because Ms. Keehr "possesses unique knowledge about ARES and it's current projects" she's been re-hired to transfer her knowledge to "the current acting Information Systems Director of Information Management" and "provide mentoring to IS staff" among other services. The following is a complete copy of the notice to intent to award that contract, which has an end date of September 30 with an option to renew for an additional six months.
NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI) TO CONTRACT
Notice is hereby given by the Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services (LCS), Accommodation and Real Estate Services (ARES) of its intent to direct a contract to Nancy Keehr until September 30, 2008 with an option to renew for up to an additional 6 months for the provision of a variety of services including but not necessarily limited to:
- Knowledge transfer to the current acting Information Systems Director of Information Management and technology functions and Project Cornerstone responsibilities;
- Develop and recommend processes for strategic planning of future releases and enhancements to Tririga, other line of business information systems, and business processes;
- Provide requirements for a RFP for ongoing support an development of Tririga based on knowledge of the ARES IS and business organization, processes and capabilities; and
- Provide mentoring to IS staff.
The contract value will not exceed a value of $75,000.00.
The Ministry has chosen not to call for proposals at this time for the following reasons:
- This contractor was the previous Director of the Information Management Branch who has recently retired from Government and possesses unique knowledge about ARES and
it's current projects;
- Attempts to fill the position of Director previously were unsuccessful;
- The contract requires the in depth knowledge of ARES Information Systems branch with respect to the knowledge of legacy systems integration into the new Tririga System and this contractor as past Director possesses that unique knowledge
- Retention of this person until Cornerstone is complete will minimize risks of service disruption to ARES and their customers.
Service providers wishing to object to this decision must contact Ralph Keenan, Procurement Specialist, by facsimile at (250) 387-7309 on or before 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, June 23, 2008, 2008 presenting, in writing, specific reasons for their objection. If justified, the Ministry will convene a meeting with Ministry representatives and the
service providers to receive representations concerning this contract.
A service provider's ability to offer the services resulting in no or limited risk to business disruption and the same or better solutions at the same or a lower cost in the same time frame will be the key criterion with regard to the consideration of objections.