BC Hydro Corp. is reviewing its controversial $1.45 billion outsourcing deal with Accenture Inc., Public Eye has learned. That ten-year deal, which saw the privatization of the Crown corporation's back office services, was signed on February 28, 2003. Now, seven years later, BC Hydro has quietly announced its looking for an advisor to review its outsourced services and prepare recommendations in advance of the contract's expiration date. The Crown corporation has the option of ending its contract with Accenture early or extending it by five years. Earlier, Public Eye reported former provincial Liberal campaign co-chair Patrick Kinsella's company worked with the American outsourcing firm to develop a "comprehensive marketing plan" and a "very broad government-relations plan" that resulted in the privatization deal. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned announcement, which was posted on BC Bid earlier today.
***DETAILS OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS***
This Request for Proposals is issued by BC Hydro to obtain Proposals from parties wishing to provide the following Consulting Services to BC Hydro:
BC Hydro is in the 8th year of its 10 year outsourcing contract with Accenture Business Services of BC (ABSBC). As such, BC Hydro is seeking a Consultant or Consultants with Outsourcing Advisory expertise to assist in the following:
- review currently outsourced services to assess optimal sourcing models for their
- develop a long term sourcing strategy to meet BC Hydro business needs;
- prepare an end-of-term recommendation(s).
Proponent should note that at this time, office space at BC Hydro's Vancouver, BC location may or may not be available for the Work identified in the RFP. Proponent should be aware that working offsite may have to occur. BC Hydro anticipates the Long Term Sourcing Assessment ("LTSA") project will be completed over a 4-6 week time frame, commencing in late June 2010 with completion in late July or early August, 2010.