BC Hydro Corp. wants to directly award a contract that could be worth almost $300,000 to Accenture Inc., a controversial international consulting firm known for outsourcing public services. The contract will see Accenture assist the Crown corporation in determining the "strategic priorities" for its new power transmission and distribution business. Seven years ago, the provincial government split that business off from BC Hydro and made it the responsibility of another Crown corporation. Now, six months after the government tabled legislation to end that experiment, BC Hydro has stated "time is of the essence" in "identifying and prioritizing initiatives" required to develop the transmission and distribution service's business capabilities.
That's one reasons the Crown corporation is using to justify directly awarding the contract to help do that work to Accenture. A document quietly posted on the government's procurement Website earlier today also states BC Hydro doesn't want to go through a competitive bid process because the outsourcing firm has "critical" knowledge, having "been involved in previous strategic exercises" within the corporation. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned document.