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Monday, July 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - RFP to replace legislative systems

According to this document, the Indiana Legislative Services Agency issued an RFP on July 9th:

seeking a qualified vendor to provide business analysis, system analysis, software design, software development, software testing, and system integration services to replace existing legislative information systems.
ILB: The deadlines are on p. 4, if you are just hearing about this it is probably already too late.

More from the RFP:

The legislative information systems were developed at different times using different technologies, tools, and techniques. They are hosted on different platforms and rely on a mix of operating systems and environments. As a result, many application and data interfaces exist and the workflow involved is very complex. No single person or team understands the entire system,and the support infrastructure relies on contractors, numerous product vendors, various groups,and LSA staff.

Over 375 programs and 500 outputs exist today and are categorized into seven basic information systems.

They include:

  • Bill Drafting (Bill Drafting, Standing Committees, Interim Committees, Folio)
  • Fiscal
  • Code Revision
  • Bill Status
  • Chamber Automation, Voting Systems, and Journal
  • Administrative Code and Register
  • Miscellaneous Administrative
The legislative information systems are integrated today and are highly dependent on each other for data and information sharing. Five of the primary legislative information systems are Bill Drafting, Fiscal, Code Revision, Bill Status, Voting Systems, and the Journal Systems. All internal users access these legislative information systems using the local area network. Most of the work is done while the legislature is in session (January to May of odd-numbered years and January to March of even-numbered years). However, pre-session work extends several months ahead of the session, and post-session work generally lasts several months after a session ends. During session, system users may work 10+ hour days or on weekends to keep up with the workload. Data entry work must be printed, proofread, corrected, and reprinted prior to distribution via web or paper copy.

Many miscellaneous legislative applications exist to support the pre- and post-session activities. Although these applications are not tightly integrated with the core legislative information systems, they are somewhat integrated and easily share a great deal of data with them.

The miscellaneous administrative applications are primarily written in Delphi and WordPerfect macros and provide a great deal of value to the staff. Some of these applications have interfaces to other systems including the legislative information systems.

The Administrative Code application has been rewritten recently and is, for the most part, a stand-alone system.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 23, 2012 02:19 PM
Posted to Indiana Government