In a press conference on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue finally made it official: the state of Georgia will be outsourcing the vast majority of its IT services. This decision presents an exciting new opportunity for IT contractors.

Based upon a comprehensive assessment of current IT infrastructure of 13 state agencies, the Georgia Technology Authority (“GTA”) confirmed that the state’s aging IT infrastructure faces challenges in meeting industry standards and could “create serious risk in providing critical services to more than nine million Georgians,” Perdue said. GTA found that:

  • The state’s IT spending was uncoordinated and fragmented.
  • It was difficult — if not impossible — to determine the state’s return on IT investment across the enterprise.
  • GTA was unable to meet industry standards and ensure appropriate levels of security and disaster recovery.
  • The state’s current IT infrastructure was unworthy of supporting the $21 billion, 24/7 enterprise that is Georgia state government.
  • The current infrastructure must provide critical services to the state and its residents.

GTA found that nothing short of a complete transformation would accomplish the magnitude of change needed to upgrade the state’s existing IT infrastructure to the level required for safe and secure operations. To address this problem, Governor Perdue has announced plans to centralize and manage the state’s IT infrastructure under a revamped GTA. The new GTA, in turn, will coordinate the procurement of multiple IT services providers to bid on the IT services work. In total, GTA expects to grant five-to seven-year contracts valued at a total of $1.2–$1.4 billion. GTA will manage the state’s IT infrastructure through these external service providers.

This procurement, which GTA is calling Georgia Infrastructure Transformation (GAIT) 2010, is expected to be an intensive, time-consuming project. According to GTA’s current procurement timeline, development of the Requests for Proposals (“RFP”) has already begun and will continue through March 2008, with competitive bidding commencing in April and extending through October 2008. Once finalized, RFPs will be announced on the state’s Procurement Registry. Companies not currently doing business with the state should at a minimum review the vendor FAQs on the State Purchasing Web site and familiarize themselves with procurement requirements in Georgia, including the Georgia Vendor Manual published by the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, the agency that administers most state-wide contracts, including GAIT.1