The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is seeking feedback on a draft Statement of Requirement (SOR) for the next two categories of the Hardware Marketplace – End User and Enterprise Computing.
The DTA said it was seeking to establish an online catalogue of standardised offerings -- including upgrade and downgrade options -- with relatively stable specifications and pricing to facilitate low volume, low value purchases, which it has specified as volumes of up to 100 units.
Beyond this, government agencies may acquire larger volumes or non-standard equipment through individual Request for Quotations (RFQ).
Respondents will have until 18 January to put forward their feedback. The End User and Enterprise Computing categories include desktop computers; notebooks and laptops; thin clients; zero client endpoints; monitors; servers; server racks, enclosures and accessories; complementary products; asset sanitation and disposal services as well as associated and professional services.
Specifically within these sub-categories the DTA is asking vendors to supply a minimum of three configurations -- a value option, a mainstream option and a performance option, specifying minimum requirements for the hardware.
Under the terms of the arrangement, the DTA said it intends to re-open each category on the panel at least every 12 months to allow existing sellers to update available models and submit updated pricing, and to also allow submissions of new applications to become a seller.
The Hardware Marketplace was established in December last year, aimed at allowing government entities to buy IT hardware to support internal business processes.
It includes hardware categories such as storage, network equipment, and end user and enterprise computing, and is available for all Federal, State and local governments to use.
The first hardware category, enterprise storage, has been completed and is transacting with 36 suppliers on-board spanning OEMs, resellers and service integrators including Data#3, Dimension Data, OPC IT and Thomas Duryea Logicalis.
The DTA is currently evaluating the applications it has received for the second and third categories - network infrastructure and cabling services, which closed on 15 November.