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ISM AWARDED CONTRACT FOR OPEN BIDDING SERVICE

ISM AWARDED CONTRACT FOR OPEN BIDDING SERVICE
 OTTAWA, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - (ISM) Information Systems Management Corporation has been selected as the contractor for Supply and Services Canada's Open Bidding Service (OBS), part of the department's Open Bidding initiative. The terms of the agreement were announced today by Supply and Services Minister Paul Dick at a signing ceremony at ISM's Federal Regional Division in Ottawa.
 The Open Bidding Service is a joint SCC/ISM project. It is an on-line electronic bid opportunity and requisition system that will replace the existing Procurement Opportunities Board (POB). Under the Open Bidding initiative, Canadian suppliers are free to bid on most contracts without having to be on source lists.
 ISM will provide the Open Bidding Service using SSC databases beginning June 1st, 1992. Special features of the OBS will increase the speed of on-line searches, and bid application requests will be sent more quickly.
 "The Open Bidding initiative is one of the key reforms to the procurement process currently underway in my department," Mr. Dick explained. "OBS will take this initiative one step further by allowing potential suppliers to order, receive, and eventually transmit bid documents from their computer terminals. This means Canadian suppliers will find it easier to do business with the Government of Canada. Canadians in turn will receive the best available goods for their tax dollar, and that's good government.
 "OBS demonstrates SSC's commitment to promoting fairness and accessibility in the federal procurement system," added the Minister. "The Open Bidding Service also puts into practice the department's goals under Acquisitions 2000 to reduce paper flow and duplication through the use of up-to-date communication technology."
 ISM was awarded the OBS contract after a yearlong competition. ISM has gained database publishing expertise from years of providing legal, news, and government information to their subscribers. They will support the OBS using their own dedicated communications system.
 Current subscribers to the Procurement Opportunities Board will be advised directly of the new service, and will be invited to subscribe to it well before the implementation date.
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 For further information: Sandy Crossfield, (819) 956-2310
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