Current Contracting Initiatives

Phases

The awarding of DIR contracts consists of five phases: 

Planning Phase

These are upcoming Solicitations that are being developed but have not been released. Check this list often to get a better idea of the types of products and services DIR is looking for.

​Type of services/products

​Description

​Start date

​Solicitation release date

​Contact

Accessibility Products and Services
This solicitation is for products and service that assist in helping Texas agency and institutions of higher education organizations comply with the Accessibility Standards defined in the Texas Administrative Codes as applicable. Potential Vendors may propose any Accessibility IT Hardware, Software, including Software as a Service (SaaS), Related Services, and Services that may be currently available in today’s market.
October 2020
​March 2021
Scott Wilson

Microsoft Technical Services
This solicitation is for Microsoft Technical Services Microsoft Premier Support Services. The Vendor may propose any/all Technical and Premier Support Services of Microsoft Corporation.
November 2020
February 2021
Stephanie Harrison
Deliverables-Based Information Technology Services (DBITS)
This RFO, is seeking to provide contracts for deliverables-based services with Vendors for the following Technology Categories: 1) Application Maintenance and Support; 2) Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehouse; 3) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP); 4) Project Management; 5) Technology Update/Migration and Transformation; 6) Information Technology Assessments and Planning; 7) Application Development; 8) Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V); and 9) Information Technology Procurement Assistance. When a Customer identifies a need for delivery-based services within one of the DBITS Contracts Technology Categories, a Statement of Work (SOW) will be created by the DIR Customer and submitted to DIR for review in accordance with the SOW thresholds and guidelines.
November 2020
March 2021
Colleen Berkley
Technology Based Training, including Instructor-led Training for Technology
The purpose of this solicitation is to award contracts to provide Technology Based and instructor Led Training. This RFO is comprised of three separate sections: 1) Standard Technology Based Training (TBT) Services; 2) Customized TBT Testing and Training; and 3) Technology Based Instructor Led Training. Standard TBT Services (Annual Subscription and Single Course) include access to a comprehensive course catalog over the Internet. The learning environment shall have complete reporting and administrative functions, including but not limited to, mentoring, e-reference materials, tutorials, roles-based content packages specifically for Human Resources, Customer Services, and Information Technology Workers. Customized TBT Testing and Training provides services to DIR customers through the Vendor’s Internet website. The Vendor may provide tailored solutions as related to customization and delivery of online testing, education, and training resources to meet DIR Customer defined training and testing needs.
December 2020
March 2021
Doug Leach
Technology Based Recording and Conferencing
The purpose of this solicitation is to provide technology-based recording equipment, software, conferencing products, and related services. Technology based recording equipment, software and related services are used for digitally recording, posting, playing back, annotating, searching, indexing, archiving, storing and managing recordings, including but not limited to, recordings of court proceedings, depositions, administrative hearings, law enforcement activities, and meetings. Technology based conferencing products includes, but is not limited to, audio, video and web conferencing equipment and related services (installation, warranty, maintenance and support, etc.) as well as conferencing software. This RFO is not for telecommunications services that support audio and video conferencing.
January 2021
March 2021
Doug Leach
Miscellaneous Information Technology (IT) Hardware, Peripherals, Components and Related Services
Vendors may submit a response for any hardware peripherals, components and related services offered by the Vendor. Hardware Components – an information technology device that is typically an internal attachment, which has an essential function and purpose to assist in the design of a computer or other type of IT hardware equipment. Examples of such devices would be memory, hard drives, or video cards. Hardware Peripherals – an information technology device that is typically an external attachment, which is not part of the essential make-up or design of a computer or other type of IT equipment but assists the main IT device in its function. Examples of such devices would be a keyboard, mouse, or speakers.
January 2021
March 2021
Scott Wilson
Cloud Services
The resulting Cloud Services Contracts awarded pursuant to this RFO will provide DIR Customers with access to cloud service models such as: Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS), Cloud Broker, Miscellaneous as a Service (MaaS). Deployment models include: Private Cloud, Community Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud.
February 2021
​July 2021
Pete Casals
Apple-branded Products and Related Services
This solicitation is for All Apple Branded Products including, but is not limited to, desktops, laptops, tablets, peripherals, accessories, and software products manufactured, distributed, or licensed under the Apple brand name and related services. Third Party Products may be proposed as an option and will be awarded at the discretion of DIR. Third Party Products are those hardware, peripherals, accessories and software by other manufacturers or publishers that may be used as an attachment or embedded within an Apple device to create, enhance or extend the functionality of the Apple branded device; or to create, enhance or extend the functionality of the Authorized Third Party Product which release on an Apple device platform to function.
March 2021
May 2021
Stephanie Harrison
IT Research and Advisory Services (Augmentation)
The purpose of this solicitation is to contract with Vendors to provide 1) IT Research and 2) Advisory Subscription Services for DIR Customers that have varying needs to obtain information that cover a wide variety of subject categories, including but not limited to, general, business, social sciences, health, education, science, finance, library materials, etc. Vendors are encouraged to submit their complete line of database products, including delivery of various media types and optional pricing structures.
September 2020
March 2021
Stephanie Harrison
Artificial Intelligence Products and Related Services
​DIR seeks to add a new category of services to its Cooperative Contracts offerings. As technology evolves, there are numerous opportunities to improve manual processes, data analytics, and overall efficiency. DIR desires to provide offerings to all eligible customers to help improve their internal operations. DIR has identified the following categories of interest: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Machine Learning (ML) Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Natural Language Processing (NLP) Computer Vision (CV) Digital Assistants
April 2021
October 2021
Pete Casals
Laboratory Technology Products and Related Services
DIR seeks to add a new category of services to its Cooperative Contracts offerings. As technology evolves, there are numerous opportunities to improve manual processes, data analytics, and overall efficiency. Additional information gathering will need to take place, however, the following categories are of interest: Laboratory Automation Next-Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) Point-of-Care Testing (POC) IT Diagnostics Products Laboratory Internet of Things (IoT)
April 2021
October 2021
Doug Leach
Texas.gov Payment Engine Research
Research into payment engine technology in advance of a potential procurement. This goal is to identify: 1) Potential payment engine providers; 2) Market standards for payment engine technologies; and 3) Barriers to entry into the current Texas.gov environment that may be removed or mitigated prior to RFO release.
March 2020
August 2021
TBD
Managed Network Services Research
Research into managed services offerings for networking. DIR would like to establish a managed network services Shared Technology Services service component for consumption by DIR Customers and potentially DIR for the DCS program.
March 2020
August 2021
TBD
3rd Party Risk Management Platform
A system used for reporting requirements for security officers across the state to report security incidents, planning, IRPR and EPLS.
TBD
TBD
TBD
​CPO Tool Refresh and Update
​Procurement of a software tool that would provide procurement management, as well as contract management functions.
​December 2020
​August 2021
​TBD
Procurement Assistance – Texas.gov
Procurement assistance services for Texas.gov related needs including requirements gathering, offer evaluations, and contract negotiations.
October 2020
February 2021
TBD
ITS Break/Fix
Managed services for the fee-for-service repair and or replacement of information technology assets.
March 2021
August 2021
TBD
Learning Management System (LMS)
Procurement of a platform that would host DIR created statutory training to administer to agencies as needed.
December 2020
August 2021
TBD
Tex-AN Order Processing Portal-SOW
The Telecom Fulfillment Digital Transformation Project is an initiative to provide a solution by digitally transforming the Telecom Fulfillment process from a manual data entry process to a Chatbot Assisted self-service portal. The current fulfillment process utilized BMC Helix/Remedy ITMS and requires specialized data entry by highly trained Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). The portal will provide DIR TEX-AN self-service capabilities to enable users to satisfy standard requests on their own in an effort to reduce involvement by support staff in solving routing requests and/or technical problems, using BMC Helix Digital Workplace Advanced and Chatbot technologies.
TBD
TBDTBD

All dates are approximate and subject to change without notice.

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Pre-Solicitation Notices, Requests for Information, Requests for Comments

These are upcoming Solicitations that are being developed but have not been released. Check this list often to get a better idea of the types of products and services DIR is looking for.

​Current Notices, RFIs, & RFCs on ESBD

​Posting Number

Description

Due Date

​Contact

​CA Technologies and Lenovo Branded
DIR-CPO-TMP-554
​This solicitation is for Branded Products and Related Services for CA and Lenovo. Respondents may propose either Brand or both Brands which include all CA Branded Products including, but not limited to, software including Software as a Service (SaaS) products manufactured, distributed or licensed under the CA brand name and/or Lenovo branded product categories, including but not limited to, desktops, laptops, tablets, printers, servers, and the related accessories, software, and/or supplies applicable to each product category. Related services include, but are not limited to, product installation, warranty, maintenance and support, managed services, and product training.
​TBD
​Doug Leach

All dates are approximate and subject to change without notice.

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Posting Phase

These Solicitations are currently active; vendors are able to submit responses until the deadline. Pre-Solicitation conferences are posted on the DIR calendar.

​Current RFOs on ESBD

Posting Number​

​Description

​Due Date

​Contact

​TEX-AN 2021: Communications Technology Offerings
DIR-CPO-TMP-552
​The objective of this Request for Offer (RFO) is to establish a comprehensive portfolio of communications technology contracts with multiple Service options that will satisfy DIR Customers’ broad public service and business requirements. The primary objective of the TEX-AN 2021 Program is to obtain competitive and comprehensive communications technology managed services, commodities and solutions for DIR Customers, acting by and through the DIR. DIR’s vision is to evolve the Texas Agency Network program (TEX-AN) program to enhance the customer experience with modern, integrated, and secure telecommunication services, providing rapid and consistent delivery at a competitive price.
​March 15, 2021
Sarah Noel

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Evaluation Phase

These are closed Solicitations. DIR is currently evaluating responsive vendors’ proposals.

​Solicitation

​Solicitation number

​Start date

​End date

​Contact

​Data Optimization Project (DOP) ITSAC Resources
​SOW-02-FY21
This solicitation is for staff augmentation services that assist in helping to provide a solution for DIR’s data warehouse and business intelligence needs, which will include an analysis, a re-architecture, and a redesign of the current data warehouse. DIR’s goal is to design a data warehouse that helps stakeholders make better informed decisions by being able to analyze data with greater flexibility and integrate disparate systems. To do this the data must be structured in a business-driven, dimensionally modeled approach that allows for queries focused on parameters, yet flexible enough to allow for many different groupings and categorization of these measures. This structure is optimized for high-performance queries as stakeholders usually need to search large amounts of transactions in a compressed and usable result set. A significant benefit of this structure is the ability to store and retrieve historical data in a format that is efficient and flexible.
​February 11, 2021
​Monica Presson
​Cybersecurity Products and Services (Formerly IT Security, Hardware, Software and Related Services)
DIR-CPO-TMP-550
​February 12, 2021
​March 21, 2021
Pete Casals
​Cabling Services and Related Products
DIR-CPO-TMP-551

February 8, 2021

​March 5, 2021
Stephanie Harrison

All dates are approximate and subject to change without notice.

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Negotiation Phase

These are closed Solicitations that are currently under negotiation.

Solicitation

Solicitation number

​Start date

​End date

​Contact

​End-User IT Outsourcing
DIR-CPO-TMP-442
February 2021
​May 2021
Stephanie Harrison
​Education IT Products and Services​DIR-TSO-TMP-424​October 2019​March 2021
Stephanie Harrison
​Managed Print Services, Copiers, Printers, 3D and Scanning Equipment and Related Services, Document Imaging, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Products and Software and Services​​DIR-TSO-TMP-419​February 2019
​March 2021
Stephanie Harrison
Data Storage, Data  Communications & Network Equipment and Related Services
​DIR-TSO-TMP-422​July 2018March 2021
Stephanie Harrison
​Google Branded Products and Services
​DIR-TSO-TMP-411
​February 2018
March 2021
Stephanie Harrison
​Cloud Services
​DIR-TSO-TMP-266
​October 2017
March 2021
Stephanie Harrison
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hardware, Software, and Services and Information Technology (IT) Based Surveying Hardware, Software and Related Services​DIR-CPO-TMP-444​June 2020
March 2021
Pete Casals
​Law Enforcement, Surveillance and Security Monitoring, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery Technology Products and Services
DIR-CPO-TMP-443
July 2020
March 2021
Stephanie Harrison
​Information Technology Staff Augmentation Contract (ITSAC) Services
​DIR-CPO-TMP-445
​June 2019
​March 2021
Colleen Berkley
​SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS (Augmenting DIR-TSO-TMP-416)
​DIR-CPO-TMP-449
​May 1, 2020
​TBD
Colleen Berkley

 All dates are approximate and subject to change without notice.​

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Recent Awards

These projects have been awarded to vendors in the last 90 days. Click on the contract number for details and contact information.

Contract Number

​Vendor

​Start Date

​End date

​Statutory Authority

​​Contract Manager

​DIR-CPO-TMP-448
​Xcel Events
​09/19/2019
​08/31/2020
​​TGC 2054
​Lisa Llamas
DIR-TPC-MSA-432
​Atos Governmental IT Outsourcing Services, LLC
​03/16/2020
​08/31/20204
TX Gov’t Code, Ch. 2054, Sections 2054.065 and 2054.059, Subchapter L and Ch. 2059
​Carolyn Knowles
DIR-SECOPS-MSA-434
​Science Applications International Corporations (SAIC)
​03/16/2020
​08/31/2024
TX Gov’t Code, Ch. 2054, Sections 2054.065 and 2054.059, Subchapter L and Ch. 2059
Melissa Knezevic
​DIR-TSS-MSA-435
​Deloitte Consulting, LLP
​03/16/2020
​08/31/2024
TX Gov’t Code, Ch. 2054, Sections 2054.065 and 2054.059, Subchapter L and Ch. 2059
Jennifer Tram
DIR-PMD-MSA-438

​Xerox Corporation
​03/16/2020
​08/31/2024
TX Gov’t Code, Ch. 2054, Sections 2054.065 and 2054.059, Subchapter L
Melissa Knezevic
DIR-PCM-MSA-436
​Rackspace US, Inc.
​5/7/2020
​08/31/20204
TGC 2054
Melissa Knezevic


Lanette Patterson
​DIR-MF-MSA-439
​Atos Governmental IT Outsourcing Services, LLC
​5/7/2020
​08/31/20204
TGC 2054
​Carolyn Knowles

 All dates are approximate and subject to change without notice.​

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Closed

Solicitation Number Solicitation Start Date Closed Date - Action Taken Contact





All dates are approximate and subject to change without notice.

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