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Solicitation number 2B0KB-12NNSE/A

Publication date

Closing date and time 2012/09/13 14:00 EDT

Last amendment date

    Trade Agreement: NONE
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    Attachment: None
    Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Nature of Requirements: 
    Notification to Suppliers
    National Security Exception for Email, Network and Data Centre
    Systems, Infrastructure and Services
    This notification is being published in order to inform
    suppliers that Public Works and Government Services Canada
    (PWGSC), at the request of Shared Services Canada (SSC), has
    invoked the National Security Exception under Canada's domestic
    and international trade agreements in connection with
    procurements for SSC related to email, network/
    telecommunications and data centre systems, infrastructure and
    services. This is part of a Government of Canada strategy to
    create a secure, centralized communications infrastructure.
    As announced by Minister Ambrose on 4 August 2011 when SSC was
    created, "Shared Services Canada will have a mandate to
    streamline and reduce duplication in the government's IT
    services. Taking action will help our Government reduce
    duplication, and over time, our government footprint. It will
    also strengthen security and the safety of government data to
    ensure Canadians are protected." 
    Over the past decade, there has been an increasing recognition
    of the central role played by email, network/telecommunications
    and data centre systems in every aspect of government
    operations. However, during the same period, we have learned
    that these systems have been the target of  hostile threats
    which causes grave concerns about the implications of cyber
    threats on Canada's national security.
    The government's current aging infrastructure in email,
    network/telecommunications and data centre systems, all of which
    are interconnected, leaves the government vulnerable to such
    cyber threats. The government is also concerned about potential
    compromises to security achieved through the supply chain
    itself. SSC will treat the government as an enterprise and
    strengthen security through consolidation and limiting both
    entry and access points, among other things.
    This National Security Exception will apply to a variety of
    procurements, which may involve different procurement
    strategies. However, PWGSC and SSC anticipate that, in some
    cases, the procurement strategy may involve the pre-selection of
    suppliers who, among other things, meet certain security
    clearance criteria at the time of pre-selection. Access to
    information about certain SSC procurements (e.g., system
    architecture) may also be restricted to suppliers (and
    individuals within those suppliers) who hold the appropriate
    security clearance. As a result, suppliers (and key individuals
    within suppliers) who do not currently hold a security clearance
    at the level of Secret should consider seeking to upgrade their
    security clearance status, since procurements will not be
    delayed in order to provide time for suppliers to obtain
    required security clearances.
    The Goods and Services Identification Numbers(GSINs) listed
    above as part of this NSE invocation notice areincluded solelyas
    a matter of convenience in ordertoallow forbroader dissemination
    of the notice to suppliers that have registered for this
    service/feature andshould not beconstrued in anywayas
    limitingNSE invocationonly to the goods or services
    associatedwith these GSINs.
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
    The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any
    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

    Contract duration

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    • No trade agreements are applicable to this solicitation process

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Contracting authority
    Mohammad, Hamid
    (819) 956-0510 ( )
    5C2, Place du Portage, Phase III
    11 Laurier Street
    Gatineau, Québec, K1A 0S5

    Buying organization(s)

    Shared Services Canada
    90 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, K0A 0C3
    Bidding details

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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Information
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    British Columbia
    New Brunswick
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Nova Scotia
    Northwest Territories
    Nunavut Territory
    Ontario (except NCR)
    Prince Edward Island
    Quebec (except NCR)
    National Capital Region (NCR)
    Commodity - GSIN
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