There are a lot of ways regulations and guidelines can affect the various agencies and branches that make up a government. In Doc's experience, one size does not fit all. Yet often purchasing of goods and services is done by a centralized agency in the hopes that volume buying will bring about lower prices.
This is all great until products and services start getting shoved on people who don't really want or need them. This is particularly true for consulting and related services, which may or may not fit the needs of each group in the government structure.
So I was interested to read at CIO Magazine about Australia's take on the process. Sounds like they may have it right – bring the benefits of big government to purchasing, but let each agency make their own choices from a variety of vendors.
The Department of Finance and Deregulation has announced the formulation of its Managed Print Services Panel as part of its overall push to whole-of-government ICT procurement.
The panel will provide 'major office machine' or MOMs services on a per impression fee basis to meet agencies' operational needs. The panel also covers the deployment and maintaining of equipment owned by service providers and consumables.
Organizations selected for the panel include CSG Enterprise Print Services, Canon Australia, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia, and Ricoh Australia.
The MOMs panel follows the April announcement of an Equipment and Support Panel for maintenance and consumables for devices including network printers, multi-function devices, and scanners.