ATO searches for SaaS procurement solution

The Australian Taxation Office has gone to tender for a software-as-a-service solution that will be used to manage and procure contractors.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has gone to tender seeking to procure and implement a technology-based solution that will assist the business to manage and procure contractors.

Listed on the AusTender website, the ATO said that it is after a web-accessible software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that will allow it to "facilitate more efficient and effective procurement and lifecycle management of its contingent labour workforce and statement of work engagements".

The ATO noted that existing solutions in the market are typically referred to as vendor management systems.

Due to be decided by mid December 2014, the ATO said the successful tenderer will be awarded a three-year contract valued from AU$1.1 million to AU$1.9 million.

The ATO's hunt for a cloud-based solution coincidentally falls under the Australian Department of Finance's recently updated cloud computing policy , which has mandated that government agencies must adopt cloud computing services when their systems are due for a refresh.

As a whole, the Australian government has been taking baby steps into using cloud technology within government. Last month, the government rolled back the need for dual ministerial approval process that was previously required when a government agency wanted to move their IT infrastructure offshore.

At the same time, the Department of Finance listed a request for tender recently for suppliers interested in helping the government establish a whole-of-government cloud services panel . It will provide a non-mandatory procurement mechanism for agencies to access cloud services, including software, platform, and infrastructure as a service, and special cloud services, without the need for a full approach to market.

Earlier this year, the ATO joined part of the commonwealth's myGov portal, which now enables Australians to complete their tax returns using a myGov account as authentication. Users can also use the online services to track superannuation, pay debts, and check the progress of tax returns.