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Aussie police hiring 'upright' SAP programmers

The Australian Federal Police is seeking a provider for advanced developments to its SAP system, and only thoroughly law-abiding programmers need apply.
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Written by Marcus Browne on

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is seeking a provider for advanced developments to its SAP system, and only thoroughly law-abiding programmers need apply.

The national law enforcement agency has issued a Request for Tender (RFT), due to close next week, seeking a development firm or consortium to provide application programming services and personnel to work on substantial enhancements to its SAP system.

According to the RFT description, the AFP requires specialists to develop new functions for the Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) and Enterprise Portal capabilities of its SAP Web Dynpro platform.

While the force does not specify that the services should be provided by a single vendor, it does stipulate that any consortium hoping to be awarded the tender must propose its contract as "one separate legal entity".

Documents accompanying the RFT state that the AFP will select a tenderer to provide development services "for an initial period of three years".

An AFP spokesperson declined to provide any details on the upgrades the force hopes to implement, or how much the contract could be worth when contacted by ZDNet Australia, saying that it would compromise ongoing negotiations.

The AFP will require that employees provided by the successful tenderer undergo an extensive security check, as well as signing a detailed confidentiality agreement, in accordance with the conditions of full-time AFP employees.

Contracted employees will also be subject to an initial drug test before being allowed to perform services for the AFP, with the possibility of ongoing random drug testing.

According to a draft services agreement attached to the RFT, such personnel will be granted a "highly protected" AFP security clearance level.

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