New Zealand Government Procurement has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) through the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS). The RFP gives respondents the opportunity to join the new All-of-Government (AoG) External Legal Services (ELS) provider panel. The RFP will close 2:00pm 22 November 2023.
This generation of our AoG ELS panel aims to shift the focus away from a single, intensive RFP process. Instead, it focuses on performance and effectiveness during service delivery. We want to make it easier for respondents by reducing the administrative effort required to respond to this RFP, compared to previous generations of this contract.
Once the new contract is underway, mid 2024, agencies will survey how providers are performing in a way that mirrors the performance criteria in the RFP.
We are seeking a way to demonstrate greater transparency during the contract’s life, while we use data to foster high performance and make things easier for everyone in the longer term. For example, the overview of provider performance will allow agencies to make more informed purchasing decisions. The spend of taxpayer dollars, underpinned by solid performance data, will also help New Zealand Government Procurement contract management. Providers that achieve a solid performance rating during the contract’s life may not even need to respond to future RFPs but be invited to join any new ELS panel.
The following areas of law are in scope of the new contract:
- Banking and finance
- Corporate and commercial
- Environment and resource management
- Health and safety
- Other (health/medical, immigration)
New Zealand Government Procurement will be holding a potential provider webinar a week after the RFP is posted on GETS.