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Preparing For & Mitigating Information Technology Disruption During Emergencies

The NYS Forum IT Procurement Workgroup hosted an event entitled "Preparing for & Mitigating Information Technology Disruption during Emergencies" on December 20th, 2016.  The event proved to be a constructive and informative presentation lead by staff from the NYS Office of General Services, the Office of the State Comptroller, and the Town of Mamaroneck. The interactive, half-day event walked attendees through the local government perspective, best practices, and how to plan ahead to procure IT equipment and other emergency supplies. Presentations concentrated on understanding more about how to prepare information technology equipment and services for emergencies.

The group of experts led an engaging presentation to a group of roughly 100 attendees (in person and on web). Mark Stevens - Office of the State Comptroller kicked off the event with a general overview of the competitive procurement process for local governments and the requirements to place a competitive bid, the exceptions that apply, and questions from the audience about their own procurement policies and procedures.
Rosalind Cimino - Town of Mamaroneck followed up with a review of how budgets shape particular projects and how one budgets a project isn?t necessary how one would purchase. This was from a local government perspective.
Sean Carroll - NYS Chief Procurement Officer, Office of General Services, and his team from OGS concluded the event by giving an overview of the OGS Procurement Services, defining what is and is not an emergency, procurements to help plan for emergency response, and IT procurement options.

Following the presentation, there was an active and dynamic Q&A/Open Discussion session involving those in person and on the webex. The event was extremely constructive and turned into an invigorating and captivating exchange of information and ideas providing much food for thought and plans for action

Pictures taken at the event may be viewed on our facebook page:

Thanks to all of those who attended and presented.