Further to these posts,
Anyone Really Expect the National Shipbuilding Strategy to Go Smoothly?
[note earlier MERX listing seeking help]
this listing by Public Works and Government Services Canada at the government’s MERX contracts site convinces me that the government is hardly up either to carrying out the “Strategy“. I can see no way the planned vessels will be built on budget or time:
RFI - THIRD PARTY EXPERT ASSISTANCE
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to request that interested companies provide feedback and recommendations by way of written response to the questions posed in the RFI document (please order the associated component; see the link above). The questions posed are regarding a potential solicitation for the provision of Independent Third Party expertise and support to Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) project offices.
Over the coming years, Canada will need to negotiate and manage several contracts under NSPS: ancillary contracts for understanding the ship design, engineering contracts for maturing the ship design, and build contracts for building and delivering the ships. In anticipation of these contracts, Canada has identified key areas where the support of an Independent Third Party Expert would help ensure that Canada achieves the most equitable, effective, and robust contracts possible, which contain acceptable levels of risk and provide value for money. Key areas identified include benchmarking of industry norms, shipbuilding expertise, and complex negotiation support. The knowledge and expertise provided by PWGSC and the Independent Third Party Expert would not overlap. Rather, the Third Party’s contributions would supplement PWGSC’s knowledge and expertise in these areas…
Help! Indeed. And this encourages one to think things must be fairly smelly:
Government won’t share winning shipbuilding bids with budget officer
Why the PBO is interested (and why the government is almost certainly running scared, what with the F-35 in mind), from this August:
See also the latter part of this post, and “Comments”, for the RCN:
Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger
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