CASA re-advertises regulatory IT tender

Now seeking broader range of suppliers

The Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) has decided to widen the supplier net for its regulatory IT system expression of interest (EOI) tender. The agency's first attempt at securing a solution closed in September.

Department documents state CASA had decided to alter the conditions for participation to seek a broader range of suppliers for the regulatory system.

“Suppliers who submitted an expression of interest that was compliant do not need to submit a new response to this EOI,” department documents read.

“The new conditions for participation are that the offering is currently in use in a regulatory environment and the supplier can demonstrate this solution on five days notice in Canberra, ACT or by webcast.”

CASA is replacing its Aviation Industry Regulatory System (AIRS) to save costs.

AIRS went into production in 2005 and is a central repository for information on individuals, companies and permissions associated with CASA’s core customer base. Since than, CASA has added small systems to the IT environment, but these have increased costs and complexity of the IT architecture.

CASA is now looking to replace the AIRS system with an off-the-shelf replacement that still allows the agency to internally develop required applications. The system would also allow the department to configure software to provide on-screen alerts at critical processing points to ensure all business rules for items such as licence processing are enacted.

“The software must be able to support CASA’s interactions with its clients including licensing processing, aircraft register processing, medical records and online examinations," documents from the department read.

The authority also requires an application programming interface (API) that allows integration with other business applications to create, read, update and delete client information. Audit trails to track changes to sensitive data fields are also needed.

The new deadline for replies is January 10, 2011.

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