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Deadline Is Thursday for CalOES Cloud Tool Proposals

“A cloud solution is preferred, and relevant CalOES technologies include Microsoft 365, Azure AD, Esri, Salesforce, Mulesoft, Tableau, Docusign, GovDelivery, SendGrid. MFA (multi-factor authentication) is being enabled, and multiple SSO implementations have been deployed.”

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Thursday morning is the deadline for vendors to submit proposals to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) for a cloud-based “comprehensive and visual solution to improve our understanding of emergency incidents for our staff.”

The solicitation is for a comprehensive solution to replace a system called SCOUT, “a Web-based command and control environment for small to large to extreme scale incidents that facilitates collaboration across Federal, Tribal, Military, State, County and Local/Municipal levels of preparedness, planning, response and recovery for all-risk/all-hazard events,” according to an online overview of the system. 

The solicitation “is intended to present an overview of the transition of SCOUT to a new solution called NEXT-GEN SCOUT.”  

The tool must provide the following:

  • A common operating picture (COP) that allows for the contribution of data and analytics from and sharing of information with various public and private organizations.
  • The ability to display multiple incidents simultaneously.
  • Must operate in an all-hazard environment.
  • Must provide a modern and easy-to-use user experience.
  • Field workers with spotty/or no Internet coverage must be able to use the application and have a synchronizing capability (store-and-forward) with no loss of data.
  • Provide access controls for varied users: first responders, emergency managers, utilities, private and public organizations including government agencies such as, CAL FIRE, National Weather Service, FEMA, US Forest Service, Coast Guard and Tribal.
In addition, the online solicitation notes: “A cloud solution is preferred, and relevant CalOES technologies include Microsoft 365, Azure AD, Esri, Salesforce, Mulesoft, Tableau, Docusign, GovDelivery, SendGrid. MFA (multi-factor authentication) is being enabled, and multiple SSO implementations have been deployed.”

The specs include a long list of specific requirements addressing functionality and security. Among the security requirements is compliance with Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Version 2.0.

This will be a challenge-based procurement, with a budget that’s yet to be determined.

Applications are being accepted online until 10 a.m. Thursday.

 

Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.