IT & Telecommunications Analysis

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Communications Division

California Relay Service 3

For the CPUC’s Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP), we developed a comprehensive acquisition strategic plan for California Relay Service 3 (CRS-3), a service available to all Californians who are deaf. We considered federal and State laws and regulations, the anticipated regulations and funding changes, formal input from stakeholder constituent groups, and program policies. Our work included research, graphics, and technical writing. We facilitated reviews and adoptions. We also developed a 300-page RFP for the outsourcing of multiyear, multivendor CRS-3. And we provided project development and management support throughout the procurement and implementation processes.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Communications Division

California Relay Service 2

For the CPUC’s Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP), we managed the acquisition of an outsourced California Relay Service 2 (CRS-2) based on a multiple-contractor approach with third-party call delivery and reporting. This new architecture was the first in the nation to offer both multiple competing vendors for relay service and independent third-party auditing for cost and performance compliance. We provided strategic planning; RFI and RFP development; facilitation of consumer and stakeholder involvement including development of graphics and documentation for public presentations throughout the state; facilitation of FCC support; and management of the solicitation and evaluation.

 

We led extensive facilitation of stakeholders and program staff; numerous presentations and facilitation of CPUC executive and program management; and project development and management. We acted as the authorized Procurement Official, and provided contract negotiations and award services. We developed a 300-page RFP for the outsourcing of multiyear, multivendor CRS-2. We also provided project management oversight, coordination, and assessment of vendor implementations.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Communications Division

FCC Regulatory Analysis

We provided ongoing analysis and reporting of FCC activities and regulations pertinent to the CPUC’s Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program. We advised the CPUC regarding potential program and policy changes, and provided assessment and input regarding the FCC regulatory process.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Communications Division

Database for Equipment Processing Center

For the DDTP, working with and facilitating program stakeholder representatives, we identified and defined current and new program business processes for the distribution of equipment to Californians with hearing, speech, and motion disabilities.  This included functional, technical and contractual requirements for a distributed database to support the program. We specified a database distribution system to serve multiple phone utilities and a centralized warehouse operation. We developed a complete RFP, bidding and evaluation methodology, and contract language.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Communications Division

California Relay Service

For the DDTP, we worked extensively with constituent stakeholder groups facilitating the strategic development of program policies and goals. We provided project development and management, and assessment of the program to administer its relay service. We developed and issued a technical Invitation for Bid (IFB) for outsourced California Relay Service in compliance with State and federal laws. We also provided acquisition and award planning and management services.

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Communications Division

California Relay Service 1

For the DDTP, we reviewed program mandates, defined program needs, and worked extensively with constituent stakeholder groups facilitating the strategic development of program policies and goals. We provided project development and management, and assessment of the program to administer relay services. We developed and issued an RFI and a 300-page technical RFP for outsourced relay service in compliance with State and federal laws. We also provided acquisition, award planning, and management services.
 

California Department of Technology

CALNET-3

CALNET is a critical service that provides voice and data communications to most of California’s State and local government entities. It is the State’s largest set of telecommunications and networked IT contracts, with an estimated annual value of $2 billion to multiple vendors.


For the acquisition of statewide CALNET services, we provided procurement support to acquire vendor pools for multiple categories of statewide and regional CALNET-3 services. We conducted research, facilitated key policy decisions, and designed a new RFP format that also serves as a model for future State IT procurements.


We provided formal project development and management support, and facilitated development of the 2,000-page RFP, including all business, technical and cost requirements, and special terms and conditions. We also provided technical writing and editing; preparation for publication; and procurement process and evaluation support.
 

California Department of Technology

CALNET-2

For the department’s Statewide Telecommunications and Network Division (STND) (formerly DGS Telecommunications Division), we assisted in the rebid of the State’s outsourced CALNET-2 telecommunications services. We provided analysis of the State’s RFI results; assessed federal laws, regulations and court decisions relative to program development and implementation; assessed market conditions; developed the strategy for procurement in multiple awarded modules and facilitated its adoption; contributed to public media releases; facilitated development of the RFP and its publication; and provided project management assistance during the procurement.

 

California 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Office

Statewide Strategic Plan

We managed and developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan for statewide multijurisdictional 9-1-1 systems, services, and management. Our extensive assessment of this mission-critical public program involved: extensive research; facilitation of program and administration executives; facilitation of stakeholder groups; formal assessment of multijurisdictional statewide public agencies and programs; assessment of statutes and key policies; assessment and recommendations for funding methodologies; and assessment of public agency organization, culture, and change management. We also provided expert 9-1-1 subject-matter knowledge, and technical writing.

 

We developed a 250-page public report considered by the Chief of the 9-1-1 Office and California Legislative members as outstanding. The report resulted in multiple public hearings concerning recommendations for significant changes to California 9‑1‑1 laws, management, operations, funding and technologies.

California 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Office

Fiscal and Operational Review

We facilitated strategic goals and objectives pertaining to statutorily mandated oversight of 480 statewide local jurisdiction Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for compliance with 9-1-1 operational performance and use of State funds.


We assessed State and local public agencies’ practices. We developed new compliance processes and measurements for the 9-1-1 Office to use in determining PSAP network performance levels, system configuration, and funding and fiscal accounting management. We also developed a new Fiscal and Operational Review (FOR) operations manual, including change management processes, and provided office and field training of 9-1-1 Office staff for use with local PSAP management throughout the state.
 

California 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Office

New Statewide Reporting System

The State 9-1-1 Office needed a way to measure 9-1-1 call answering times, call volumes, and other performance indicators experienced at California’s 480 Public Safety Answering Points managed by local jurisdictions throughout the state, and to create a database for analysis and reporting.  For this effort we developed strategic program goals and objectives; assessed agencies’ organizational needs and requirements; conducted research including security parameters; facilitated multijurisdictional stakeholder input; developed a technical RFO for a new statewide 9-1-1 reporting system; provided project management and procurement subject matter expertise throughout the procurement; and provided project management of the implementation including change management support in the State 9-1-1 Office and in the field at multiple PSAPs.

California 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Office

Strategic Statewide Database Planning

We provided long-range strategic planning for the State’s E9-1-1 outsourced system database services. We reviewed federal and State legislation, statutes, regulations and court orders, and tariffs and contracts. We identified operational and political issues from all public and private stakeholder groups.  We surveyed the state PSAPs for operational, technical and management conditions and issues.  We reviewed the impact of emerging technologies on the deployment of emergency services. We assessed alternative long-range plans and costs, and provided recommendations for statewide 9-1-1 database implementation and management.

California Employment Development Department (EDD)

Disability Insurance (DI) Branch Operational Improvements

We performed an assessment of the DI Branch’s business processes and their use of six statewide call centers, in order to ascertain ways to improve the Branch’s operational performance and outcomes. We conducted an extensive assessment of the Branch’s organization, culture and procedures.

 

Our work included research, project development, and management. We developed a report addressing findings; recommended change management practices including some pertaining to policies and practices; and recommended adjustments to the Branch’s communication systems. The report developed strategic and functional plans; provided practical implementation recommendations; and led to improved operations and better service to the public.

 

California Employment Development Department (EDD)

Tax Branch Operational Improvements

We performed an assessment of the Tax Branch’s various business processes and researched eight statewide call centers and two public contact lines to find ways to improve the Branch’s operational performance and outcomes. We conducted an extensive assessment of the Branch’s business organization, culture, policies and procedures.

 

We developed a report that addressed the findings, recommended change management practices including those pertaining to policies and practices, and recommended adjustments to the Branch’s communication systems. The report developed strategic and functional plans, provided practical implementation recommendations, and recommended changes in staff training and assignments.  The report was presented to EDD and Branch management, and was used to improve operations and service to the public.

 

California Employment Development Department (EDD)

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Branch Operational Improvements

We assessed the potential of new voice-activated technologies to improve UI operations and the public’s experience. We researched the Branch’s operational processes for continued-claims processing, and facilitated definition of business requirements. We also facilitated development of no-cost vendor contracts for testing purposes, and the pilot system design. We developed call-flow scripts and the testing process. We provided project management support throughout. We also developed a report assessing the testing of emerging technologies in support of a program redesign of the Branch’s continued-claims process.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Statewide Network Assessment

We developed an analysis of the migration of the Office’s statewide education data network (4CNet), which served 108 community colleges, to a newer joint-venture outsourced educational network (CENIC). Our work included an assessment of the community colleges’ use of networked services for educational and administrative purposes, and forecasting of online and on-demand remote learning.

 

We presented and facilitated ongoing findings to a steering committee. We also provided research, policy reviews, and assessment; project management support; and recommendations for implementation.

 

California Department of Public Health

Communications Design for Richmond Laboratory

We defined the communication needs in support of mandates, program goals and operations for the new 60-acre California Public Health Laboratory in Richmond. This laboratory is a biosafety level-4-equivalent to the federal Centers for Disease Control labs.

 

We examined voice, data, and video communication needs, and compared PBX and Centrex voice services. We researched and assessed communication requirements of the then-current laboratory in Berkeley, and the mandated statewide reporting between public and private health organizations and the laboratory. We provided project management support throughout. We were also retained to review communications engineering designs and recommend improvements.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW)

Marine Region Business Process Analysis

The Marine Region involves DFW’s operations overseeing the resources of California’s coastal waters. We performed an in-depth business process analysis and a strategic assessment for sharing of biological and other Marine Region data among all DFW and external stakeholders. Our work included extensive field research and facilitation of goals, objectives and functional requirements.  We also assessed federal and State laws and policies, and Marine Region policies and practices concerning information and data flows. We recommended changes to the technical and operational environment, and to key policies. We also gave presentations of findings and recommendations with detailed graphics and implementation concepts.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW)

FSR for Automated Licensing Data System

For the Licensing and Revenue Branch, we conducted a feasibility study for the establishment of a networked (Internet and public network) licensing, accounting and revenue-collection system via outsourced service providers. We developed a Feasibility Study Report (FSR) and related Budget Change Proposal (BCP). We also provided strategic planning and facilitation, technical writing, and new funding models.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW)

FSR for Marine Biology Division

We performed a feasibility study and wrote a Feasibility Study Report (FSR) for a networked database system for the Division. We facilitated new strategic goals, objectives and functional requirements among departmental stakeholders. We also researched and assessed the Division’s policies and practices relative to law, to the management of marine natural resources, and to the new goals and objectives. We provided project development and management expertise. The FSR was approved and the project was funded.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW)

FSR for Bay-Delta and Special Water Projects Division

We performed a feasibility study and wrote a Feasibility Study Report (FSR) for networked automation at the Division. We assessed all the Division biologists’ natural resources projects and how those projects could change with networked data sharing. The FSR was approved and the project was funded.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

FSR for Statewide Data Network

We developed a Feasibility Study Report (FSR) for control agency approval and funding for a new $55 million statewide data network and establishment of associated department-wide office automation standards. We assessed alternatives, developed the report, and facilitated control agency approval, including approval by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Highway Right-of-Way Strategies

We researched and assessed laws and regulations pertaining to the use of fiber optic pathways along State highways to be shared with third-party vendors. We advised Caltrans on right-of-way policy and acquisition strategies for multivendor participation, and participated in agency/vendor discussions regarding needs and strategies.

California Highway Patrol (CHP)

Cellular 9-1-1 Program Assessment

We performed a total program evaluation of CHP’s cellular 9-1-1 and freeway callbox multijurisdictional program operations. We researched existing conditions; statutes, regulations, and rules; court and attorney general opinions; interagency agreements and relationships; contracts; policies; procedures; and existing technologies and networks.

 

We researched existing staffing; training; and management practices and policies. We also determined existing levels of service; researched budgets and costs; and researched public opinion and awareness.

 

We facilitated definition of missions, goals, and objectives. We developed a complete needs analysis and defined the scope and extent of existing problems. We provided extensive and detailed recommendations toward total program improvement, including changes in statutes and regulations; funding; staffing and organization; training; hardware, software and networking; policies and procedures; and public education.

California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement

FSR for Gun Registration

For the Attorney General’s Office, in response to a legislative mandate, we facilitated the completion of a Feasibility Study Report (FSR) for an outsourced statewide long-gun registration and fee-collection system. We reviewed and facilitated goals and objectives, and an alternative solution, with constituent stakeholders including gun dealer organizations, the NRA, and others.

 

We developed a design that would not use State funds. We assisted in the system design and pilot project. We recommended alternative procurement for shared revenue/risk with outsourced development, deployment and operations. We also assisted in developing an RFP for the procurement including contract terms and conditions.

 

The system was approved, funded and implemented. The solution received the Smithsonian Award for vision and creativity.

California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board

Special Project Report

We researched contractor and program failures of a three-year implementation attempt (one year and $2 million over budget) to provide a statewide networked custom application for court scheduling, email, word processing, forms, and reporting. We researched and assessed the Board’s organization, mandates, policies, culture, and requirements for change.

 

We consulted with the Board and the California Department of General Services’ Office of Legal Services to review Board options. We facilitated and guided the Board to a solution that resulted in terminating the contractor and acquiring a system from another state that met all functional requirements. The solution resulted in an overall cost of $1 million less than budgeted, and brought the project back on schedule. We also wrote a Special Project Report (SPR) for submittal to the Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

California Department of Veterans Affairs

Strategic Planning for a Hospital Information System

We facilitated and developed strategic planning and contract language, including goals and objectives, for the design and acquisition of a hospital information system at the California Veterans Home in Yountville. The system was based on alternative procurement concepts of shared State/vendor responsibility, risk, and funding.

California Department of Insurance

Strategic Planning for IT and Communications

We facilitated formal strategic and tactical planning for departmental IT operations, and for voice, video and data communication systems. We assessed IT operational capabilities and assisted with new mission, goals, objectives, and policies. We made recommendations for change management and implementation. We developed interagency contract documents and delegated-authority documentation for submission to control agencies.

Bell Canada/Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Video Relay Service Feasibility Study

We conducted a comprehensive study of the feasibility of outsourcing Video Relay Service (VRS) for all Canadians who use sign language as their primary communication. The study included research of policy and law; cultural and organizational assessments; extensive presentations; interviews and facilitation of multiple stakeholder groups across Canada; assessment of potential demand and costs, funding, and vendor reimbursement methodologies; program management options, recommendations and policies; and initial and ongoing program design, implementation, and management recommendations.

 

The 800-page report in English and French was published by the CRTC in April 2012. After national public input, in April 2014 the CRTC ordered national VRS, adopting all of Mission Consulting’s recommendations, including establishing a new program administration with a $30 million annual budget.

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