The Drupal Services Panel (DSP)
The Drupal Services Panel was established in 2017 to help Australian government agencies procure development partners to manage and support their Drupal-based websites.
The initial DSP expired on 30 June 2021. The Department of Finance established a new whole-of-government GovCMS DSP, which is envisaged to run to 30 June 2024. Suppliers of the initial DPS, such as Salsa, were required to submit a new tender response to qualify for the new panel.
Salsa’s new panel application
Unfortunately, Salsa did not fully comply with the application for the new panel. In the spirit of transparency, Salsa’s application omitted a mandatory requirement , a statement of tax record. This omission was an accidental oversight. We wrongly assumed detailed financial records, those used for the purpose of tax reconciliation, were sufficient to fulfil the requirement. While the original panel submission did allow detailed financial records to be used in the absence of an ATO-approved statement of tax record, the new panel submission considered the absence of such record as a non-compliant response.
Consequently, and sadly, Salsa Digital is not part of the new and current DSP. And we have no means to offer new services from the DSP moving forward until the next round in 2024.
It was a really silly mistake, which we regret.
Implications for new DSP contracts
Salsa Digital can’t provide DSP services to agencies because we’re no longer on the DSP. Agencies can however use other suppliers on the panel or procure Salsa’s services by other methods.
Other Salsa service procurement
The DTA Digital Marketplace
The covers a range of digital deliverables including digital services. We’ve been , and have signed up to the Master Service Agreement (MSA) to streamline the contracting process. All government agencies (federal, state and local) can access this marketplace. Agencies may procure Salsa services using the DTA’s Digital Marketplace.
Another method of procuring Salsa services is direct procurement. Under this model the agency contracts Salsa directly for services usually under the terms of a statement of work.
The Department of Finance has also made direct procurement simpler for agencies with their official online tool. The CCS is an interactive suite of forms designed to assist Commonwealth Government procurement agencies prepare documentation and streamline the procurement process. The suite will walk through steps to prepare final contract documentation inline with government procurement policy.
If considering direct procurement please ensure to consult with your relevant state/territory procurement rules and guidelines and relevant procurement team to determine if a direct approach is appropriate.
Salsa’s GovCMS community pledge
While Salsa is deeply remorseful that we can’t provide services to agencies via the new DSP, we’re committed to helping the GovCMS community. As such, Salsa provides a giveback to DoF/GovCMS for any GovCMS work we execute that’s sourced from procurements other than the GovCMS DSP.
What this means exactly, Salsa will commit to giving back 3% of any project hours of a GovCMS project to benefit the GovCMS community. Salsa will offer professional service hours to DoF/GovCMS directly to further develop the GovCMS product to benefit all agencies using GovCMS.
In making this pledge Salsa will be transparent with the source agency and GovCMS on how these hours are invested by maintaining on our Salsa website. The giveback register is a record of the contribution made by Salsa on behalf of the GovCMS community, attributed to our agency client.
Note that our existing 20% GovCMS community open source giveback pledge also remains. As part of our commitment to open government and open source, Salsa offers 20% credit for any new and/or enhanced features (e.g. modules or themes) that we build for your agency and contribute back to the GovCMS community.
Salsa Digital’s take
We take full responsibility for submitting a non-compliant DSP renewal submission. It’s with regret that we direct agencies to other procurement methods to engage Salsa services. While disappointed in the outcome (and yes, we explored many options to have the decision reconsidered including the provision, subsequently, of a valid statement of tax record) Salsa is committed to helping government agencies and giving back to the GovCMS community. Our GovCMS community pledge is a practical commitment to contributing back to the GovCMS community.