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CEG RFP

The CEG RFP wiki? was at seedwiki.com? titled procrustes RFP(external link). An ECG RFP? by contrast is an RFP? that reflects ECG standard?s. Please move all its documentation to the links below.

Civic Efficiency Group, a team composed of members of the global Efficient Civics Guild, a sustainable trades cooperative organization, used this wiki to assemble very large RFP question?s and lobbying in public. This preceded the use of LivingPlatform.CA itself and openpolitics.ca itself for such work. No support for systematic questioning of signal infrastructure decisions in the public interest was ever identified, so the work went dormant.

lobbying and research in 2003


The underlying capital asset model and regret model? applied in CEG RFP analysis for Toronto was not new. David Miller in early 2003, at 10 per cent in the polls and a very long shot for Mayor, received a paper on 'Toronto's real capital'(external link) by Craig Hubley which applied his six-style capital asset model(external link) for the first time to a major city's problems, albeit on only three pages.

The RFP work applied related research on economics and signal infrastructure: Micro-economics research on on how the widely-abused term 'human capital' could be made more operational(external link), a focused literature search that covered the dozen major figures theorizing about intangibles(external link) and a brief analysis of how Hubley's model related to others(external link), and also some on macro-economics and the value of life(external link), led Hubley to the conclusion that a global industry in healthy telecom(external link) would develop and that the logical pioneers of it were Green Parties(external link). The work was applied to public accounts reform(external link) and led to followups noted below.

CEG RFP work in 2004


Toronto Computer RFP


In 2004-11 the Toronto Desktop Computer RFP legal analysis? was complete and had been presented to Toronto Admin committee? in October.

Analysis was also mostly complete regarding Toronto Desktop Computer RFP technical analysis? and had been presented to Toronto eCity committee?.

On November 22, 2004, the eCity accepted the CEG recommendation to include the municipal role in emergency response as part of its mandate, since such response is totally dependent on mobile services for government? and may fail if proper consideration is not paid to the reliance on (for instance) PDA phones and the sophisticated services they need to work at all.

Key CEG Toronto operations? open question?s remained regarding desktop best practice?s proposed by Toronto Desktop Computer RFP vendor?s:
  • Toronto desktop installation?,
  • Toronto desktop re-imaging?,
  • Toronto desktop cascading? and
  • Toronto desktop thin client? relation to the Toronto desktop boot image?

At the Toronto Admin committee 2004-04-26?, the right to disclose Toronto RFP? documents was hotly debated. The result was abhorrent and identified several Toronto City Council incumbents for CEG to try to defeat in the Toronto municipal election, 2006. In effect, Toronto City staff? had denied Council the right to review any documents whatsoever except by Councillors under their supervision, which was useless, as Councillors do not have the expertise.

municipal software


There were also more speculative elements analyzed with respect to mobile services for government?. Several proof of concept? and systems integration? projects were presented as drafts for consideration for inclusion in some future RFP. It is unclear what influence they had:
  • embedded OS? analysis for CEG Toronto Handsfree Proof of Concept?, e.g. mobile Linux? for worn devices leading to community emergency response team support.
  • accessible Linux? evaluated for CEG Toronto Telework Proof of Concept? leading to diskless operation? at home to handle:
    • City of Toronto data format?s and end user application?s;
    • Open Source and Share Alike software available to process these data formats, replace or augment these applications.
    • other diskless operation options under WindowsXP? and Linux?, e.g. Knoppix?, SuSE Linux? for common Toronto NOC? processes

municipal lobbying failed


A lobbying plan? for the 2004 Toronto Computer Bid? process was also developed there as an open campaign.

The final deliverable on this plan was the Toronto Admin committee 2005-04-26? deputation? to require access to sections 5.5, 6., 8., 9., 10. and 12. from the 2004 Toronto Computer Bid?, from all nine participating vendors. This was defeated despite Mike Del Grande?'s heroic advocacy.

federal lobbying partly succeeded


The lobbying experienced strongly influenced the subsequent input to the federal New Deal for Cities and Federation of Canadian Municipalities, including the following:

John Godfrey was the only sitting MP to see all three, and indicated strong support for the work and gratitude to receive it - elements of the recommendations did show up in the Canadian federal budget, 2005.

international lobbying partly succeeded


Using the 6C as their guide, Godfrey, Elio Di Iorio, the Mayor of Montreal, Erin Shapero, Kate Holloway and others set to strengthen best practice exchange, moral purchasing, monetary reform, green tax shift and international trade considerations in the World Mayors and Municipal Leaders declaration on Climate Change, 2005-12-07, a UN ICLEI sponsored agreement. Clauses 2.6, 3.4 and 4.3 of that agreement reflect their profound influence.

may have benefitted GPC


At that meeting Di Iorio and Holloway also met Elizabeth May. The effectiveness and discipline of the effort may have convinced her that the Green Party of Canada had at least some good lobbyists and talented politician?s.

ECG work


During the CEG process of 2004-5, there was some work to advance ECG analysis to support specific recommendations:

This work is now wholly embedded in openpolitics.ca itself and is marked as pages by Efficient Civics Guild..

implications for Canada


Hubley summarized the implications for Canadian public accounts reform? which had grown from his earlier work in this area(external link), the CEG work, and experience on political party governance problems. The open letter from Craig Hubley re Federal Accountability Act? was the final result.

for developing nations


Other work on poorer nations' problems(external link) including the Sahana ontology? of late 2006 were influenced also by this work. These were also consolidating as of 2006-11 into the living ontology project.



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