PCC Board set to drop $4.7 mil for computer contractors at Thursday’s Meeting

By Bridge Staff|August 17, 2015News|

Three contract extensions, for a total of $4,726,000 will be voted on by the PCC Board of Directors at their next meeting, Thursday evening. All of the contracts have to do with the Network Redesign Project (NRP) which aims to upgrade the college’s computer network, and provide security measures to protect it.  The network has been a sore spot in college operations for years.

The biggest contract being considered is with a computer hardware and security company, Six Degrees, which is a vendor for Checkpoint Products. Checkpoint provides hardware for network security to block “malicious traffic” and also will train the PCC Network team, and provide five years of maintenance. Layla Otey, the buyer for PCC’s Technology Solutions Services (TSS) prepared the proposal, which calls for $410,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 and $140,00 for Fiscal Year 2017, but then jumps to an astonishing $1,172,000 for each of Fiscal Year 2018, 2019, and 2020. If approved, the total amount over five years will be $4,066,000.  All of this money will come from the general fund.

Right Systems Inc, a software company was hired to update the colleges computer network, is seeking an increase of $225,000 over the $575,000 awarded to the company to date. Avelina Gulmatico, the Procurement Director of the PCC Bond program wrote the board that the migration to the new system will “take significantly longer because the legacy network contains more design flaws than originally discovered.” This money will come from the bond fund.

Another contractor working on the Network Redesign Project, Virtual Information Executives, is also asking for $275,000 more, in addition to the $1,331,000 they have been awarded to date.  Their role will be to continue as project managers for this work. They will also be supplying an acting Chief Information Officer for $110,000 until that position is permanently filled.  So far for this company, $628,000 has been paid by the bond, but the balance of $1,038,000 will come from the college’s general fund.

All of these contracts were recommended for approval to the board. If passed, they will dwarf the $300,000 in severance pay awarded to former President Jeremy Brown.

The next meeting of the PCC Board of Directors is scheduled for Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 pm at the College Center (CC) of the Sylvania Campus, in Conference Rooms A and B.  Those who wish to speak to the board about any item on the agenda, including these contracts, can sign up to speak (about five minutes each) before the meeting begins at 7:30.  The full agenda for the meeting can be found at http://www.pcc.edu/about/administration/board/agendas/2015-08-20.pdf

The public is also welcome to attend/observe any “Work Session” of the Board although they do not have a provision for public comment. There will be Work Sessions this week from  5-6pm on Thursday (in the Oak & Elm Rooms in the CC Building at Sylvania Campus), and at 10am-2pm on Friday at the Jackson Estate located at 8005 S.W. Grabhorn Rd. in Beaverton.

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