Update on the public sector tasks in open competition

2017.08.31 | Camilla Nissen Toftdal

Dear BIOS staff

Immediately before the summer holidays, the Ministry of the Environment and Food stated that the public service tasks will be announced in open competition once in the period until 2022. It is still very limited what we know about the process, but I want to share with you what we have heard and how we at the department management level act to prepare us to be strongest possible in the new competitive situation.

As many of you know, so far there have been open calls for public sector tasks in the veterinary field (so far DTU) and wild game contracts (so far Bioscience). The latter we have recently applied for in Bioscience through a very impressive and professional process by employees in Bioscience Kalø, Roskilde, Aarhus and DCE.

We will receive information about the next tender at the beginning of October this year, and thereafter tenders for the remaining public sector tasks, each of the order of approx. 180 million. DKK, respectively, will be announced in 2018, 2020 and 2022. AU expects to submit a proposal for the first call during the spring-summer of 2018. We still do not know whether this will be within Bioscience's professional area or primarily within the DCA area. Following the notice of a tender, the existing contract will continue to apply for three years before it can be taken over by the winner of the offer.

As described in the news from ST (http://scitech.medarbejdere.au.dk/actuelt/nyheder/vis/artikel/status-for-konkurrenceutställelse-af-godkjenningstjening/) the competition is high on the agenda in all parts of the university. In the BIOS management team we work on describing and comparing our professional competencies in relation to the activities in the existing contract with the Ministry of Environment and Food. The purpose is partly to assess whether there are areas where we lack competencies, and partly to assess our professional competence base in relation to the expected competitors.

Our application for the Ministry of Environment and Food Administration's game contract has been an important general test for the upcoming tenders. The work process and the final result illustrated that, as an organization, by virtue of our very strong and broad competencies and professionalism and great administrative support from the DCE Center Unit, we have a very good starting point for entering these tenders. The proposal for the game contract also showed that the actual application phase will require a lot of resources from the employees involved. We are aware of this and as the management it is our job to ensure that there is room for this in the employees work program.

Within the next couple of weeks, we should get the result of the competition for the game contract. It will provide us with further experience regarding the Ministry's weighting of the various parts of the offer, experiences that we will initially use in discussions about future tenders with the section leaders.

/Peter Henriksen

Bioscience institutleder
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