Report 2016-129 Recommendation 7 Responses

Report 2016-129: K-12 High Speed Network: Improved Budgeting, Greater Transparency, and Increased Oversight Are Needed to Ensure That the Network Is Providing Reliable Services at the Lowest Cost to the State (Release Date: May 2017)

Recommendation #7 To: Imperial County Office of Education

To provide as many options for network upgrades as possible and to help ICOE provide the most cost-effective upgrade options without risking its eligibility for subsidies, ICOE should adopt the practice of requesting bids at all feasible levels of capacity upgrades as opposed to only those levels that represent a tenfold increase in circuit capacity.

60-Day Agency Response

As evidenced by the attached Request for Proposals, Exhibit D, for circuits being considered for potential installation, bids are being requested at all feasible levels. This is true both for circuits which are approaching their expiration date and are therefore in need of replacement, as well as for circuits experiencing congestion or nearing saturation for which increased capacity is being evaluated.

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented

ICOE provided us with its current K12HSN bidding documents that include requests for pricing information from service providers at all levels of network capacity.

All Recommendations in 2016-129

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.