Pre-RFP Toolkit

The Pre-RFP Toolkit, Third Edition provides guidance in several areas critical to pre-procurement planning and readiness assessment, ranging from defining integrated justice for your community, to assessing support and governance, to developing strategic plans and project requirements. The Pre-RFP Toolkit contains links to key resources, tools, templates, and examples from seasoned practitioners and service providers experienced in the procurement process and who have implemented successful justice information sharing systems.

This third edition of the toolkit was produced by the IJIS Institute in April 2013 to better assist the practitioner community in planning for successful justice information system integration. As with previous editions, the IJIS Institute helped support toolkit planning by leveraging a technical assistance (TA) grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to support important toolkit planning, writing, and review sessions. The Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) also contributed to the funding of this effort through their procurement innovation initiative. This effort continues to be an example of the collaboration that is possible between industry and practitioners for the betterment of all participants in public safety and criminal justice.

This update was made at the request of the Justice Information Sharing Practitioners (JISP) Steering Committee in order to reflect recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Since early 2012, OJP now requires grantees to conform to the Global Standards Package (GSP) and all constituent elements where applicable, including components such as the Global Reference Architecture (GRA), Global Service Specification Packages (SSP), and Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM). DOJ's Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) encourages the use of common standards and evidence-based practices when building and enhancing justice information sharing systems and methodologies.

These revisions make this edition of the toolkit a valuable resource to enhance justice information sharing efforts across the country. In making these additions, the toolkit was also reorganized in an effort to make it flow consistent with the pre-procurement planning process. Additionally, the third edition provides updated references and refreshes standards and models that have evolved since the prior edition.

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