Secretary of State Seeks Vendors

Secretary of State seeks vendors that can deliver on a new computer system for driver and vehicle files
–Request for Proposal requires experience, finished project in other jurisdiction 

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is seeking a new vendor to build a computer system to replace one that’s been in place since the 1960s that serves offices around the state.

The new contract is needed after the state of Michigan sued Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPE) because it failed to deliver on a $49 million contract despite having 10 years to complete the project.

“We’re looking for a vendor to do what HP could not do:  Deliver,” Johnson explained. “Companies bidding for the contract will be required to show that they have an efficient, successful and proven system up and running for both driver and vehicle files.”

A new system will ensure accountability to taxpayers and allow Secretary of State staff to better serve customers because they’ll have easier access to both driver and vehicle records. It also will allow law enforcement to get information in real time and the department to implement legislative changes much more quickly. A new system will provide employees a better, faster and much more efficient system that is more customer-friendly.

The new contract is also expected to require an independent contractor to monitor and verify what’s produced throughout the project, and vendors won’t get paid until they deliver.

A request for proposal was issued today with proposals from interested companies expected back by Oct. 25. Details of the RFP are available at

More information about the current failed contract is available herehere and here.

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