DRS is working to provide our employer partners with a more effective system to report employee retirement information. We want the new system to be easier and more flexible to better meet your needs. After identifying requirements and researching options, we are taking steps to modernize our legacy information technology systems with a new Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) development platform. The project to install the BPMS and build the new employer system is called the Employer Reporting Application (ERA) Project.
In the summer of 2015, the Legislature approved the ERA decision package and DRS immediately issued a Request for Proposal No. 16-01 to purchase a BPMS and to build ERA.
The RFP evaluation process has multiple stages (see RFP timeline below).
Reviewing and Scoring Responses
9/16/15 - 10/22/15
Demonstration, Interview and Reference Checks
10/21/15 - 11/23/15
IPS Workshop and Contract Negotiations Begins
In the last stage, the Implementation Planning Study (IPS) workshop is where we work with the bidder(s) to finalize key project documents, including the project schedule and statement of work before signing the contract. Spending this extra time on the IPS Workshop and contract negotiations will ensure the project is ready to start as soon as contract documents are signed.
In the months to come, DRS will need employer help to build and launch a successful reporting application. A sub-committee of the Employer Advisory Committee will be formed at the next meeting. As we move forward, we expect to create additional employer groups to help support specific project activities. Employer feedback is important to the success of this project.
Please contact Kim Smith, DRS Employer Support Services Manager, at 360-664-7107 if you have any questions or comments.