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DMV Starts Clock for Vendors' Proposed Solutions

The agency is giving vendors about two weeks to submit their concepts. After vetting, some will be invited to make their product pitch to state officials and venture capitalists.

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles started the clock Thursday for vendors who want a chance to help the agency overhaul its IT equipment and processes. The timetable:

  • By Friday, the DMV will publish a web link where vendors may submit their concepts or solutions for several key DMV challenges.
  • Submissions are due by Nov. 1.
  • Vendors whose ideas meet the DMV’s criteria for “relevance, executability and viability” will be notified during the week of Nov. 4 and invited to a Vendor Pitch Day.
  • Vendor Pitch Days will be held during the week of Nov. 11. Each invited vendor will have 15 minutes to pitch their solution to a panel of state government leaders and venture capitalists.
The needs for which vendors are being asked to provide solutions include:

  • Manage Real ID demand
  • Optimize service delivery
  • Improve back-office operations
  • Define a technology roadmap from now to the future
The timeline was unveiled Thursday at DMV Vendor Day, where new DMV Director Steve Gordon was among those who addressed the 100-plus people in attendance. Techwire will have additional coverage of that event in coming days.

Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.