State Housing Entity Researches Information About Potential New Computer System



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The public entity responsible for promoting safe and affordable housing and vibrant, sustainable communities is seeking information from IT providers for a new online system.

In a Information request (RFI) published on Friday, California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). and allow customers and partners to submit registrations, payments, transfers of ownership, requests and reports online. Among the takeaways:

  • HCD needs a public portal capable of providing self-service to “clients and partners” to complete online registration, payments, transfers of ownership, requests and reports. It should also allow people to submit building permit applications, payments and documents for plan review and inspection requests. The portal must in particular allow people to submit requests and supporting documents for the operation of mobile home parks, special purpose parks and housing permits for employees. It must also be able to process applications and renewals of professional licenses, requests from providers of training courses; let third-party agencies submit reports electronically; and integrates with the Automated Codes and Standards System (CASAS) database.
  • The context of the project, according to RFI, is that “Codes and Standards proposes to provide new online services to streamline business processes and increase automation of processing.” Existing business processes, he said, are outdated and largely paper-based, with documents being submitted in person, by mail and, in some cases, by email. However, these same documents then have to be processed by staff and the data entered manually into the CASAS app – incomplete or illegible examples that need to be sent back to customers and further delay the workflow. The process of sending permit applications and work cards, the RFI said, can create “significant delays in communication between permit holders and field inspectors assigned to the inspection” – the data inspection to, again, be entered manually. “Online services would allow real-time corrections of applications as needed; current processes require corrections to be made to paper forms, further delaying permit issuance and inspection times, ”said RFI, indicating a similar need for the professional licensing process for resellers, vendors, mobile home distributors, course providers and manufacturers. and “business modules”.
  • General system requirements include the ability for external users and codes and standards staff to collaborate electronically on document changes and approvals, the ability for users to resume partially registered transaction applications, and the ability to opt-out. integrate into the existing registration system. A new home portal must be able to offer a user dashboard specific to the activities of the user account; offer information on the list of residents; provide users with a dashboard with transaction details and history; and enable downloads of PDF, JPG, Microsoft Word and other formats. The internal reception / CAAS portal should show successful transactions, assign tracking numbers to incoming requests, and enable online payment between staff, third parties and customers. The internal CASAS aspects of any system must be able to provide certification requests and fees to third parties required by regulations for certification; activate user corrections; allow users to view and print reports in various formats; let staff verify data and reports from “third party agencies and their manufacturing customers”; and fill in the report data directly in CASAS. Electronic signature and online payment capabilities are also required.
  • The estimated value and duration of the contract is not indicated. The main objective of the RFI is to obtain information on market conditions and to collect information on the availability of goods or services that can meet the needs of the state. This information “can be used to develop alternatives for consideration and can be used to estimate costs” associated with the potential acquisition of a system. The responses can also help develop and finalize requirements, analyze market research, and help HCD identify solutions and alternatives. Questions about the RFI are due before 5 p.m. Friday, and answers will arrive by 5 p.m. on November 17. Responses to the RFI are expected before 5 p.m. on November 24.


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