Request for Proposal: State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) Security Audit

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and the Center for Employment Security Education Research (CESER) are seeking to contract with a vendor to conduct an Information Technology Security Audit of the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) following the National Institute of Standards and Technology security guidelines. NASWA/CESER administers SIDES through an agreement with the US Department of Labor.

SIDES is a private data center hosted web-based system that allows electronic transmission of information requests, inclusive of PII data, from Unemployment Insurance (UI) agencies to employers and/or Third-party Administrators (TPAs), as well as transmission of replies containing the requested information back to the UI agencies. Note Many employers choose to use a service or TPA to assist with Unemployment Insurance Compensation claims filing and their UI tax reporting responsibilities.

RFP: State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) Security Audit (.pdf)
RFP: State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) Security Audit (.doc)

Addendum A (8/20/2018) : Change to Q&A Deadline to 8/21/2018
Addendum B (8/24/2018): Change to Q&A Responses Date and Proposal Deadline
Addendum C (8/27/2018): Change to Q&A Responses and Proposal Deadline
Addendum D (8/28/28): Change Propsal Deadline to September 10, 2018

Bidders Webinar Recording (8/20/2018)
(Official Responses to Questions presented during the webinar will be posted on 8/24 below)


Important Dates

RFP Issued Date: August 13, 2018

Bidders Webinar: August 20, 2018; 3:00 PM ET 

Question and Comments Deadline: August 21, 2018; 5:00 PM ET

Proposal Submission Date: August 31 September 10, 2018; 5:00 PM ET to


UPDATE 10/17: Changes to Timeline are in Red below.




(all dates are NASWA business days)

RFP Issued              Monday 8/13/18
Bidders Webinar 3:00 p.m. Monday 8/20/18
Written “Questions & Comments” 5:00 p.m. Monday 8/20/18
Tuesday 8/21/18
Response to Written “Questions & Comments”

Friday 8/24/18
Tuesday 8/28/18

Proposal Submission 5:00 p.m. Friday 8/31/18
Monday 9/10/18
​Reference Checks
Mon 10/22 – Fri 10/26
Vendor Oral Presentations via Webinar (Optional) TBD
Best and Finals (Optional) TBD
Contract Negotiations and Signing TBD
Anticipated Start Date TBD