|Notice Type:||Sole Source|
|Notice Stage: |
|Hearing Notice of Decision Upheld|
|Notice Expiration Date:||05/31/2017|
|Sole Source Only Justification:||Appriss is the only vendor that provides real time or near real time access to state and county inmate data. The vendor's database is proprietary and protected by U.S. patent 5,861,810. Appriss is able to provide 23 data points and configure an interface with the Department of Employment Security's (IDES) unemployment benefit system (IBIS) with an existing cross-match capability that can be put to immediate use with minimal configuration.|
To ensure that Appriss is the only vendor with the required capabilities, IDES published an RFI (IPB #22032187) requesting vendors to affirm that they have the required data capabilities. The RFI failed to disclose any vendor (aside from Appriss) that provides inmate data.
Independently, IDES conducted market research through the Integrity Center of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA). Through NASWA, IDES obtained leads to states that use inmate data for unemployment compensation cross-match purposes. Based on this research, it was determined that, of the states known to use inmate data for unemployment compensation cross-match purposes, Pennsylvania and New York rely on data from their state and local corrections departments and Texas and Mississippi obtain inmate data from Appriss. Agency research failed to disclose any state employment security agency using data from any other source.
In further support of the sole source method for this procurement, Appriss provided IDES with a letter documenting the proprietary nature of the core database technology and providing information about other states' sole source procurements of Appriss's inmate data.
|Accordance with Admin Rule:||< Item is patented or copyrighted and only available from holder of patent/copyright|
|Professional & Artistic:||No|
|Small Business Set-Aside:||No|
|Does this solicitation contain a BEP or DBE requirement?:||No|
|Does this solicitation contain a Veteran requirement?:||No|
|Relevant Category:||General Services|
|Total Amount of Award:||$88,992.00 (Total Dollar Value Only/Includes Any Renewal Options)|
|Estimated/Actual Value Description:||The award amount is based on a monthly fee of $7,416 for a one-year term. The amount is actual.|
|Length of Initial Term:||12|
|Contract Begin Date:||07/01/2017 |
|Contract End Date:||06/30/2018 |
|Renewal Terms:||0 |