|This is notice to the Information Technology Vendor community advising that IL Central Management Services' Bureau of Communication and Computer Services (CMS-BCCS) anticipates the publication of a new solicitation on or about June 8, 2015. The purpose of this solicitation will be to facilitate the acquisition of Information Technology services. Vendors who may be interested are invited to review this information and plan appropriately. Vendors are advised not to respond at this time. This notice is provided only for the purpose of notifying vendors of the anticipated need in order to enable vendors to plan in the event they are interested in contracting with the State.|
This solicitation will initially be a pre-qualification phase only. In the pre-qualification phase, no pricing information will be requested from vendors and no specific statements of work will be issued. CMS-BCCS may execute contracts with the State’s Terms and Conditions with vendors who exhibit expertise in the areas of anticipated need. Those contracts may be used later and have specific statements of work attached as the State identifies its needs and requests pricing bids from the prequalified vendors.
The State also intends for this process to facilitate the requirements to solicit work from Illinois small businesses and to meet or exceed spending goals with Business Enterprise Program firms (Minority, Women-Owned, Person with Disability-Owned, Veteran-Owned, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned). Vendors are encouraged to work together to help the State achieve these goals.
Interested vendors may begin to prepare for this solicitation by taking the following steps.
1. All vendors should register on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (IPB) in all relevant categories to receive further notifications and updates. That website is http://www.purchase.state.il.us.
2. Minority, Women-Owned, Person with Disability-Owned, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses are encouraged to register with IL Central Management Services Business Enterprise Program (BEP). That website is http://www.illinois.gov/cms/business/sell2/bep/Pages/default.aspx and support for that program can be reached at (312) 814-4190.
3. Illinois small business vendors are required to register on the Illinois Procurement Gateway (IPG). All vendors, regardless of their size, are encouraged to register on the IPG. That website is https://ipg.vendorreg.com and support for that site can be reached at (217) 782-1270. The Illinois Procurement Gateway is a web based system that serves as the primary location for entering, organizing, and reviewing vendor information. The IPG allows prospective vendors to provide disclosures, certifications, and other documentation needed to do business with a State agency or university in advance of any particular procurement. The State uses information submitted through the IPG to prequalify vendors in advance of submitting bids and offers for contracts. Upon satisfactory enrollment, vendors receive a registration number that may be used in place of paper submission of required forms.
Vendors are advised that a solicitation is pending and pre-bid communication with agency or State of IL personnel about the solicitation is strictly limited under law. Once the solicitation is posted, a vendor’s conference will be held where the State will provide further information about the solicitation and vendors may ask the State questions at that time.