STATE PROCUREMENT MADE EASIER
Springfield, IL – We are working to make it easier to do business with the state universities. Starting in spring 2014, vendors will be able to use an internet portal to submit certain procurement-related information in advance of responding to solicitations. Registering in advance will save time, money and effort, and will reduce the risk of being disqualified for administrative errors.
The portal will be called the Illinois Procurement Gateway (IPG). Instead of submitting in paper form certain required information (such as company ownership, Department of Human Right’s public contract number and State Board of Elections registration number), vendors will be able to submit the information electronically. Once we review and sign off, vendors will receive a registration number that can be included in solicitation responses in lieu of submitting various paper forms with each and every response.
The IPG is managed by the four independent Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) who exercise procurement authority for the state agencies and the state universities. The CPOs selected B2Gnow to develop and host the cloud-based portal. There is no cost to vendors to register with IPG.
We will update this announcement when we have a firm start date.
2014 Sole Source Hearing Schedule
CPOs and SPOs are required to be certified by the UPPCC and must take training classes for certification and recertification. All UPPCC certification examinations are administered via computer at a Prometric testing center. Examinations will be delivered daily, Monday thru Saturday at a time and location selected by the candidate. Fall examinations are administered during the last two full weeks in October. Spring examinations are administered during the first two full weeks in May. Advanced application is required and additional fees apply for testing outside of the US and Canada. Please see exam schedule and associated deadlines.
NOTICE REGARDING POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
With the approaching election season, the Chief Procurement Office would like to remind vendors of the prohibition on political contributions found in Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37). We encourage every vendor to be familiar with this section of the Code and to seek legal advice as to how this section affects your company. Please read the attached notice for more information.