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NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD A STATEWIDE MASTER CONTRACT FOR SMALL PACKAGE AIR AND GROUND PARCEL DELIVERY SERVICES

6/17/2014 – The Chief Procurement Office for General Services (CPO) intends to enter into a statewide master contract for small package air and ground parcel delivery services with United Parcel Service (UPS).  UPS won the contract through a competitive solicitation procured by the CPO.  The estimated value of the award is $18 million.  The initial term is 12 months with 4 one-year renewal options.  No other vendors submitted bids.  For more information about this Notice, visit the Illinois Procurement Bulletin at www.purchase.state.il.us and enter Reference Number 22032918.

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ILLINOIS PROCUREMENT GATEWAY (IPG) VENDOR PORTAL NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

Springfield, IL – The way that vendors may submit disclosures and certifications as part of the procurement process is changing in important ways.  On May 12, 2014, the Illinois Procurement Gateway (ipg.vendorreg.com) began accepting information from individuals and businesses that are interested in obtaining a state contract.  Once the Chief Procurement Office (CPO) reviews and approves a vendor's registration, the CPO notifies the vendor that their unique registration number is approved for use (beginning July 1, 2014) in lieu of corresponding paperwork when responding to solicitations.  IPG registration minimizes the risk that the State will disqualify a vendor for administrative errors at the time of bid opening.  The portal also creates an electronic company record that may be updated at any time from an internet connection.

Training in the use of the IPG is available for vendors.  See the "Events Calendar" on the homepage.  There is no fee to vendors for training or registering in the IPG.

NIGP CODE UPDATING BEGINS FOR IPB USERS

Beginning on February 20, 2014, new and existing users of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (IPB) are able to identify their goods and services by selecting class codes from the NIGP list of codes.  The NIGP Code is a standard taxonomy used by the majority of states.  It provides better and more descriptions than the State's current Class Codes.  If you are already registered in the IPB, then you need to update your User Profile by selecting NIGP codes that correspond to your offered products or services.  State agencies will begin using the NIGP Code to procure goods and services starting July 1, 2014.  If you have not updated your User Profile by July 1, you will not receive email notification of solicitations or awards.  See the "FAQ: NIGP Code User Update" on the Procurement Resources page of this website.

NOTICE OF PROHIBITION ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS FOR VENDORS

With the approaching election season, the Chief Procurement Office reminds 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. The first day candidates may file nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections is November 25, 2013.  As such, please check the up-to-date listing of declared candidates available on the Board of Elections website at http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandFiling.aspx.

Please note, in most cases contributions to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as all other declared candidates for those offices are prohibited.  In addition, contributions made by entities and persons affiliated with your business are also prohibited.  For more information about which entities and persons are considered “affiliated” with your business, please see the Business Registration FAQ available on the State Board of Elections website at http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForBusinesses.aspx or the Illinois Procurement Code at Section 50-37 (30 ILCS 500/50-37) available on the General Assembly’s website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=532&ChapterID=7.

If you are unsure whether the prohibition on political contributions applies to your business, please refer to the Illinois Procurement Code at Section 50-37 available on the General Assembly’s website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=532&ChapterID=7.

Finally, please note if a vendor is found to violate this prohibition, all contracts between State agencies and that vendor are voidable.  If a vendor violates this prohibition 3 or more times within a 36-month period, then all contracts between State agencies and that vendor are void.