To help maximize the value of taxpayer dollars that state agencies spend on goods and services, the Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) works closely with the State's Chief Procurement Officer and State Purchasing Officers of the Executive Ethics Commission (EEC) to provide improved transparency, accountability and cost savings in the procurement process.
While most procurement oversight is now performed by the EEC, procurement functions such as determining what needs to be purchased and what quantity, and drafting solicitation documents (i.e. requests for proposals, requests for information, invitations for bids, and the like) are performed by agency staff and/or BOSS.
Please use the links at the right to review specific Procurement areas or read more about them below.
ILLINOIS PROCUREMENT BULLETIN
We use the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (IPB) to list contracting opportunities with the state in a number of areas — including Equipment/Commodities, IT/Telecom, Facilities and General Services — which collectively oversee the procurement of up to $15 billion of goods and services per year.
Vendors can register on the IPB to do business with the state, to review requests for information or proposals and receive updates on procurement rules and requirements.
We also encourage diverse enterprises to do business with the state, and oversee the certification of vendors through our Sell 2 Illinois program. Sell 2 Illinois has certification process information and forms for businesses owned by:
The Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP) promotes the economic development of businesses owned by minorities, females and persons with disabilities. State agencies and universities are encouraged to spend at least 20% of their procurement budgets with certified BEP companies, and many state solicitations require participation of certified BEP firms.
Through the Veterans' Small Business Program, state agencies and universities are encouraged to spend at least 3% of their procurement budgets with certified veteran-owned businesses. Please look for upcoming notifications regarding the implementation of this program.
The Small Business Set Aside Program allows for the state's Chief Procurement Officer to allocate a portion of contracts so that only small Illinois businesses can compete for them. Legislation effective January 1, 2005 increased annual sales limits for wholesale and retail businesses so that more companies can be considered small businesses when competing for state contracts.
CMS BOSS administers the state’s Joint Purchasing Program, which allows local government to save time and money when purchasing many commodities and services through a master contract. We manage the entire development, bid and contracting process for these joint purchasing contracts.
This helps participating local governments save money per purchase and reduces their administrative costs. The program also helps the State increase its bulk purchasing power. Visit the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (IPB) to view contracts and opportunities.
VENDOR PAYMENT PROGRAM
The State of Illinois is pleased to introduce a new Vendor Payment Program designed to assist our vendors and service providers with working capital during these challenging fiscal times. For more information on how to participate in the program, please visit payments.illinois.gov.