The Buyers Network is published monthly by the Purchasing Division of the WV Department of Administration to promote better value in public purchasing.
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WE'RE READY TO MOVE
No Longer Needing Your Fleet Vehicles?
We've been talking about it for months. Now, the time has come for the `big move'. Over 25 Purchasing employees will be relocating this month to 2019 Washington Street, East.
As reported earlier, the Supreme Court will be moving their staff into Purchasing's east wing office space. With a little over three months to plan for the transition, the Purchasing Division contracted with Plott & Holbrook to make the appropriate renovations to the building. The Finance Division of the Department of Administration will be relocating to the second floor early next year.
"Because of the limited time frame, this move had to be coordinated very carefully in order to complete the details within just a few months," according to Purchasing Director Dave Tincher. "Although the task of physically moving our modular workstations, files, and equipment will be cumbersome, I believe that everyone is quite anxious to step into their new offices."
All employees will maintain their current telephone numbers; however, the address will change (see page 1). The office hours will remain unchanged.
|Although the Purchasing Division
does offer flex-time hours for their employees, the Division's core hours of business are
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"As you may certainly understand, there may be periods of time that our staff will be hard to reach during the move," Tincher said. "We will make every attempt to check our voice mail and e-mail frequently. However, we do appreciate our customers' patience and cooperation during this time."
State agencies and vendors will be invited to an open house which will be planned shortly after the move. More information will be published soon regarding this event.
OUR NEW ADDRESS
The Quick Copy Convenience Center located in Building 2 at the State Capitol has moved to a more space efficient location at 311 Jefferson Street in Charleston (previously the location of the Light Opera Guild).
According to Scott Padon, director of the Operations Section, this relocation project has been in the planning for many months. Due to the expansion of the quick copy services, two new Xerox Docutech 6180 series systems were acquired in order to meet the agency's printing demands.
"Consolidated Publishing Facility (CPF) was the first delivery of this equipment in this region, which is from here to Chicago," Padon said. "With the printing capacity of 180 pages per minute, we now have the next generation of duplication equipment available to our state government."
The Quick Copy Center's move is being completed gradually to avoid any loss in production time. Padon often refers to this move as a migration. With four Xerox Docutech series plus a DocuColor 40 full color series, a complete quick copy production service will be offered from printing to bindery.
In addition and for the convenience of agencies located at the State Capitol, Central Stockroom goods will also be offered. As another convenience, the facility will soon be accepting the Purchasing Card. "We are very eager to accept the Purchasing Card," Padon said. "The concept of the card fits perfectly with our services...on-demand printing and payment."
The new facility does not affect any existing locations operated by CPF, including the Nitro Quick Copy Convenience Center, the Building 7 ColorCenter, and the Morris Street offset printing services, and the Central Stockroom headquarters in Charleston.
By Dave Tincher
In order to keep pace with today's ever-changing technology and business procedures, the Purchasing Division strongly believes in educating those whom we serve. This fall is an excellent example of our commitment to training. Catherine Bryan, who recently joined the Purchasing Division as the state travel manager, conducted statewide seminars last month informing travel coordinators on changes which have occurred. She joined our partners from the private industry, National Travel Services, Inc. and Diner's Club, who serve the state contracts for travel services and the travel charge card.
In addition, the Fleet Management Office is conducting a seminar on October 1st, targeting agency fleet coordinators and drivers of state-owned vehicles. Their goal is similar to that of
|the travel seminars to enable
those individuals who oversee certain programs within their agency to understand their
Later this month, the Purchasing Division will be reaching out to West Virginia vendors with our statewide teleconference, "Business Opportunities with the State of West Virginia." We will be explaining to businesses how easy it is make state government their customer.
We are also planning our next agency purchasing conference, scheduled for May 3-7, 1998. In this issue of The Buyers Network, we are asking for your input in the planning process.
Our goals for these training initiatives are simple. We want to inform and educate our customers on how our programs and services work. However, to be effective, we must do more than just tell our customers what to do...we must listen and incorporate your ideas in order to continually build on the successes which we have accomplished.
Have you submitted your certified inventory listing of your agency's fixed assets yet? Although most agencies have complied to this request, there are a few who still have not. According to Administration Unit Manager Jo Ann Dunlap, those agencies will be contacted soon to complete and submit their inventory.
State agencies can now enter their inventory into the fixed assets system which is part of the West Virginia Financial Information Management System (WVFIMS). "A training manual is available to agencies," Dunlap said. "I would also be happy to provide training if the agency requests."
For more information, please contact Jo Ann Dunlap at (304) 558-0059.
State purchasing buyers have been hitting the pavement to promote business opportunities with the State of West Virginia. In August, they made over 20 site visits with West Virginia vendors to discuss how they can attract state government business, according to Curt Curtiss, director of Acquisition & Contract Administration.
"Most of the vendors reacted in somewhat of a disbelief," Curtiss said. "Overall, we have received very positive comments from these visits. Vendors were surprised. Some thought they were just a `name in a computer system'. It is important to make personal contacts with the vendors that we are trying to do business with."
Curtiss explains that the visits were to vendors throughout the state. Although many were held in the Charleston and Huntington areas, buyers also traveled to the following West Virginia communities: Princeton, Fairmont, Neola, Alta, and Ripley.
"We continue to increase our attempts in educating our vendors," Curtiss said. This month, vendors within West Virginia will be attending a statewide vendor teleconference which will be downlinked at twelve sites throughout the state.
Of the 42 bids received in response to the request for quotation to the statewide contract for information processing equipment (SWC-IP-97), 34 vendors have been awarded contracts, according to Senior Buyer Pam Jones.
A `bulletin board' mechanism will be used by Information Services & Communications (IS&C) Division to post requests by agencies for equipment. The awarded vendors include: Computerland, HGO Technology, Inc., Interactive Data, Inc., Pomeroy Computer Resources, AV Networks, Inc., MicroAge of Charleston, Comark Government and Educational Sales, The Computer Store, Government Micro Resources, Management Systems of WV, Systems Design Associates, Computer Plus, Gateway 2000 Major Accounts, IKON Office Solutions, Premier Computer Services, Tangent Computer, WIN Laboratories, Wave Technology, Athena Consulting & Training, Commercial Business Systems, Comp-U-Corp., Computerland of Charleston, Data Solutions International, Hourly Computer Services, West Side Communications, West Virginia Business Products, Trilobyte Computer Systems, Comp USA, Net Solutions, Professional Computer Systems, SEI. Ltd., NATCOR, Unisys, and Dell Marketing.
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State Travel Manager Catherine Bryan joined representatives from National Travel Services and Diner's Club to provide training to agency travel coordinators and state employee travelers on two statewide contracts: travel services and the corporate travel credit card. Seminars were held in Charleston, Parkersburg, and Pipestem State Park.
Ted Lawson of National Travel Services, the contractor for travel services, explained the importance of travel management in both the private and public sector. His company has been awarded this state contract since 1986. "The state is a good customer," Lawson said. "We are a West Virginia corporation and enjoy serving the state."
In 1978, a deregulation of the airline industry occurred which resulted in more competitive rates for air travel. Since then, the need for travel management providers has increased.
During the seminars, Maureen Garlock of Diner's Club was available to answer questions regarding the corporate travel credit card.
According to Bryan, approximately 350 state employees attended the travel management seminars. "I'm very pleased with the interest shown by our state employees," she said. "They were eager to learn more about the statewide travel contracts which we have in place."
The list of businesses that have chosen to accept the Diner's Club Card continues to grow. Below are the newest locations where state employees may use the state's official travel card:
China Garden Restaurant (Charleston)
No Longer Needing Your Fleet Vehicles?
Please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire and return no later than October 17, 1997 to:
Which topics would you like to see discussed?
o A/E Agreements
o Agency Purchases
o Agency Perspective on Purchasing
o Attorney General
o Basic Purchasing
o Board of Risk & Insurance Management
o Bonding, Insurance & Liquidated Damages
o Consolidated Publishing Facility
o Contact Formatting
o Construction Contracts
o WV Public Employees Credit Union
o FAX Bank
o Financing and Leasing of Equipment
o Fixed Assets (Inventory Management)
o Fleet Management
o State Health Insurance Benefits
o IP Contracts
o Leasing/Temporary Space Needs
o Legal Issues Pertaining to Public Purchasing
o Maintenance, Emergency & Sole Source Purchases
o National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP)
o Purchasing Policies and Procedures
o Prison Industries
o Professional Services Contracts
o Purchasing Card
o Retirement Benefits
o RFP Process & Evaluation
o Sheltered Workshops
o State Auditor
o Statewide Contracts
o Surplus Property
o TEAM Purchasing System
o Travel Management
o Vendor Registration
|What other topics would you like to
see addressed? _____________________________________________
Are there particular persons in the Purchasing Division (or other agencies) you wish to meet and discuss specific issues, problems, etc.? Please specify. ___________________________________________________
Have you ever attended a purchasing conference offered by the Purchasing Division? oYes oNo
Any other suggestions?______________________________________________________________________
Over 500 state employees participated in Information Services & Communications (IS&C) Division's second annual Information Technology Users Conference & Technology Expo on September 3th and 4th.
Gov. Cecil H. Underwood, Chief of Staff Jim Teets and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Samuel Tully kicked off this event with many positive comments regarding the state's many technology initiatives.
"The number one reason for the success of our administration is our advocacy of technology," Gov. Underwood said at the conference commencement. "Technology is the engine which drives the future of state government."
During the conference, 15 workshops were offered concurrently, including Central Mail, Crystal/Ad Hoc Reporting, SWC-IP-97, Introduction to the Internet, State Web Page/Intranet, Video Conferencing, and Telecommunications. In addition to the workshop sessions, several software presentations were offered as well as continuous demonstrations of statewide automated systems at the Solutions Center.
Automation Manager Dan Miller and Administration Unit Manager Jo Ann Dunlap participated in the Solutions Center, providing demonstrations of the TEAM and WVFIMS-Fixed Assets automated systems, respectively.
Information and dates (as of September 15, 1997) included in this Current Statewide Contract Update are subject to change. If you need additional information, please contact the appropriate state buyer.
Contracts to be Bid or Under Evaluation
Contracts to be Reviewed
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