Revised 06/26/2006

(Agency Name and RFP#)


1.1       Purpose:

The Acquisition and Contract Administration Section of the Purchasing Division, hereinafter referred to as “State”, is soliciting proposals for the Department of _______________, _____________Division, hereinafter referred to as “Agency”, to provide _____________________.  (four or five word description i.e. “Advertising & Public Relations”, “Child Care Referral Services”, “Insurance/Claims Brokerage” etc.).            

1.2       Project:

The mission or purpose of the project is ____________________________________ (Brief description of project/background - no more than 2-3 short paragraphs.)

1.3       RFP Format: 

This RFP has four parts.  “Part 1” contains general information/terms and conditions, “Part 2” describes the background and working environment of the project, “Part 3” is a statement of the specifications for the services requested pursuant to this RFP, contractual requirements, and special terms/conditions and “Part 4” explains the required format of the Bidder’s response to the RFP, the evaluation criteria the State will use in evaluating the proposals received, and how the evaluation will be conducted. 

1.4       Inquiries:

Additional information inquiries regarding specifications of this RFP must be submitted in writing to the State Buyer with the exception of questions regarding proposal submission which may be oral.   The deadline for written inquiries is identified in the Schedule of Events, Section 1.16.  All inquiries of specification clarification must be addressed to:

Buyer Name, Senior Buyer
Purchasing Division
2019 Washington Street, East
P.O. Box 50130
Charleston, WV  25305-0130
Fax:  (304) 558-4115

Absolutely NO contact shall be made by the vendor with any member of the        evaluation committee.  Violation may result in rejection of the bid. The State Buyer named above is the sole contact for any and all inquiries after this RFP has been released.

1.5       Vendor Registration:           

Vendors participating in this process should complete and file a Vendor Registration and Disclosure Statement (Form WV-1) and remit the registration fee.  Vendor is not required to be a registered vendor in order to submit a proposal, but the successful bidder must register and pay the fee prior to the award of an actual purchase order/contract. 

1.6       Oral Statements and Commitments:         

Vendor must clearly understand that any verbal representations made or assumed to be made during any oral discussions held between Vendor’s representatives and any State personnel is not binding.  Only the information issued in writing and added to the Request for Proposal specifications file by an official written addendum are binding.    

1.7       Economy of Preparation:

Proposals should be prepared simply and economically, providing a straightforward, concise description of Vendor’s abilities to satisfy the requirements of the RFP.  Emphasis should be placed on completeness and clarity of content.

1.8       Labeling of RFP Sections:

The sections within this RFP contain instructions governing how the Vendor's proposal is to be arranged, submitted and to identify the material to be included therein.

1.8.1    Mandatory Requirements.

The mandatory sections included in part 3 and 4 require a response, and they describe the minimum requirements requested in this RFP.  Any specification or statement containing the word “must”, “shall, or “will” are mandatory.  The vendor is required to meet the mandatory specifications in order to be eligible for consideration and to continue in the evaluation process.  A simple “yes” or “no” response to these sections is not adequate.  Failure to meet mandatory items shall result in disqualification of the vendor's proposal and the evaluation process terminated for that vendor.  Decisions regarding compliance with the intent of any mandatory specification shall be at the sole discretion of the State.

1.8.2    Contract Terms and Conditions:

This Request for Proposals contains all the contractual terms and conditions under which the State of West Virginia will enter into a contract.  

1.8.3   Informational Sections:

All information specifications do not require a response from the vendor.  They are intended to aid the vendor in structuring an effective proposal capable of meeting the needs of the issuing agency.

1.9       Proposal Format and Submission:

1.9.1     Vendors must complete a response to all mandatory specifications in order to be considered.  Each proposal should be formatted as per the outline in Part 4 of this RFP.  No other arrangement or distribution of the proposal information may be made by the bidder.  Failure on the part of the bidder to respond to specific requirements detailed in the RFP may be basis for disqualification of the proposal.  The State reserves the right to waive any informality in the proposal format and minor irregularities.

1.9.2     State law requires that the original technical and cost proposal be submitted to the Purchasing Division.    All proposals must be submitted to the Purchasing Division prior to the date and time stipulated in the RFP as the opening date.   All bids will be date and time stamped to verify official time and date of receipt. 

1.9.3    Vendors mailing proposals should allow sufficient time for mail delivery to ensure timely arrival.  In accordance with State Code 5A-3-11, the Purchasing Division cannot waive or excuse late receipt of a proposal which is delayed and late for any reason.  Any proposal received after the bid opening date and time will be immediately disqualified in accordance with State law and the administrative rules and regulations.

One original technical and cost
plus (?) convenience copies to:

Purchasing Division
2019 Washington Street, East
P.O. Box 50130
Charleston, WV  25305-0130

            The outside of the envelope or package(s) should be clearly marked:
                                    Buyer:      __________
                                    Req#:       __________
                         Opening Date:     __________
                         Opening Time:    1:30 P. M.

1.9.4.   Best Value Purchasing Standard Format

All Requests for Proposals should follow the standard format defined by the Purchasing Division.  This format addresses required areas and enables the agency to modify the background and scope of work to meet its needs. Evaluation Criteria: All evaluation criteria must be clearly defined in the specifications section and based on a 100 point total score.  Based on a 100 point total, cost shall represent a minimum of 30 of the 100 total points in the criteria. Proposal Format and Content: Proposals shall be requested and received in two distinct parts: Technical and Cost.  The cost portion shall be sealed in a separate envelope and will not be opened initially. Technical Bid Opening: The Purchasing Division will open only the technical proposals on the date and time specified in the Request for Proposal.  The Purchasing Division representative will read aloud the names of those who responded to the solicitation.  The Purchasing Division Buyer will confirm that the original packages contain a separately sealed cost proposal prior to providing the courtesy copies to the agency to begin the evaluation process. Technical Evaluation: The pre-selected, approved evaluation committee will review the technical proposals, deduct appropriate points for deficiencies and make a final written consensus recommendation to the Purchasing Division Buyer.  If the Buyer approves the committee’s recommendation, the technical evaluation will be forwarded to an internal review committee within the Purchasing Division. Cost Bid Opening: Upon approval of the technical evaluation from the internal review committee, the Purchasing Division shall schedule a time and date to publicly open and read aloud the cost proposals.  The agency and the vendors shall be notified of this date. Cost Evaluation and Resident Vendor Preference: The evaluation committee will review the cost proposals, assign appropriate points and make a final consensus recommendation to the Purchasing Division.  In accordance with West Virginia State Code §5A-3-37, the Purchasing Division will make the determination of the Resident Vendor Preference, if applicable. Resident Vendor Preference provides an opportunity for qualifying vendors to request (at the time of bid) preference for their residency status.  Such preference is an evaluation method only and will be applied only to the cost bid in accordance with the West Virginia State Code.  A certificate of application is used to request this preference.  Generally, a West Virginia vendor may be eligible for two 2.5% preferences in the evaluation process. Contract Approval and Award: After the cost proposals have been opened, the evaluation committee completes its review and prepares the final evaluation making its recommendation for contract award based on the highest scoring vendor.  The final evaluation is submitted to the Purchasing Division buyer.  Once approved by the buyer, the final evaluation must be reviewed and approved by the Purchasing Division internal review committee.  The contract is prepared and signed in the Purchasing Division, forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for approval as to form, encumbered and mailed to the appropriate parties.

1.10     Rejection of Proposals:

The State shall select the best value solution according to the evaluation criteria.  However, the State reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, in part or in whole at its discretion.   The State reserves the right to withdraw this RFP at any time and for any reason.  Submission of, or receipt by the State of proposals confers no rights upon the bidder nor obligates the State in any manner.

A contract based on this RFP and the Vendor’s proposal, may or may not be awarded.  Any contract resulting in an award from this RFP is not valid until properly approved and executed by the Purchasing Division and approved as to form by the Attorney General. 

            1.11     Incurring Costs:

                                     The State and any of its employees or officers shall not be held liable for any expenses incurred by any bidder responding to this RFP for expenses to prepare, deliver the proposal, or to attend any mandatory prebid meeting or oral presentations.    

1.12     Addenda: 

If it becomes necessary to revise any part of this RFP, an official written addendum will be issued by the State to all bidders of record. 

1.13     Independent Price Determination:           

A proposal will not be considered for award if the price in the proposal was not arrived at independently without collusion, consultation, communication, or agreement as to any matter relating to prices with any competitor unless the proposal is submitted as a joint venture.             

1.14     Price Quotations:

The price(s) quoted in the bidder's proposal will not be subject to any increase and will be considered firm for the life of the contract unless specific provisions have been provided for adjustment in the original contract.    

1.15     Public Record:

1.15.1   Submissions are Public Record.

All documents submitted to the State Purchasing Division related to purchase orders/contracts are considered public records.  All bids, proposals, or offers submitted by bidders shall become public information and are available for inspection during normal official business hours in the Purchasing Division Records and Distribution center after the award is complete and documents have been microfilmed. 

1.15.2   Written Release of Information.

All public information may be released with or without a Freedom of Information request, however, only a written request will be acted upon with duplications fees paid in advance.  Duplication fees shall apply to all requests for copies of any document.  Currently the fees are $0.50/page, or a minimum of $10.00 per request which ever is greater. 

1.15.3   Risk of Disclosure.

The only exemptions to disclosure of information are listed in West Virginia Code §29B-1-4.  Primarily, only trade secrets as submitted by a bidder are the only exemption to public disclosure.   The submission of any information to the State by a vendor puts the risk of disclosure on the vendor.  The State will make a reasonable effort not to disclose information that is within the guidelines of §29B-1-4 and is properly labeled "proprietary information not for public disclosure".  The State does not guarantee non-disclosure of any information to the public.  

1.16     Schedule of Events:  (Dates to be set upon mutually agreed upon (TBA) after submission and approval of the RFP by Purchasing.  Events not required may be deleted.).

            Release of the RFP..............................................................xx/xx/xx
            Vendor’s Written Questions Submission Deadline................xx/xx/xx
            Response to Questions........................................................xx/xx/xx
            Mandatory Prebid Conference... ........................................xx/xx/xx
            Addendum Issued  .............................................................xx/xx/xx
            Bid Opening Date ..............................................................xx/xx/xx
            Oral Presentation    ............................................................xx/xx/xx             

1.17     Mandatory Prebid Conference: (Agency Option)

A mandatory prebid conference shall be conducted on the date specified above at _______.  Said conference will be held at _________________.(complete address including room number etc.)  All interested bidders are required to be present at this meeting.  Failure to attend the mandatory prebid conference shall automatically result in disqualification.   No one person can represent more than one vendor.   (Agencies may elect to utilize written questions and answers as an alternative.).

1.18     Affidavit:

West Virginia State Code §5A-3-10a requires that all bidders submit an affidavit regarding any debt owed to the State.  The affidavit must be signed and submitted prior to award.  It is preferred that the affidavit be submitted with the proposal. 

1.19     General Terms and Conditions:

By signing and submitting their proposal, the successful Vendor agrees to be bound by all the terms contained in this RFP.

1.19.1  Conflict of Interest:

Vendor affirms that it, its officers or members or employees presently have no interest and shall not acquire any interest, direct or indirect which would conflict or compromise in any manner or degree with the performance or its services hereunder.  The Vendor further covenants that in the performance of the contract, the Vendor shall periodically inquire of its officers, members and employees concerning such interests.  Any such interests discovered shall be promptly presented in detail to the Agency.

1.19.2  Prohibition Against Gratuities:           

Vendor warrants that it has not employed any company or person other than a bona fide employee working solely for the vendor or a company regularly employed as its marketing agent to solicit or secure the contract and that it has not paid or agreed to pay any company or person any fee, commission, percentage, brokerage fee, gifts or any other consideration contingent upon or resulting from the award of the contract.

For breach or violation of this warranty, the State shall have the right to annul this contract without liability at its discretion, and/or to pursue any other remedies available under this contract or by law.

1.19.3   Certifications Related to Lobbying:    

Vendor certifies that no federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid, by or on behalf of the company or an employee thereof, to any person for purposes of influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any Federal entity, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment or modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement.

If any funds other than federally appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee or any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement, the Vendor shall complete and submit a disclosure form to report the lobbying.

Vendor agrees that this language of certification shall be included in the award documents for all sub-awards at all tiers (including subcontracts, sub-grants, and contracts under grants, loans, and cooperative agreements) and that all sub-recipients shall certify and disclose accordingly.  This certification is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when this contract was made and entered into. 

1.19.4  Vendor Relationship: 

The relationship of the Vendor to the State shall be that of an independent contractor and no principal-agent relationship or employer-employee relationship is contemplated or created by the parties to this contract.  The Vendor as an independent contractor is solely liable for the acts and omissions of its employees and agents. 

Vendor shall be responsible for selecting, supervising and compensating any and all individuals employed pursuant to the terms of this RFP and resulting contract.  Neither the Vendor nor any employees or contractors of the vendor shall be deemed to be employees of the State for any purposes whatsoever. 

Vendor shall be exclusively responsible for payment of employees and contractors for all wages and salaries, taxes, withholding payments, penalties, fees, fringe benefits, professional liability insurance premiums, contributions to insurance and pension or other deferred compensation plans, including but not limited to Workers' Compensation and Social Security obligations, and licensing fees, etc. and the filing of all necessary documents, forms and returns pertinent to all of the foregoing.

Vendor shall hold harmless the State, and shall provide the State and Agency with a defense against any and all claims including but not limited to the foregoing payments, withholdings, contributions, taxes, social security taxes and employer income tax returns.

The Vendor shall not assign, convey, transfer or delegate any of its responsibilities and obligations under this contract to any person, corporation, partnership, association or entity without expressed written consent of the Agency.

1.19.5  Indemnification: 

The Vendor agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the State and the Agency, their officers, and employees from and against: (1)  Any claims or losses for services rendered by any subcontractor, person or firm performing or supplying services, materials or supplies in connection with the performance of the contract; (2)  Any claims or losses resulting to any person or entity injured or damaged by the Vendor, its officers, employees, or subcontractors by the publication, translation, reproduction, delivery, performance, use or disposition of any data used under the contract in a manner not authorized by the contract, or by Federal or State statutes or regulations; (3)  Any failure of the Vendor, its officers, employees or subcontractors to observe State and Federal laws, including but not limited to labor and wage laws.

1.19.6  Contract Provisions:    

After the successful Vendor is selected, a formal contract document will be executed between the State and the Vendor.  In addition, the RFP and the Vendor's response will be included as part of the contract by reference.  The order of precedence is the contract, the RFP and the Vendor's proposal in response to the RFP.

1.19.7  Governing Law:          

This contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of West Virginia.  The Vendor further agrees to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all other applicable laws (Federal, State or Local Government) regulations. 

1.19.8  Compliance with Laws and Regulations     

The vendor shall procure all necessary permits and licenses to comply with all applicable laws, Federal, State or municipal, along with all regulations, and ordinances of any regulating body.    

The Vendor shall pay any applicable sales, use, or personal property taxes arising out of this contract and the transactions contemplated thereby.  Any other taxes levied upon this contract, the transaction, or the equipment, or services delivered pursuant here to shall be borne by the contractor.  It is clearly understood that the State of West Virginia is exempt from any taxes regarding performance of the scope of work of this contract.

1.19.9  Subcontracts/Joint Ventures          

The Vendor is solely responsible for all work performed under the contract and shall assume prime contractor responsibility for all services offered and products to be delivered under the terms of this contract.  The State will consider the Vendor to be the sole point of contact with regard to all contractual matters.  The Vendor may, with the prior written consent of the State, enter into written subcontracts for performance of work under this contract; however, the vendor is totally responsible for payment of all subcontractors.

1.19.10 Term of Contract & Renewals:

This contract will be effective (date set upon award)  and shall extend for the period of one (1) year, at which time the contract may, upon mutual consent, be renewed.  Such renewals are for a period of up to one (1) year, with a maximum of two (2) one year renewals, or until such reasonable time thereafter as is necessary to obtain a new contract.  The “reasonable time” period shall not exceed twelve (12) months.  During the “reasonable time” period the vendor may terminate the contract for any reason upon giving the Agency ninety (90) days written notice.  Notice by Vendor of intent to terminate will not relieve Vendor of the obligation to continue to provide services pursuant to the terms of the contract.                          

Any change in Federal or State law, or court actions which constitute binding precedent in West Virginia, and which significantly alters the Vendor's required activities or any change in the availability of funds, shall be viewed as binding and shall warrant good faith renegotiation of the compensation paid to the Vendor by the Agency and of such other provisions of the contract that are affected.  If such renegotiation proves unsuccessful, the contract may be terminated by the State upon written notice to the Vendor at least thirty (30) days prior to termination of this contract.

1.19.11 Non-Appropriation of Funds:

If the Agency is not allotted funds in any succeeding fiscal year for the continued use of the service covered by this contract by the West Virginia Legislature, the Agency may terminate the contract at the end of the affected current fiscal period without further charge or penalty.  The Agency shall give the vendor written notice of such non-allocation of funds as soon as possible after the Agency receives notice.  No penalty shall accrue to the Agency in the event this provision is exercised. 

1.19.12 Contract Termination         

The State may terminate any contract resulting from this RFP immediately at any time the Vendor fails to carry out its responsibilities or to make substantial progress under the terms of this RFP and resulting contract.  The State shall provide the Vendor with advance notice of performance conditions which are endangering the contract’s continuation.  If after such notice the Vendor fails to remedy the conditions contained in the notice, within the time period contained in the notice, the State shall issue the Vendor an order to cease and desist any and all work immediately.  The State shall be obligated only for services rendered and accepted prior to the date of the notice of termination.

The contract may also be terminated upon mutual agreement of the parties with thirty (30) days prior notice. 

1.19.13 Changes    

If changes to the original contract become necessary, a formal contract change order will be negotiated by the State, the Agency and the Vendor, to address changes to the terms and conditions, costs of work included under the contract.  An approved contract change order is defined as one approved by the Purchasing Division and approved as to form by the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, encumbered and placed in the U.S. Mail prior to the effective date of such amendment.  An approved contract change order is required whenever the change affects the payment provision and/or the scope of the work.  Such changes may be necessitated by new and amended Federal and State regulations and requirements.

As soon as possible after receipt of a written change request from the Agency, but in no event more than thirty (30) days thereafter, the Vendor shall determine if there is an impact on price with the change requested and provide the Agency a written statement to identifying any price impact on the contract or to state that there is no impact.  In the event that price will be impacted by the change, the Vendor shall, provide a description of the price increase or decrease involved in implementing the requested change.                                                 


1.19.14 Invoices, Progress Payments, & Retainage: (Agency Option if appropriate.)

The Vendor shall submit invoices, in arrears, to the Agency at the address on the face of the purchase order labeled “Invoice To” pursuant to the terms of the contract.  Progress payments may be made at the option of the Agency on the basis of percentage of work completed if so defined in the final contract.  Any provision for progress payments must also include language for a minimum 10% retainage until the final deliverable is accepted.   

If progress payments are permitted, Vendor is required to identify points in the work plan at which compensation would be appropriate.  Progress reports must be submitted to Agency with the invoice detailing progress completed or any deliverables identified.  Payment will be made only upon approval of acceptable progress or deliverables as documented in the Vendor’s report. Invoices may not be submitted more than once monthly and State law forbids payment of invoices prior to receipt of services.

1.19.15  Liquidated Damages: (Agency Option if appropriate)

According to West Virginia State Code §5A-3-4(8), Vendor agrees that liquidated damages shall be imposed at the rate of $_______ (per day, per week, per unit, or some other agreed measure) for failure to provide (deliverables, meet miles stones identified to keep the project on target, or failure to meet specified deadlines)  This clause shall in no way be considered exclusive and shall not limit the State or Agency’s right to pursue to any other additional remedy to which the State or Agency may have legal cause for action including further damages against the Vendor.  

1.19.16  Record Retention (Access & Confidentiality):

Vendor shall comply with all applicable Federal and State of West Virginia rules and regulations, and requirements governing the maintenance of documentation to verify any cost of services or commodities rendered under this contract by Vendor.  The Vendor shall maintain such records a minimum of five (5) years and make available all records to Agency personnel at Vendor’s location during normal business hours upon written request by Agency within 10 days after receipt of the request.    

Vendor shall have access to private and confidential data maintained by Agency to the extent required for Vendor to carry out the duties and responsibilities defined in this contract.  Vendor agrees to maintain confidentiality and security of the data made available and shall indemnify and hold harmless the State and Agency against any and all claims brought by any party attributed to actions of breech of confidentiality by the Vendor, subcontractors, or individuals permitted access by Vendor.            


2.1       Location:

Agency is located at ___________________________________ (work location needed, if the successful vendor will be working at the Agency office).

2.2       Background:

(Brief general description of the Agency project background, possible goals of program, operating environment such as computer systems, physical arrangement, availability and type of financial statements for an audit or other Agency resources the vendor may have access to which could be used in the vendor’s performance.  Agency contact person during performance of the contract, etc., that would effect the performance of the contract or any other background information that the bidder should know to submit a relevant proposal. However, do not put actual specifications here, just background information that may or may not affect performance).


3.1       General Requirements:

(Outline or List of main goals to be achieved by successful vendor.)

3.2       Scope of Work:

(Your detailed specifications of the task to be performed and end results or deliverables expected.)

3.3       Special Terms and Conditions:

3.3.1     Bid and Performance Bonds: (Agency Option.   A bid bond will be required to accompany any proposal if any bonds performance, labor, materials, or maintenance are required.)

3.3.2    Insurance Requirements:  (If applicable, provide liability insurance requirements here.  Insurance certificates are required prior to award but are not required at the time of bid).

3.3.3    License Requirements:

Workers Compensation, Contractor’s License, etc. compliance language. (List any specific licenses, or other special license requirements for your project, etc.)

3.3.4   Litigation Bond: (Agency Option with Purchasing Division’s Advance Approval.)

(Only used on projects exceeding $1,000,000 with Purchasing Approval.

Each bidder responding to this request for proposal is required to submit a litigation bond in the amount of $__________________, made payable to the State of West Virginia Purchasing Division.  This bond must be issued by a surety company licensed to do business in the State of West Virginia with the West Virginia Insurance Commission, on a form acceptable to the State.  The only acceptable alternate forms of the bond are (1) a company certified check (not an individual) and (2) a cashier’s check.

The purpose of the litigation bond is to discourage unwarranted or frivolous law suits pertaining to the award of a contract from this request for proposal.  Secondly, the bond provides a mechanism for the State of West Virginia, the Agency, it’s officers, employees, or agents thereof to recover damages, including (but not limited to) attorney fees, loss of revenue, loss of grants or portions thereof, penalties imposed by the federal government  and travel expenses which may result from any such litigation.  A claim against the bond will be made if the vendor contests the award in a court of competent jurisdiction and the grounds are found to be unwarranted or frivolous based on the facts of the award or applicable law as determined by the court.

The bond or alternate form must remain in effect for two years from the proposal submission date.  After six (6) months, each vendor may request, and the State anticipates granting, a release of the litigation bond.  However, the vendor will be required to provide a release (signed and notarized in a form that is acceptable to the State) prior to release of the bond which states that the vendor will not sue.  

Failure to submit an appropriate bond or alternate bond with the proposal at the time of bid opening will result in automatic disqualification of the vendor’s proposal and the proposal will be considered non-responsive.       


4.1       Vendor’s Proposal Format:            

(This part of the RFP outlines the format the Vendor should follow in arranging the information, and the Agency should identify the information the Vendor is required to include.)     

 The proposal should be formatted in the same order, providing the information listed below:

Title page - Should state the RFP Subject and number, the name of the Vendor, Vendor’s business address, telephone number, name of authorized contact person to speak on behalf of the Vendor, dated and signed.

Table of Contents - Clearly identify the material by section and page number. 

Section I  - (Discuss what you expect the vendor to provide to meet your evaluation criteria requirement i.e. “Understanding of the scope of work.”)

Section II - (Same as above except different criteria i.e. “Planned Management Staffing”)

Section III - (Same as section I except different criteria and repeat until all criteria discussions are explained.)

Section IV  -  Cost

(If using an attachment, reference it and provide guidance as to what Vendor must include.)

If applicable, sign and submit the attached Resident Vendor Preference Certificate with the proposal. (We attach it in Purchasing on everything except an Expression of Interest and Construction.)

4.2       Evaluation Process:            

4.2.1 Method of Evaluation:

The proposals will be evaluated by a committee of three (3) or more individuals in accordance with the criteria stated.  The Vendor who meets all the mandatory specifications and attains the final highest point score of all vendors (possible one-hundred 100 points maximum) shall be awarded the contract.  The selection of the successful vendor will be made by a consensus of the evaluation committee. 

4.3      Evaluation Criteria:  The following are the evaluation factors and maximum points possible for technical point scores:

A. (What ever your criteria categories are)                                                                    (#) Points Possible

B. (Continue to list for # you have)                                                                                (#) Points Possible

C. (And so on)                                                                                                             (#) Points Possible

D Cost                                                                                                                         30 Points Possible

                                                                                                           Total                100 Points Possible

Each cost proposal cost will be evaluated by use of the following formula for all vendors who attained the Minimum acceptable score only:

Lowest price of all proposals

-----------------------------------------------   X (?)30 = Price Score

Price of Proposal being evaluated

4.4       Minimum Acceptable Score:

Vendors must score a minimum of 70% of the total technical points possible (if doing oral presentation may require it for technical criteria not including the oral, in order to avoid interviewing non-qualified vendors).   The minimum qualifying score would be 70% of 70 points or a technical score of 49 points or greater to be eligible for further consideration and to continue in the evaluation process.  All vendors not attaining the minimum acceptable score (MAS) shall be disqualified and removed from further consideration.

The State will select the successful vendor’s proposal based on best value purchasing which is not necessarily the low bidder.  Cost is considered but is not the sole determining factor for award.  The State does reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the proposals, in whole or in part, without prejudice if to do so is felt to be in the best interests of the State.

Vendor’s failure to provide complete and accurate information may be considered grounds for disqualification. The State reserves the right if necessary to ask vendors for additional information to clarify their proposals.  Nothing may be added to alter the written solution or method contained in the original proposal after the bid opening.     

4.5.      Cost Proposal Format/Bid Sheets

            (Cost proposal forms/bid sheets are to be on a separate page so that they may be filled out and submitted independently from the technical proposal.  Below are examples.)

Total all-inclusive fee (project)            $_______________

Grand total breakdown by task:

(Or whatever you need for evaluation/use with contract)

 1) (Example)   $_______________

2) (And so on) $_______________

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