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  1. RFP PROCESSES Contracts for Professional Services

  2. RFP Requirements • No agency of the state may award or renew a contract for professional services exceeding fifty thousand dollars without complying with the procedures set forth in this Act. • Any agency seeking such professional services shall issue a request for proposals. • The agency shall publish any request for proposals issued pursuant to this section on the electronic procurement system maintained by the Bureau of Administration. • The request for proposals shall include the procedures for the solicitation and award of the contract.

  3. RFP Requirements • The request for proposals shall state the relative importance of evaluation criteria to be used in the ranking of prospective contractors. • The agency shall include the following evaluation criteria in any request for proposals:

  4. RFP Requirements • Specialized expertise, capabilities, and technical competence as demonstrated by the proposed approach and methodology to meet the project requirements; • Resources available to perform the work, including any specialized services, within the specified time limits for the project; • Record of past performance, including price and cost data from previous projects, quality of work, ability to meet schedules, cost control, and contract administration; • Availability to the project locale; • Familiarity with the project locale; • Proposed project management techniques; and • Ability and proven history in handling special project constraints.

  5. NEGOTIATIONS • The agency and the highest ranked contractor shall mutually discuss and refine the scope of services for the project and shall negotiate terms, including compensation and performance schedule. • The compensation level paid shall be reasonable and fair to the agency, as determined by the agency.

  6. NEGOTIATIONS • If the agency and the highest ranked contractor are unable for any reason to negotiate a contract at a compensation level that is reasonable and fair to the agency, the agency shall, either orally or in writing, terminate negotiations with the contractor. • The agency may then negotiate with the next highest ranked contractor.

  7. NEGOTIATIONS • The negotiation process may continue through successive contractors, according to agency ranking, until an agreement is reached or the agency terminates the contracting process.

  8. PUBLIC INFORMATION • A register of proposals shall be prepared and maintained by any state agency issuing a request for proposals for a professional service contract. • The register shall contain the names of any person/company whose qualifications were considered and the name of the person/firm that was awarded the contract. • Any professional service contract and the documentation which was the basis for the contract shall be public except for proprietary information which shall remain confidential. • The qualifications and any other documentation of any person/firm not issued a contract shall remain confidential.

  9. PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT ROLE • The law DOES NOT REQUIRE agencies to use OPM staff or services to complete their RFP processes. • OPM will provide assistance to agencies upon request. • OPM will establish an hourly rate that will be charged to the agency requesting assistance with their RFP process. • The fee is expected to be $45 per hour.

  10. PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT ROLE Some services available to agencies from OPM • Assistance in preparing RFP in proper format. • Review agency RFP language and make recommendations. • Provide guidance on steps to be taken throughout the process. • Coordinate the entire RFP process if requested. • Debrief unsuccessful offerors based on the evaluation team report(s), but only if OPM is coordinating the entire process. • Train agencies on posting RFPs to the eprocurement system, or post RFPs for the agency upon request.

  11. PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT ROLE Some things OPM will NOT do: • Decide whether or not the service you are requesting is a “professional service” or whether the service is exempt from the statute. • Prepare a scope of work for the requesting agency. • Determine the evaluation criteria to be used by the agency • Participate as an active evaluation or negotiation team member.