Announcements

Pre-Proposal Conference for Non-IT Staff Augmentation Services

Date:  3/29/2016 3:28:25 PM

Q & A responses from the April 25, 2016 Non-IT Staff Augmentation Pre-Proposal Conference.

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Statewide Standard “Enterprise Client Computer Hardware” (Desktops, Notebooks, Ultrabooks, and LCDs)

Date:  3/17/2016 1:35:30 PM

Statewide Enterprise Buys Updated – the DAS Office of Information Technology recently updated theDell, HP and Lenovo Statewide Enterprise Buy Catalogs to reflect changes in Intel chipset technology. The product offerings listed in the catalogs are in alignment with the following policy: Ohio IT Standard ITS-PLF-01, “Enterprise Client Computer Hardware.”

The catalogs help agencies easily identify the products available for purchase and simplifies the overall procurement process by eliminating the need for three reseller quotes. Products conforming to these updated standards can be found in the following State Term Schedule Contracts #534278 (Dell), #534275 (HP) and #534482 (Lenovo).

The statewide enterprise buys also are available to all local government entities registered through the Cooperative Purchasing Program.

If you have any questions on the Statewide Enterprise Buy Catalogs, please contact: DAS.State.IT.Standards.Manager@das.ohio.gov.

Requisite Procurement Program

Date:  3/16/2016 7:36:26 AM

The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Operating Budget Bill required the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to develop a requisite procurement review process (see section 125.035 of the Ohio Revised Code (http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/125.035). The purpose of the review process is to ensure that proposed agency purchases are not subject to one of the state’s requisite procurement programs: Ohio Penal Industries, Community Rehabilitation Programs, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the Office of Information Technology, State Printing and Mail Services, the Office of Support Services at the Department of Mental Health, and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Office of Procurement Services (OPS) drafted the Administrative Rule and launched a pilot group of four agencies in December to test the process and work through the issues prior to a statewide launch of the program.

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Procurement Survey: Ohio Ties for Fifth

Date:  3/9/2016 9:40:49 AM






Ohio did very well in the Governing Institute’s inaugural Governing Procurement Survey of the States.

Out of the 37 states responding to the survey, the State of Ohio tied for fifth overall with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts based on the procurement policies, programs and practices detailed for 10 categories. The other top performers were: Georgia (1st); Virginia (2nd); Minnesota (3rd); Utah (4th); Massachusetts (tied with Ohio for 5th).

The survey is among the most comprehensive reviews of U.S. state procurement practices and is intended to raise awareness of the critical role procurement plays in state government with a ranking that identifies and rewards state excellence in procurement practices, according to Governing magazine.

The rankings and best practices from the respondents are featured in the March 2016 issue of Governing magazine. A link to the report, “Purchase Power: A Special Report on State Procurement,” featuring the complete statewide rankings can be located here. The top-ranked states were honored Feb. 20 at an Excellence in State Procurement reception in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to our outstanding Procurement team and all of you who support their efforts.


Cleveland Sight Center - Dedicated Community Rehabilitation Program

Date:  3/1/2016 1:27:41 PM


Founded in 1906, Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) is the only organization in Northeast Ohio that offers comprehensive services for individuals who are blind or who have experienced vision loss. From infants to seniors, CSC acts as a life partner, working to educate, empower, and employ. Supported by 150 employees, 57 board members, and more than 500 volunteers, CSC serves more than 14,000 people each year through education, direct services, and preventative vision screenings.

CSC’s Call Center began as a customer service training program in 2008 and has been providing call center services since 2012. Employing over 55 individuals, nearly all of whom have a work-limiting disability, Call Center associates last year answered over 400,000 calls and 50,000 emails for partners including the Ohio Departments of Education, Health, Secretary of State, Taxation, TourismOhio, and Cuyahoga Job and Family Services. Through these contracts and others, the Call Center: