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Minority Business Outreach Services
Document #:  JFS1213028050


Question:   Approximately how many certified minority firms in the classification codes of interest to ODJFS are currently in the database? Also, do you know how many new firms from the classification codes of interest there were in 2011 or 2012 year to date?

Answer:   There is no list of specific vendor classification codes that ODJFS uses. While certain United Nations Standard Products and Sources Codes (UNSPSC) are more likely than others to be suited to ODJFS projects (and the vast majority of them would never be used), the vendor expertise that ODJFS might require could cover a very large range. The Ohio Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) certifies businesses as MBEs and maintains the state’s database of certified MBE vendors; it can be accessed at: http://eodreporting.oit.ohio.gov/searchMBE.aspx.

Date: 10/31/2012

Inquiry: 26807


Question:   Question 1: Will the scope of sevices cover the entire State of Ohio or regional or local areas? If regional or local, can you specify where?

Answer:   The selected vendor would be performing the services state-wide.

Date: 10/31/2012

Inquiry: 26804


Question:   I am interested in teaming, partering or serving as a sub-contractor on this project. The scope matches services I provide as a "one-person shop" I might not meet your capacity requirements related to past performance (I have done similar projects successfully, but not multiple projects in the same time period).

Answer:   Same as inquiry #26793

Date: 10/31/2012

Inquiry: 26794


Question:   I am interested in teaming, partering or serving as a sub-contractor on this project. The scope matches services I provide as a "one-person shop" I might not meet your capacity requirements related to past performance (I have done similar projects successfully, but not multiple projects in the same time period).

Answer:   ODJFS would consider proposals from MBE vendors that would partner with one or more other MBE vendors, or from MBE vendors that would sub-contract some of the work to another MBE. However, in such situations it would be required that: 1.) all sub-contractors and partners must be currently certified Ohio MBEs, with all information provided as required in the RFP on those sub-contractors for identification and evaluation purposes; 2.) the roles and responsibilities of each must be identified; and, 3.) the proposal must be submitted by (and if selected, the ODJFS contract would be awarded to,) one MBE vendor identified in the proposal as the prime contractor or lead entity among the partnership. If ODJFS selects a proposal from either a partnership or from a contractor that would use sub-contractors, ODJFS would enter into the contract with only the lead entity in the partnership or the prime contractor. The lead or prime would be responsible for managing the performance of the other vendors and for compensating them properly from the payment provided by ODJFS for the work. ODJFS would not consider a proposal from any vendor offering to perform only a portion of the work described in this RFP. Submitted proposals must address the entire scope of work, either through the efforts of one MBE vendor with the experience, quality, and capacity to perform the work alone, or through its partnership with other MBEs, or through its use of MBE sub-contractors. ODJFS cannot assist vendors in their formation of such working relationships.

Date: 10/29/2012

Inquiry: 26793


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Inquiry period ended:  10/29/2012 8:00:00 AM