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1 Hall County Purchasing Dept “How to Do Business with Hall County”
2 Welcome to the Hall County Purchasing Department… Purpose of this document- Explain the role of Purchasing- Help vendors understand “How to do Businesswith Hall County”- Explain the procedures that Purchasing must complywith to meet state guidelinesUnderstanding how to respond to an RFP“What’s needed” from the vendorHow to write a response.
3 Purchasing’s Role To procure supplies, materials, equipment, and contracts for services for Hall County User Depts.Hall County uses a centralized system of purchasinggoods and services which are procured within thestatutes of the State of Georgia, Hall County PurchasingGuidelines approved by the Board of Commissioners andother procedures established by the Hall CountyPurchasing Dept.
4 Purchasing’s Role Goal of Purchasing: Our goal is to obtain and pay for quality goods and servicesat the lowest reasonable cost to the taxpayer and…To operate using the highest standards of ethical conductand professionalism while treating vendors fairly & equitablyand to maximize competition whenever possible.An environment of competition is most beneficial to both thebuyer and seller, and it is our policy to foster that environment.
5 Purchasing with Hall County can be rewarding… Hall County is a stable funding source - we have beenaround since 1818.In Fiscal Year 2009, Hall County spent approximately$102 million on goods, services and capital projects.(during an Economic Slowdown)Any company can place bids to Hall County as long asthe bid specs are met and they meet all criteria placedin the bid.We already have over 8,000 vendors on our bid list –these have been accumulated for several years.
6 State Guidelines for Purchasing Hall County follows all statues set forth by the State of Georgia for Procurement.Rules & Regulations are for the protection of the vendor and to promote the fairest most ethical procurement procedures.One of the main procedures set forth in these laws are the timelines bids are to remain open. Most timelines for goods and services are at the Discretion of the Purchasing staff, however others are not.Public Works Projects are required to remain open for a 30 day period. This also applies to any Capital Building Project and Requests for Proposal as Purchasing deems necessary.Again, these procedures are here to protect everyone’s interest and to promote a fair and ethical procurement process.
7 Types of Bids issued… Request for Proposals / Qualifications -Competitive Sealed ProposalInvitation for Bid-Competitive Sealed BidFax Bid-Informal Written Bid-Informal BidTelephone / Web Search BidProcurement Card Purchase- Small Purchase BidPrice Agreements / Contract Bids
8 Request for Proposal / Qualifications (RFP) The competitive sealed proposal method is used for the purchase of all goods and services where the competitive sealed bid method is neither practical nor advantageous, and where cost is not the primary consideration.Generally, competitive sealed proposals are used for procurements such as professional services, service contracts, highly technical equipment, etc.Competitive sealed proposals are advertised a minimum of twice, two weeks apart, in Hall County’s local newspaper, The Times, on Mondays.The competitive sealed proposal method may also be used for the purchase of goods and services less than $10,000.An Evaluation Committee reviews proposals according to criteria specified in the proposal document. The Hall County Board of Commissioners makes the final award approvals if bids are $10,000 and greater.
9 Invitation for Bid (IFB) The competitive sealed bid method is used where the cost of commodities and services is $10,000 or greater.Where there are clear and defined specifications available.Where cost is the primary basis of award.Competitive sealed bids are advertised a minimum of one time for basic commodities and services, and two times, two weeks apart, for construction projects in Hall County’s local newspaper, The Times, on Mondays.The Hall County Board of Commissioners makes the final award approvals for bids $10,000 and greater.
10 Fax Bids…The informal written bid method (fax bid) is used for the purchase of goods and services between $1,000 and $10,000.Written quotations are solicited informally and do not require formal advertising or approval by the Hall County Board of Commissioners.Beginning next week, these bids will be listed on our website to give more access to vendors wishing to submit proposals.Written documentation is required from the supplier through regular mail, facsimile, or hand-delivery to the Purchasing Department.
11 Telephone & Web Search Bids… The informal bid method is used for purchases of goods and services between $300 and $1,000.Quotations are solicited informally by telephone, facsimile or electronic mail.A minimum of three telephone / web quotes is required.
12 Procurement Card – Small Purchase When making purchases under $300 the buyer is to use his judgment as to source and number of quotations as well as type of quotations obtained.Quotations are solicited informally by user Hall County Departments who have been authorized by the Purchasing Department to purchase in this manner at their discretion.The Procurement Cards have many levels of security embedded in the card software which prevents items from being purchased if they do not meet the criteria set forth by Purchasing.
13 Price Agreements - Contracts Hall County has annual, semi-annual and quarterly contracts for frequently used items and services.The contracts are results of a bid, informal bid, telephone bid, proposal, or other legal method of procurement.The contract allows the County to order products or services directly from the awarded suppliers through the use of a Price Agreement document.Items may also be obtained on the open market through a competitive process any time the Department feels it is in the best interest of Hall County or the Contract Vendor can no longer meet its obligations.Examples: EMS & Inmate Supplies, Towing, Cleaning Services, Auto Parts, Landscape Services, Tires, etc.
14 How Bids are Solicited… Mail Solicitation-Bidder’s List is used to mail outNewspaper and Other Publications-The Times – others when necessaryPurchasing Dept Solicitation Center-Located in the Purchasing DeptGovernment TV Channel 18And…
15 Hall County Web Site @ www.hallcounty.org -Updates on bids are posted daily for most type bids and-Mondays for major projectsBids & Proposals15
16 Pre-Bid and Pre-Proposal Conferences… The nature of some bids and proposals require a pre-bid or pre-proposal conference to be held.Pre-bid conferences are held in order to clarify specifications, answer supplier questions regarding the specific bid or proposal, or to allow the supplier to perform an on-site review and inspection.Some pre-bid conferences are mandatory, and others are voluntary.Any changes to the original bid or proposal will be made in writing in the form of an addendum, and will be mailed and/or ed to all suppliers who originally received or have requested the solicitation.All questions and information requests must be directed to the appropriate Buyer to insure that all suppliers have the same information.
17 How To Submit a BidFollow the instructions set forth in the bid or proposal.All bids and proposals include a copy of the "Terms and Conditions" that list certain instructions pertaining to all solicitations. In addition, there are specific instructions included in the bid and proposal documents that are unique to that particular procurement.In order to submit a bid or proposal, the supplier must be able to responsibly meet the minimum requirements set forth in the solicitation.Suppliers who are unable to meet the requirements of the solicitation should indicate a "No Bid" in their response. It is important for the supplier to submit a response, even if it is a "No Bid." Repeated failures to submit a response may result in the supplier being removed from the County supplier’s list forthat specific commodity.
18 How To Submit a BidThe bid response should be clearly marked as "all or nothing," or similar wording if the vendor would not be receptive to splitting a multi-item bid with another vendor. The County reserves the right to make an award determined to be in its best interest, however, clarification of a supplier’s response may result in the bid being deemed non-responsive.Each bidder shall certify in writing that such bidder has not engaged in any collusive or anti-competitive practices in responding to a solicitation for bids or proposals.All bids or proposals must be submitted in the sealed envelope provided in the bid / proposal package, or in a sealed envelope or package clearly marked with the solicitation number and description, the date and time of the public opening, and company name in the upper left-hand corner. Bids should be mailedto the Purchasing Dept at the address provided in the bid document.
19 How Bids are ReceivedInvitation for Bids and RFPs must be in a sealed envelope or package before they will be eligible for consideration.The Purchasing Department must receive all bids and proposals on or before the date and time specified in the document.Late bids will not be considered and will be returned unopened to the supplier.A delay in delivery or failure to deliver by a third party delivery service (i.e., USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) is not an acceptable reason for late responses.The envelope or package will be time and date stamped, andplaced in a secure location until the date and time of thespecified bid opening.
20 How Bids are OpenedBids shall be opened publicly in the presence of one or more witnesses on the date and at the time and place specified in the solicitation documents.Suppliers and interested parties are invited to attend.During the opening of bids for “standard commodities and services,” the following information shall be read aloud:the name of each supplier submitting a sealed bid,pricing information including unit prices and the total,delivery information, and any other relevant information.At this time, for the stated type bids, info will be considered to be open record.During the opening of “proposals, construction projects, or professional services,” only the name of each supplier shall be announced.No other information will be disclosed nor shall the proposal be considered open record until the proposal is awarded by the County Commission.Once the bid or proposal is opened, submittals are reviewed by the User Department(s) for their evaluation and recommendation.
21 Late Bids, Withdrawals, Corrections Bids received after the date and time stated in the IFB or RFP will not be accepted.WithdrawalsA bidder wishing to withdraw their bid prior to the bid opening may submit a letter to the Purchasing Director requesting to withdraw.A bidder wishing to withdraw after the bids have been opened will be required to submit a letter with documented facts supporting the reason for withdrawal within two business days of the bid opening. If it was due to an error made, a clear and convincing justification must be made that an unintentional error occurred.CorrectionsIf an error is discovered prior to the opening, the supplier can submit a corrected sealed bid or proposal. The corrected document should be clearly marked that it supersedes the bid or proposal originally submittedGenerally, modifications to opened bids or proposals for reasonsother than obvious clerical errors are not permitted.
22 How Bids are EvaluatedBids are evaluated by Purchasing with assistance from the User Dept.The Purchasing Director will make a recommendation to the Commission based upon the evaluation results for approval or rejection. This recommendation is made to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.“Responsive” means the bidder conforms in all material respects to the requirements set forth in the solicitation.“Responsible” refers to the ability to perform as specified.Evaluation Committees: When proposals are evaluated by an Evaluation Committee, the proposals are scored based on the criteria set forth in the proposal.The committee may create a short list from proposals received and the top firms may be interviewed and if necessary the price may be negotiated with the highest scoring firm.Once the firm has been selected, the Evaluation Committee submits a recommendation to the Purchasing Director who then presents the recommendation to the Board of Comm. for their approval orrejection.
23 Responsibility of Bidders An apparent low bidder may not be recommended for award of a bid or contract if they are found to be non-responsible. The Purchasing Director, setting forth the reasons for “non-responsibility” or “non-responsive,” shall inform the bidder via written letter.Reasons that a supplier may be deemed non-responsible/responsive may include:-Previous supplier performance problems as documented in the supplier file.-Failure to meet contractual obligations after the award has been made.-Failure to conform to required delivery, specs, or detailed requirements.-Submission of a bid in such a manner that would prevent the establishment ordetermination of a firm bid price. Such qualifications would include refusing to hold firm prices or submitting bid prices subject to change due to manufacturer increases/decreases or market conditions, or minimum order quantities.-Submission of a bid that is contingent upon receiving the award of another bid.-Failure to provide a bid surety or meet insurance requirements when specifically required in the bid.-Submission of solicitation exceptions, when not acceptable to HallCounty based on its own best interests.
24 Disqualifications of Bids Bids may be disqualified by the Purchasing Director as a result of, but not necessarily limited to, the following reasons:-Failure:- to use the County bid schedule;-to return applicable compliance and or specification sheets;-to return applicable addenda;-to provide information on alternates or equivalents when allowed;-to provide bid bond when specifically stated will result in automatic rejection;-of bidder to sign all requested bid documents;-to submit bid by deadline will result in automatic rejection;-of supplier to extend prices;-to hold firm pricing;-to meet specified delivery requirements;-Prices for services or items that exceed the departmentsbudgeted amount allowed for these items.
25 What Happens When the Bid Award is Made? When an award of a bid or proposal is made a purchase order is issued, acontract is prepared, or a price agreement is established.Suppliers awarded annual contracts receive an Award Notice followed byorders from the User Department (end user) in the form of a priceagreement document, or voucher.When contracts are issued for projects or services, the supplier returns thesigned contract along with any required insurance and bonding documents.A copy of the executed contract, along with a Notice to Proceed, is sent tothe successful supplier so that work may begin once all documents havebeen returned and signed.
26 How to request Open Records after a Bid has been opened… Once a formal sealed bid is opened for “standard commodities and services,” it is considered to be open for review by the general public.If a supplier or other interested party would like to view a bid, an appointment should be made with Purchasing for an appropriate time to review the document. The hours of operation for the Purchasing Department are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Proposals, construction projects, or professional bid information is not available to the public until an award has been made by the County Commission.In accordance with State of Georgia Open Records Act, O.C.G.A. Section , copies of open records may be obtained by submitting a written request along with payment of the applicable service charge fee.The service charge fee is 25 cents per copied page plus staff time to research and prepares the documents. Purchasing has three working days to provide the information if it is available.
27 Ampersands…ProtestsAll protests concerning proposals, bids, or quotes should be made inwriting to the Purchasing Director, including specific reasons for theprotest.Pricing / QuotesAll prices quoted to or paid by Hall County are to be freight prepaid(f.o.b.) to the using department or the delivery location stated in the order,Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia.Payment TermsHall County’s normal payment terms are: Upon inspection and acceptanceof all items, amount due shall be paid within (30) thirty days of receipt ofcorrect invoice, as approved by Hall County, unless a shorter time is statedin the bid as a “prompt payment discount” and accepted by the County.S.A.V.E. Affidavits – Georgia Law now requires this form for verificationof U.S. Citizenship before any bids are awarded to any vendor.
28 How to be Placed on the Bidder’s List Suppliers interested in participating in the bidding process may be placed on Hall County's bidders list by completing a Bidder's Application Form downloadable from the County’s website.Suppliers will be required to list the commodity codes from a provided list, relating to the various materials, equipment, supplies, and/or services that they provide.The supplier will be placed on the Bidder's List for those commodities listed on the Bidder's Application Form.In order to remain on the Bidder's List, suppliers must maintain an “acceptable” or greater rating of providing goods and services to the County in a responsible manner.A supplier may submit a bid without being on the Bidder's List.Companies are responsible for updating their Bidder’s List Status
29 Hall County Web Site @ www.hallcounty.org On the Hall County homepage, click County DepartmentsCounty DepartmentsAt the next window,Click on the Purchasing Department’s name and it will direct you to the Purchasing Division Window29
30 Purchasing Department Window Once at this window scroll down till you see the “Bidder’s Application Download” and the “Commodity Codes lists”.Download the application, fill itout & return to us via or fax toBidder’s ApplicationDownload w/CommodityCode ListsOnce received you will be added to the Bidder’s List for future notification based upon the commodity codes you listed.
31 Bid Information updates on the Web Remember…Updates on Bids can be viewed by visiting our website atWatch for new & exciting opportunities each week here on the Website…Bids & Proposals31
32 How to Respond to A Request for Proposal Or Qualification Hall County Purchasing DeptHow to Respond toA Request for ProposalOr Qualification
33 Basic Elements of an RFP The competitive sealed proposal method is used for the purchase of all goods andservices where the competitive sealed bid method is neither practical noradvantageous, and where cost is not the primary consideration.Competitive sealed proposals are used for procurements such as professionalservices, service contracts, highly technical equipment, software, etc. Generally,this method is used for items over $10,000 but may also be used for the purchaseof goods and services less than $10,000 when necessary.Competitive sealed proposals are advertised a minimum of twice, two weeksapart, in Hall County’s local newspaper, The Times, on Mondays.Most RFP’s are issued to the public for a period of 30 days.
34 Elements of an RFPRFP’s are basically formatted the same with the each section being customized topertain to that particular RFP.Sections of an RFP:Background:This section will give the proposer the history that led up to this RFP being issuedand give some general information regarding the project.Scope of Work or Service:This section will describe in detail what the County is looking for in regards tothe RFP that has been issued. It will list specific information of what we expectto occur from the Vendor along with specific tasks to be done by the vendor –sort of like a blueprint for the Project.
35 Elements of an RFP Sections of an RFP continued: Content and Format of Proposal:This section gives step by step instructions as to how the County would like tosee the proposal formatted. Items requested include but are not limited to an:Introductory LetterExperience and WorkloadProject ApproachProject schedule (if applicable)Selection Process Information:This section will describe how the County will evaluate the proposals presentedby the interest vendors. It will describes how a committee is formed to read,analyze, and score each proposal. There is information telling how a “short list”will be made and interviews scheduled if necessary before making theaward to the most qualified vendor. Price is not considered until the“short list” has occurred.
36 Content and Format of an RFP This information varies from RFP to RFP. Each RFP is tailored specifically to suit the information needed for that particular RFP.Introductory LetterThis is generally the same for each RFP we issue. We request info onyour firm, former names and why you think your firm should be selected.Experience and WorkloadWe request information regarding your firm’s experience includingsimilar projects completed with detailed descriptions of each. We askthat you list all projects completed for Hall County (if any) and a list ofall current projects currently underway. In some RFPs, for example aRisk, the County will request that you list past Projectswith their project budgets and the final cost of each project. Thiswill give us an idea of how you handle the cost of projects.
37 Content and Format of an RFP Experience and Workload Continued:Another aspect of this section is your Firm’s Personnel Experience. Werequest a listing of team personnel that will be assigned to this project and theirbackground – resume. Any certifications needed to complete the projectby personnel must be listed here. Sub-Consultant Personnel should belisted here as well.Project ApproachThe section request a detailed description of how your firm proposes toapproach the particular project requested, including sufficient discussionof methodologies, and techniques for each work item.Project schedule (if applicable)A proposed time schedule and method to ensure that this schedule is metis requested if applicable.
38 Selection ProcessA Selection Committee is formed to review each proposal. Members of this committee are made up of various County staff whom have a stake in the proposal.Step One: The committee will evaluate the proposals and qualifications presented by the interested consultants. At this point a “short list is compiled”.Step Two: If necessary the committee will schedule interviews of the “short-listed” consultants.Step Three: After the committee narrows the field to the top candidates, fee proposals of the “short-listed” candidates will be evaluated and ranked.Any selection made as a result of this notice will be made without regard to race,color, religion, sex, or national origin.
39 30% 35% 20% 15% Approach to the Project Experience of the CATEGORYEXAMPLE CRITERIAEXAMPLEWEIGHTFACTOR(%)Approach to theProjectThe firm’s approach to the project must be comprehensive, meet theestablished objectives, and include proven public involvement techniques.While a detailed scope is not required, a specific approach to the County’sbreakdown of tasks and methods should be provided.30%Experience of theFirm and ProjectTeam on SimilarProjectsThe firm must demonstrate experience in the development of SewerMaster Planning for mid-sized Counties in the Metro North GeorgiaSewer Planning District, including an understanding of the impacts andimplications of consequences with water quality impacts to Lake Lanier.The experience should include productive and inclusive publicinvolvement processes for the development of such plans. The proposedproject personnel should have similar experience, preferably as a team.The quality of references will also be considered.35%TechnicalKnowledge andExperienceThe proposed project team must demonstrate knowledge and experiencein the disciplines needed to complete the project.20%Quality ofPresentationThe firm’s proposal must reflect a clear understanding of the project,provide an overview of the proposed scope of work, and state the relevantexperience of the firm and proposed team. The ability to convey complexconcepts, relate to a diverse population, and handle questions andconcerns during presentations will be considered.15%
40 Bid Information updates on the Web Remember…Updates on Bids can be viewed by visiting our website atWatch for new & exciting opportunities each week here on the Website…Bids & Proposals40
41 Hall County Purchasing Dept If you have any questions,Please give us a call at