Friday, August 12, 2011

RFP for Reprographics Services – from Solano County, CA

Well, I’m late on publishing this RFP opportunity, but I’m not going to apologize, since it’s your job, not mine, to find government-sector RFP and bid opportunities for your company!

As you can see, the deadline for submission was yesterday (unless they extended the RFP submission deadline date.)



Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received at the Purchasing Office, until August 11, 2011, 3:00 PM local time, at which time they will be publicly opened in accordance with the County of Solano specifications and contract documents.

Here’s some of the description of what this procurement is all about:

Division of Architectural Services (DAS) is a division within DGS that leads capital improvement planning and development of new and existing County facilities by providing quality architectural, engineering, project and construction management services for its customers. Currently, DAS has approximately 60 pending projects which consist primarily of Capital Projects, Design/Build, Job Order Contracting (JOC) Projects, and Tenant Improvements.

Facility Operations (FO) is a division within DGS that provides comprehensive facilities management services including project planning and implementation for small and mid-size construction related projects; assisting with capital project development and implementation; maintaining HVAC systems; and managing responsibility for exterior and interior building maintenance, which could consist of roofing, plumbing, electrical, locksmithing, signage, masonry and carpentry. Currently, FO has approximately 50 pending projects which consist primarily of Small Projects and Furniture Projects.

Joel’s further comments:

I’ve posted the RFP document in my Google Docs library, just so those of you who like to see how “reprographics services” RFP’s are explained can peruse through the RFP document.

Here’s the link to the RFP document for the aforementioned RFP procurement:

We complain about big government. And, rightly so. But, what do we, the business community, do to help government agencies, and, in particular, government-sector procurement agencies, streamline their business operations?

I’ve always found it stupefying that government agencies don’t get together (they, too, have their own “associations” and “get-togethers”, i.e, conferences, to discuss how they conduct business) to agree on a standard RFP (or ITB) format for the purchase of “reprographics services.” Think of how much time and effort (and MONEY) it would save if every government-sector procurement office, needing to go out for RFP’s (or Bids) for reprographics services used the same exact template! It ain’t rocket science, but, in spite of that, most procurement documents are very different. Why is that? That’s stupid. As I believe I’ve suggested (probably more than once) in the past, the IRgA should have taken on the project of developing a template for RFP (and Bid) documents for government-sector “reprographics services” procurements.

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