Agencies should process their information technology and telecommunication procurement needs through the Office Management and Enterprise Services according to statutes, thresholds and procedures developed. All approvals should be submitted through PeopleSoft eProcurement (ePro)
With the passage of recent legislation (HB 1304), no agency shall expend or encumber any funds for the purchase, lease, lease purchase, lease with option to purchase, rental or other procurement of any information technology assets without the prior written approval of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). In addition, no state agency shall initiate or implement an information technology planned project without the prior written approval of the CIO. This means that an ePro requisition should always be submitted in advance of initializing the project. If you submit an ePro requisition for approval after the effective date of the contract/purchase order, the request could be denied and a ratification could be required.
For more information, please refer to the IT procurement web page.
When submitting an ePro requisition Plan Approval to OMES, agencies need to include all of the required standard documents, as applicable:
All exceptions to mandatory IT or Telecommunication statewide contracts should be submitted on an ePro requisition, with details as to why the exception is need. This request should also include all of relevant information identified above.
Request for Proposal, Request for Information, and Request for Quote
If the agency is preparing a request for proposal (RFP), request for information (RFI), or request for quote (RFQ), OMES would expect to see the entire set of applicable documents at the time of submission. If the OMES review includes RFP, RFI or RFQ documents, the agency should always submit these documents for approval prior to releasing to the public.
OMES may approve the release of the RFP, RFI or RFQ, but a secondary approval will be required for the final selected vendor. The contract (or agreement) should be submitted, and approved, prior to contract award. An ePro requisition should be used for this approval. All documents related to the procurement should be submitted with the ePro requisition, including the bid responses and evaluation documents and recommendation.
In some cases, an agency may not want to spend a significant amount of time developing documents, without knowing whether or not the project or concept will be approved. In this case it may be beneficial to request preliminary approval of a project prior to expending all the required effort on document development. If requesting a preliminary review (prior to finalizing the RFP, RFQ or RFI), you may request that OMES review the project concept by submitting an ePro requisition, detailed project description, and a requisition or purchase order (or document number). However, final approval will be required prior to releasing the document in final form to the public.
Statewide Information Technology Contracts
All statewide information technology and telecommunications contracts require approval prior to use. An ePro requisition and the vendor's quote should be submitted. Agencies should use all instructions and user's guides developed and posted with each statewide contract. Submission of documents not in accordance with the user's guide could result in approval delays. If a vendor includes terms that conflict with, or are in addition to a statewide contract, OMES may comment on the approval requesting the agency have the comments removed. OMES will work with statewide contract vendors as needed to remove such references to quotes as needed.
Exceptions to Mandatory Contracts
All exceptions to mandatory information technology or telecommunication statewide contracts should be submitted to OMES through ePro, with details regarding why the exception is needed.
Sole Source Documents
All information technology or telecommunication sole source procurement should be submitted in ePro, non-collusion form, sole source document, the vendor's quote, and any other supporting documentation to justify the purchase.
Any change to the contract's terms, cost or significant schedule changes should be submitted in ePro for approval. The change order form (or other internal agency paperwork) should be included in the request along with the reason for the change. A quote from the vendor stating the required effort, as applicable, should be included. The original contract document should be included unless size limitations prohibit.
P-Card purchases are treated the same as all other procurement. Approval requirements at statutory thresholds also apply to purchases completed utilizing a state P-Card.
IT Procurement will not approve agency-to-agency P-Card purchases over $5,000.00
Emergency acquisitions should be handled in accordance with Title 74 requirements. However, every effort should be made to obtain OMES approval or communication prior to proceeding with the purchase. Statutory references to the state purchasing director in terms of reporting requirements, should also include the state CIO.
Return of Documents
Please be sure to identify where and to whom all documents should be returned. Otherwise, OMES will return the document(s) to the person identified as the agency's "Agency Contact" person, by default.
If OMES has comments or requires additional information, you will be contacted as quickly as possible.
Please note: the above was developed as a guide. You may contact OMES if special circumstances such as exceptions to state statutes (Title 74 for instance) apply to your particular acquisition.
OMES may make comments and recommendations on agency requisitions. However, your agency is responsible for completing the procurement in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and statutes.
Questions about this information should be directed to the OMES Service Desk at email@example.com or (405) 521-2444.