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Request for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) for Competitive Contracts

Title Brief Description Proposal Due Date
Evaluation of Illinois Pathways Initiative

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks to have an evaluation conducted to determine the effect of the Illinois Pathways Initiative (IPI) on building more effective Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Exchanges (LE) that align to the talent pipelines through the State of Illinois.  The Illinois Pathways Interagency Committee (IPIC) was formed to implement educational reform initiatives that support these structured pathways related to students’ academic and career interests.  Membership in IPIC is made up of one member each from the following:  ISBE; Illinois Community College Board (ICCB); Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE); Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC); the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO); and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).  The evaluation will include numerous stakeholder groups, as well as specific partners who have been key to implementing the Request for Information (RFI) and subsequent RFSP’s for planning and implementing.  The final evaluation report will include information about the effect that the IPIC has had on increasing the number of pathways; the quality of programs tied to the pathways; and the pathways’ curricular materials, assessment tools, and professional development directly tied to planning or implementing one of the eight cluster areas listed in the RFSP. 

March 9, 2015
2:00 PM CST
EMC Equipment, Maintenance, Support, and Services
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks to contract with a vendor to provide new EMC equipment (including any associated software and hardware), maintenance and support for new and existing EMC equipment, configuration and custom services and training.  The State Board’s current EMC equipment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS);
  • Storage Infrastructure;
  • Data Protection;
  • Backup and Recover;
  • Associated Hardware (i.e., adapters, cables); and
  • Associated Software (i.e., Archive and Tiering software, Storage Resource Management software, Utility software).
In order to ensure compatibility and proper functionality, only EMC products and services will satisfy the State Board of Education’s needs and is not intended to limit or restrict competition. 

The resulting contract with the awarded vendor shall have an initial term of five (5) years from the date of contract execution.  In no event will the total term of the contract, including the initial term, any renewal terms, and any extensions, exceed ten (10) years.  Subject to the maximum term limitation, the Illinois State Board of Education has the option to renew for the following terms:  four 1-year terms.
March 16, 2015
2:00 PM CST
Summer Food Service 2015 Promotion Campaign

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks to contract with a vendor to provide paid announcement space and slots targeting high-need areas and children across the state so that they may participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through approved feeding sites.  Eligible feeding sites are located in areas where at least fifty percent (50%) of the population is in the 185% poverty level.  High-need areas are determined by Free– and Reduced– price lunch school statistics found by year or through the census.  Eligible areas and tracts can also be identified using the Food Research and Action Center Summer Food Mapper.

The announcements contain information on accessing free summer meals as part of the SFSP.  The campaign includes placement of announcements, ads and signs, and thirty-second (:30) audio and video spots in print, electronic broadcast and other media that target the intended audience, including low-income populations, minorities and minority language participants.  (See SFSP Illinois Regions Map, Attachment II for described media regions.)  There are four SFSP regions within the state and this contract will be awarded on an all-regions basis or there will be no award made.  Proposals should include the number of paid spots to be placed; information on any free or additional ads/spots to run; costs(s); and media audience demographics.

The announcements, ads and/or signs will be designed, produced and provided by the State Board (through the Central Management Services agency [CMS] which is handling all the design work).   No other design or formatting costs will be incurred b y the vendor, except as requested or deemed necessary by ISBE.  The ad information replicates hotline and website information distributed by schools and the No Kid Hungry organization via posters, door hangers, fliers and through its website ( and ISBE’s webpage on the Summer Food Service Program.

The resulting contract with the successful bidder shall have an initial term which starts upon execution and runs through December 31, 2015.  In no event will the total term of the contract – including the initial term, any renewal items, and any extensions – exceed ten (10) years.  This contract does not include renewal options. 

March 23, 2015
2:00 PM CST

All RFSPs or Contract Award Notices for more than $20,000 are posted to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) Procurement Bulletin. The website address is

For your convenience, a list of the State Board of Education’s RFSPs that are currently available is found above.  However, if you would like to receive any solicitations, please access the website address above to register as follows.

  • Select the “Registration” button that is located at the top of the screen and complete the form. The form requests information needed for a “subscription” to the Bulletin and will be used to send automatic e-mails to your business.
  • When registering, select the class code(s) that best describes the services or commodities that you wish to provide to the State Board of Education, or to other state agencies, if you wish to be informed of their solicitations.
  • Once you register and select the class code(s), CMS will e-mail you when a solicitation, addendum or award notice is posted regarding the class code(s) that were selected.

If you need assistance, then please contact the Illinois Procurement Bulletin Help Desk toll free at 1-866-ILL-BUYS (1-866-455-2897). Please note that registration is not required if you only want to browse through the site; however, you need to register with CMS to view any RFSPs or solicitations.

Once you are registered, you may access a solicitation by clicking on “IllinoisBid”.  On the top right of the page, select “Sort Agency”. For State Board of Education’s solicitations, scroll down to “SBE” and click on the triangle. The solicitation that you are seeking will be listed. Click on the solicitation number and the RFSP will be located at the bottom of the screen as an attachment.

Resources for Proposal Development

Information that summarizes the requirements for submitting a proposal as outlined in the RFSP is available at Tips for Completing Requests for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) PDF Format.

Ethics Requirements

Information about ethics, registration and reporting requirements, and limitations on campaign contributions for certain vendors and bidders can be found at


Section 20-160 (b) of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (30 ILCS 500) requires that “every bid submitted to and every contract executed by the State on or after [January 1, 2009,] shall contain (1) a certification by the bidder or contractor that either (i) the bidder or contractor is not required to register as a business entity with the State Board of Elections pursuant to this Section or (ii) the bidder or contractor has registered as a business entity with the State Board of Elections and acknowledges a continuing duty to update the registration; and (2) a statement that the contract is voidable under Section 50-60 for the bidder’s or contractor’s failure to comply with this Section.”

The Agency must reject bids that do not comply with these provisions.

Further information about this process can be found in Section 1.5207 of rules governing Procurement (44 Ill. Adm. Code 1.5037).

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