La. Admin. Code tit. 34, § I-5521 - Procurement of Information Technology Consulting Services, Information Consulting Systems, Information Technology Services, Information Technology Equipment Using Multiple Awards

A. A multiple award is an award of an indefinite quantity contract for one or more information technology (IT) consulting services, IT systems, IT services, IT equipment or similar service to more than one contractor through the request for proposals or invitation to bid process. A multiple award may be in the state's best interest when award to two or more contractors is needed for adequate delivery, service, or availability. In making a multiple award, care shall be exercised to protect and promote the principles of competitive solicitation. Multiple awards shall not be made when a single award will meet the state's needs without sacrifice of economy or service. Awards shall not be made for the purpose of dividing the business or avoiding the resolution of tie proposals. Any such awards shall be limited to the least number of IT consultants, IT systems, IT services, or IT equipment necessary to meet the valid requirements of the Office of Technology Services. It shall be mandatory that the requirements of the Office of Technology Services that can be met under the contract be obtained in accordance with the contract, provided, that:
1. the state shall reserve the right to take solicitations separately if a particular service requirement arises which exceeds the scope specified in the contract;
2. the state shall reserve the right to take solicitations separately if the contract will not meet a nonrecurring or special need of the state;
3. the state reserves the right to use its own personnel to provide similar services when such services are available and satisfy the Office of Technology Services need.
B. Where multiple award contracts exist for IT consulting services, IT systems, IT services, IT equipment or similar service, the Office of Technology Services may utilize any of the following procedures prior to issuing task orders.
1. The Office of Technology Services may prepare a request for response that may include, if applicable, the following (A request for response is an informal process used to seek additional information to assist the state chief information officer (CIO) make a best value determination.):
a. a performance-based statement of work that includes such things as:
i. the work to be performed;
ii. location of the work;
iii. period of performance;
iv. deliverable schedule;
v. applicable performance standards;
vi. acceptance criteria;
vii. any special requirements (e.g. security clearances, special knowledge, etc.);
viii. the products or services required using generic description of products or services whenever possible;
b. if necessary or applicable, a request for submittal of a project plan for performing the task and information on the contractors experience and/or past performance performing similar tasks;
c. a request for submittal of a firm-fixed total price for the product and/or service which are no higher than prices in the multiple award contract;
d. submit the request for response to at least three multiple award contract holders, whenever available, offering functionally equivalent products and/or services that will meet the Office of Technology Services needs.
2. The CIO may issue task orders by allowing selected awardees to give oral presentations in lieu of written response to a request for response.
3. The CIO need not contact awardees prior to issuing an order if the CIO has information, such as price sheets or catalogs available to determine the best value for the state.
C. Evaluation and Selection of the Contractor to Receive the Task Order
1. In making a best value determination, the CIO shall place the task order(s) with the contractor(s) that meet(s) the Office of Technology Services needs. The Office of Technology Services should give preference (where allowable) to small entrepreneurships or small and emerging businesses when two or more contractors can provide the products and/or services at the same firm-fixed total price.
2. A best value determination is one that considers, in addition to underlying contract pricing, such factors as:
a. probable life of the product selected;
b. technical qualifications;
c. delivery terms;
d. warranty;
e. maintenance availability;
f. administrative costs;
g. compatibility of a product within the users environment;
h. users familiarity with the item or service; and
i. qualifications and experience of proposed staff.
3. The Office of Technology Services shall document in the procurement file the evaluation of the contractors response that formed the basis for the selection. The documentation shall identify the contractor from which the product and/or services were purchased, the products and/or services purchased, and the cost of the resulting order.

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La. Admin. Code tit. 34, § I-5521
Promulgated by the Office of the Governor, Division of Administration, Office of Technology Services, LR 42869 (6/1/2016).
AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 39:200(L).

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