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State of South Carolina
Request For Proposal
SFAA, Div. of Procurement Services
1201 Main Street, Suite 600
Columbia SC 29201
DESCRIPTION: Grants Management System
USING GOVERNMENTAL UNIT: SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
SUBMIT YOUR OFFER ON-LINE AT THE FOLLOWING URL: www.procurement.sc.gov
SUBMIT OFFER BY (Opening Date/Time): 08/13/2020 11:00 am (See "Deadline For Submission Of Offer" provision)
QUESTIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: 07/31/2020 5:00 pm email questions to email@example.com
(See "Questions From Offerors" provision)
NUMBER OF COPIES TO BE SUBMITTED: Two Online submissions, One Original and One Redacted Copy
Initial here if NO redacted copy is necessary __________
See Section II A “Submitting Confidential Information” clause, and Section IV “Submitting Redacted Offers” clause.
CONFERENCE TYPE: Pre-Proposal Conference
DATE & TIME: 07/31/2020 10:00 am
(As appropriate, see "Conferences - Pre-Bid/Proposal" & "Site Visit" provisions)
LOCATION: Online Only
(email firstname.lastname@example.org before 12:00 noon on 07/30/2020 for log-on instructions)
(See Section IIB “Conference – Pre-Bid/Proposal” clause)
AWARD & AMENDMENTS
Award will be posted on 09/09/2020. The award, this solicitation, any amendments, and any related notices will be posted at the following web address: http://www.procurement.sc.gov
You must submit a signed copy of this form with Your Offer. By signing, You agree to be bound by the terms of the Solicitation. You agree to hold Your Offer open for a minimum of 60 calendar days after the Opening Date. (See "Signing Your Offer" provision.)
NAME OF OFFEROR
(full legal name of business submitting the offer)
Any award issued will be issued to, and the contract will be formed with, the entity identified as the Offeror. The entity named as the offeror must be a single and distinct legal entity. Do not use the name of a branch office or a division of a larger entity if the branch or division is not a separate legal entity, i.e., a separate corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc.
(Person must be authorized to submit binding offer to contract on behalf of Offeror.)
(business title of person signing above)
STATE VENDOR NO.
(Register to Obtain S.C. Vendor No. at www.procurement.sc.gov )
(printed name of person signing above)
STATE OF INCORPORATION
(If you are a corporation, identify the state of incorporation.)
OFFEROR'S TYPE OF ENTITY: (Check one) (See "Signing Your Offer" provision.)
___ Sole Proprietorship ___ Partnership ___ Other_____________________________
___ Corporate entity (not tax-exempt) ___ Corporation (tax-exempt) ___ Government entity (federal, state, or local)
COVER PAGE - ON-LINE ONLY (MAR. 2015)
(Return Page Two with Your Offer)
HOME OFFICE ADDRESS (Address for offeror's home office / principal place of business)
NOTICE ADDRESS (Address to which all procurement and contract related notices should be sent.) (See "Notice" clause)
Area Code - Number - Extension Facsimile
PAYMENT ADDRESS (Address to which payments will be sent.) (See "Payment" clause)
____Payment Address same as Home Office Address
____Payment Address same as Notice Address (check only one)
ORDER ADDRESS (Address to which purchase orders will be sent) (See "Purchase Orders and "Contract Documents" clauses)
____Order Address same as Home Office Address
____Order Address same as Notice Address (check only one)
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF AMENDMENTS
Offerors acknowledges receipt of amendments by indicating amendment number and its date of issue. (See "Amendments to Solicitation" Provision)
Amendment Issue Date
Amendment Issue Date
Amendment Issue Date
Amendment Issue Date
DISCOUNT FOR PROMPT PAYMENT
(See "Discount for Prompt Payment" clause)
10 Calendar Days (%)
20 Calendar Days (%)
30 Calendar Days (%)
_____Calendar Days (%)
PREFERENCES - A NOTICE TO VENDORS (SEP. 2009):
**PREFERENCES DO NOT APPLY TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PER
SOUTH CAROLINA PROCUREMENT CODE SECTION [§11-35-1524(E)(5)(b)]**
PREFERENCES - ADDRESS AND PHONE OF IN-STATE OFFICE:
**PREFERENCES DO NOT APPLY TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PER
SOUTH CAROLINA PROCUREMENT CODE SECTION [§11-35-1524(E)(5)(b)]**
____In-State Office Address same as Home Office Address ____In-State Office Address same as Notice Address (check only one)
PAGE TWO (SEP 2009)
End of PAGE TWO
Table of Contents
ACQUIRE SERVICES (MODIFIED) 4
MAXIMUM CONTRACT PERIOD -– ESTIMATED (MODIFIED) 4
DEFINITIONS, CAPITALIZATION, AND HEADINGS (DEC 2015) 5
AMENDMENTS TO SOLICITATION (JAN 2004) 5
AUTHORIZED AGENT (FEB 2015) 6
AWARD NOTIFICATION (MODIFIED) 6
BID/PROPOSAL AS OFFER TO CONTRACT (JAN 2004) 6
BID ACCEPTANCE PERIOD (JAN 2004) 6
BID IN ENGLISH and DOLLARS (JAN 2004) 6
AUTHORITY AS PROCUREMENT AGENT (DEC 2015) 6
CERTIFICATE OF INDEPENDENT PRICE DETERMINATION (MAY 2008) 6
CERTIFICATION REGARDING DEBARMENT AND OTHER RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS (JAN 2004) 7
CODE OF LAWS AVAILABLE (JAN 2006) 8
DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OR UNFAIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE (FEB 2015) 8
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF OFFER (JAN 2004) 8
DRUG FREE WORKPLACE CERTIFICATION (JAN 2004) 8
DUTY TO INQUIRE (FEB 2015) 8
ETHICS CERTIFICATE (MAY 2008) 9
OMIT TAXES FROM PRICE (JAN 2004) 9
OPEN TRADE REPRESENTATION (JUN 2015) 9
PROTESTS (MAY 2019) 9
PROHIBITED COMMUNICATIONS AND DONATIONS (FEB 2015) 9
PUBLIC OPENING (JAN 2004) 9
QUESTIONS FROM OFFERORS (FEB 2015) 10
REJECTION/CANCELLATION (JAN 2004) 10
RESPONSIVENESS/IMPROPER OFFERS (JUN 2015) 10
SIGNING YOUR OFFER (JAN 2004) 10
STATE OFFICE CLOSINGS (JAN 2004) 11
SUBMITTING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION (FEB 2015) 11
SUBMITTING A PAPER OFFER OR MODIFICATION (MAR 2015) 12
TAX CREDIT FOR SUBCONTRACTING WITH DISADVANTAGED SMALL BUSINESSES (JAN 2008) 12
VENDOR REGISTRATION MANDATORY (JAN 2006) 12
WITHDRAWAL OR CORRECTION OF OFFER (JAN 2004) 13
CONFERENCE - PRE-BID/PROPOSAL (JAN 2006) 14
CONTENTS OF OFFER (RFP) (FEB 2015) 14
DEMONSTRATION SCRIPT 14
ELECTRONIC COPIES - REQUIRED MEDIA AND FORMAT (MODIFIED) 15
ON-LINE BIDDING INSTRUCTIONS (MAR 2015) 16
OPENING PROPOSALS -- INFORMATION NOT DIVULGED (FEB 2015) 16
PROTEST - CPO - ITMO ADDRESS (JUN 2006) 14
DELIVERY/PERFORMANCE LOCATION -- SPECIFIED (MODIFIED) 18
OPERATIONAL MANUALS (JAN 2006) 18
TECHNICAL SUPPORT -- INCLUDED (MODIFIED) 18
TRAINING (MODIFIED) 18
INFORMATION FOR OFFERORS TO SUBMIT -- GENERAL (MAR 2015) 20
INFORMATION FOR OFFERORS TO SUBMIT -- EVALUATION (JAN 2006) 20
MINORITY PARTICIPATION (DEC 2015) 24
SUBMITTING REDACTED OFFERS (MAR 2015) 25
QUALIFICATIONS OF OFFEROR (MAR 2015) 26
QUALIFICATIONS – REQUIRED INFORMATION (MODIFIED) 24
AWARD CRITERIA -- PROPOSALS (JAN 2006) 27
AWARD TO ONE OFFEROR (JAN 2006) 27
COMPETITION FROM PUBLIC ENTITIES (JAN 2006) 27
DISCUSSIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS - OPTIONAL (FEB 2015) 27
EVALUATION FACTORS -- PROPOSALS (JAN 2006) 27
ASSIGNMENT, NOVATION, AND CHANGE OF NAME, IDENTITY, OR STRUCTURE (FEB 2015) 29
BANKRUPTCY - GENERAL (FEB 2015) 29
CHOICE-OF-LAW (JAN 2006) 29
CONTRACT DOCUMENTS and ORDER OF PRECEDENCE (MODIFIED) 29
DISCOUNT FOR PROMPT PAYMENT (JAN 2006) 30
DISPUTES (JAN 2006) 30
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (JAN 2006) 30
FALSE CLAIMS (JAN 2006) 30
FIXED PRICING REQUIRED (JAN 2006) 30
NO INDEMNITY OR DEFENSE (FEB 2015) 31
NOTICE (JAN 2006) 31
OPEN TRADE (JUN 2015) 31
PAYMENT and INTEREST (FEB 2015) 31
PUBLICITY (JAN 2006) 31
PURCHASE ORDERS (JAN 2006) 32
SURVIVAL OF OBLIGATIONS (JAN 2006) 32
TAXES (JAN 2006) 32
TERMINATION DUE TO UNAVAILABILITY OF FUNDS (JAN 2006) 32
THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARY (JAN 2006) 32
WAIVER (JAN 2006) 32
CHANGES (JAN 2006) 33
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS (JAN 2006) 33
CONFERENCE -- PRE-PERFORMANCE (JAN 2006) 34
CONTRACTOR PERSONNEL (JAN 2006) 36
CONTRACTOR'S OBLIGATION -- GENERAL (JAN 2006) 36
DEFAULT (JAN 2006) 36
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION (NOV 2008) 37
LICENSES AND PERMITS (JAN 2006) 42
PRICE ADJUSTMENTS (JAN 2006) 43
PRICE ADJUSTMENT - LIMITED -- AFTER INITIAL TERM ONLY (JAN 2006) 43
PRICE ADJUSTMENTS -- LIMITED BY CPI "OTHER GOODS and SERVICES" (JAN 2006) 43
PRICING DATA -- AUDIT -- INSPECTION (JAN 2006) 43
RELATIONSHIP OF THE PARTIES (JAN 2006) 44
TERM OF CONTRACT -- OPTION TO RENEW (MODIFIED) 45
TERM OF CONTRACT -- TERMINATION BY CONTRACTOR (JAN 2006) 45
TERMINATION FOR CONVENIENCE (JAN 2006) 45
DISENGAGEMENT SERVICES 33
SYSTEM CURRENCY 33
TRANSITION SERVICES 34
PRICE PROPOSAL (MODIFIED) 49
NONRESIDENT TAXPAYER REGISTRATION AFFIDAVIT INCOME TAX WITHHOLDING 55
OFFEROR'S CHECKLIST (JUN 2007) 56SAP
I. SCOPE OF SOLICITATION
ACQUIRE SERVICES (MODIFIED)
The State of South Carolina, by and through the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA), Division of Procurement Services, on behalf South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) is soliciting competitive proposals from qualified vendors to provide a secure web-based software-as-a-service Grants Management System (GMS).
The GMS solution must support the full grant lifecycle, unifying disparate data sources, files and processes. The solution will support the entire grant lifecycle workflow from Pre-qualification, Service Solicitation, Proposals, Award, Contract, Invoice, Modification, Progress Reporting, Monitoring, and Closure.
The basic objectives of the GMS are to:
1. Support the agency’s dual role as a grant-receiving organization (“Grantee”) and grant-making organization (“Grantor”)
2. Streamline interface for subrecipients by consolidating activities within the GMS
3. Provide accessible and transparent data to allow stakeholders to make informed decisions
The GMS must include modules for:
1. Multi-funder Project-Source Allocation
2. Sub-Recipient Management
3. Financial Import
4. Document Storage
5. Drawdowns, Reimbursements & Disbursements
6. Advanced tiered & roll-up Reporting
The offeror must be able to provide grant consulting services in the areas of:
1. Strategic Planning
2. Grant Life-Cycle Management
3. Monitoring and Evaluating, and
4. Grant project management
MAXIMUM CONTRACT PERIOD (MODIFIED)
Start date: 09/19/2020. End date: 09/18/2027. Dates provided are estimates only. Any resulting contract will begin on the date specified in the notice of award. See clause entitled "Term of Contract - Effective Date/Initial Contract Period".
The initial term of the contract will be one year, and there will be six one-year options to renew. The maximum contract life is seven years.
II. INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS - A. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
DEFINITIONS, CAPITALIZATION, AND HEADINGS (DEC 2015)
CLAUSE HEADINGS USED IN THIS SOLICITATION ARE FOR CONVENIENCE ONLY AND SHALL NOT BE USED TO CONSTRUE MEANING OR INTENT. EVEN IF NOT CAPITALIZED, THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS ARE APPLICABLE TO ALL PARTS OF THE SOLICITATION, UNLESS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE.
a. AMENDMENT means a document issued to supplement the original solicitation document.
b. AUTHORITY means the State Fiscal Accountability Authority or its successor in interest.
c. BUSINESS means any corporation, partnership, individual, sole proprietorship, joint stock company, joint venture, or any other legal entity. [11-35-310(3)]
d. CHANGE ORDER means any written alteration in specifications, delivery point, rate of delivery, period of performance, price, quantity, or other provisions of any contract accomplished by mutual agreement of the parties to the contract. [11-35-310(4)]
e. CONTRACT See clause entitled Contract Documents & Order of Precedence.
f. CONTRACT MODIFICATION means a written order signed by the procurement officer, directing the contractor to make changes which the clause of the contract titled "Changes," if included herein, authorizes the Procurement Officer to order without the consent of the contractor. [11-35-310(9)]
g. CONTRACTOR means the Offeror receiving an award as a result of this solicitation.
h. COVER PAGE means the top page of the original solicitation on which the solicitation is identified by number. Offerors are cautioned that Amendments may modify information provided on the Cover Page.
i. OFFER means the bid or proposal submitted in response this solicitation. The terms Bid and Proposal are used interchangeably with the term Offer.
j. OFFEROR means the single legal entity submitting the offer. The term Bidder is used interchangeably with the term Offeror. See bidding provisions entitled Signing Your Offer and Bid/Proposal As Offer To Contract.
k. PAGE TWO means the second page of the original solicitation, which is labeled Page Two.
l. PROCUREMENT OFFICER means the person, or his successor, identified as such on either the Cover Page, an amendment, or an award notice.
m. YOU and YOUR means Offeror.
n. SOLICITATION means this document, including all its parts, attachments, and any Amendments.
o. STATE means the Using Governmental Unit(s) identified on the Cover Page.
p. SUBCONTRACTOR means any person you contract with to perform or provide any part of the work.
q. US or WE mean the using governmental unit.
r. USING GOVERNMENTAL UNIT means the unit(s) of government identified as such on the Cover Page. If the Cover Page identifies the Using Governmental Unit as "Statewide Term Contract," the phrase "Using Governmental Unit" means any South Carolina Public Procurement Unit [11-35-4610(5)] that has submitted a Purchase Order to you pursuant to the contract resulting from this solicitation. Reference the clauses titled "Purchase Orders" and "Statewide Term Contract."
s. WORK means all labor, materials, equipment, services, or property of any type, provided or to be provided by the Contractor to fulfill the Contractor's obligations under the Contract.
AMENDMENTS TO SOLICITATION (JAN 2004)
A. The Solicitation may be amended at any time prior to opening. All actual and prospective Offerors should monitor the following web site for the issuance of Amendments: www.procurement.sc.gov .
B. Offerors shall acknowledge receipt of any amendment to this solicitation:
(1) by signing and returning the amendment;
(2) by identifying the amendment number and date in the space provided for this purpose on Page Two;
(3) by letter; or
(4) by submitting a bid that indicates in some way that the bidder received the amendment.
C. If this solicitation is amended, then all terms and conditions which are not modified remain unchanged. [02-2A005-1]
AUTHORIZED AGENT (FEB 2015)
All authority regarding this procurement is vested solely with the responsible Procurement Officer. Unless specifically delegated in writing, the Procurement Officer is the only government official authorized to bind the government with regard to this procurement or the resulting contract. [02-2A007-1]
AWARD NOTIFICATION (MODIFIED)
Notice regarding any award, cancellation of award, or extension of award will be posted at the location and on the date specified on the Cover Page or, if applicable, any notice of extension of award. Should the contract resulting from this Solicitation have a total or potential value of one hundred thousand dollars or more, such notice will be sent electronically to all Offerors responding to the Solicitation and any award will not be effective until the calendar day (including weekends and holidays) immediately following the seventh business day after such notice is given.
BID/PROPOSAL AS OFFER TO CONTRACT (JAN 2004)
By submitting Your Bid or Proposal, You are offering to enter into a contract with the Using Governmental Unit(s). Without further action by either party, a binding contract shall result upon final award. Any award issued will be issued to, and the contract will be formed with, the entity identified as the Offeror on the Cover Page. An Offer may be submitted by only one legal entity; "joint bids" are not allowed. [02-2A015-1]
BID ACCEPTANCE PERIOD (JAN 2004)
In order to withdraw Your Offer after the minimum period specified on the Cover Page, You must notify the Procurement Officer in writing. [02-2A020-1]
BID IN ENGLISH and DOLLARS (JAN 2004)
Offers submitted in response to this solicitation shall be in the English language and in US dollars, unless otherwise permitted by the Solicitation. [02-2A025-1]
AUTHORITY AS PROCUREMENT AGENT (DEC 2015)
The Procurement Officer is an employee of the Authority acting on behalf of the Using Governmental Unit(s) pursuant to the Consolidated Procurement Code. Any contracts awarded as a result of this procurement are between the Contractor and the Using Governmental Units(s). The Authority is not a party to such contracts, unless and to the extent that the Authority is a using governmental unit, and bears no liability for any party's losses arising out of or relating in any way to the contract. [02-2A030-3]
CERTIFICATE OF INDEPENDENT PRICE DETERMINATION (MAY 2008)
GIVING FALSE, MISLEADING, OR INCOMPLETE INFORMATION ON THIS CERTIFICATION MAY RENDER YOU SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION UNDER SECTION 16-9-10 OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS AND OTHER APPLICABLE LAWS.
A. By submitting an offer, the offeror certifies that-
(1) The prices in this offer have been arrived at independently, without, for the purpose of restricting competition, any consultation, communication, or agreement with any other offeror or competitor relating to-
(i) Those prices;
(ii) The intention to submit an offer; or
(iii) The methods or factors used to calculate the prices offered.
(2) The prices in this offer have not been and will not be knowingly disclosed by the offeror, directly or indirectly, to any other offeror or competitor before bid opening (in the case of a sealed bid solicitation) or contract award (in the case of a negotiated solicitation) unless otherwise required by law; and
(3) No attempt has been made or will be made by the offeror to induce any other concern to submit or not to submit an offer for the purpose of restricting competition.
B. Each signature on the offer is considered to be a certification by the signatory that the signatory-
(1) Is the person in the offeror's organization responsible for determining the prices being offered in this bid or proposal, and that the signatory has not participated and will not participate in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this certification; or
(2)(i) Has been authorized, in writing, to act as agent for the offeror's principals in certifying that those principals have not participated, and will not participate in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this certification [As used in this subdivision (b)(2)(i), the term "principals" means the person(s) in the offeror's organization responsible for determining the prices offered in this bid or proposal];
(ii) As an authorized agent, does certify that the principals referenced in subdivision (b)(2)(i) of this certification have not participated, and will not participate, in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this certification; and
(iii) As an agent, has not personally participated, and will not participate, in any action contrary to paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(3) of this certification.
C. If the offeror deletes or modifies paragraph (a)(2) of this certification, the offeror must furnish with its offer a signed statement setting forth in detail the circumstances of the disclosure. [02-2A032-1]
CERTIFICATION REGARDING DEBARMENT AND OTHER RESPONSIBILITY MATTERS (JAN 2004)
A. (1) By submitting an Offer, Offeror certifies, to the best of its knowledge and belief, that-
(i) Offeror and/or any of its Principals-
(a) Are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or declared ineligible for the award of contracts by any state or federal agency;
(b) Have not, within a three-year period preceding this offer, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against them for: commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public (Federal, state, or local) contract or subcontract; violation of Federal or state antitrust statutes relating to the submission of offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax evasion, or receiving stolen property; and
(c) Are not presently indicted for, or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity with, commission of any of the offenses enumerated in paragraph (a)(1)(i)(B) of this provision.
(ii) Offeror has not, within a three-year period preceding this offer, had one or more contracts terminated for default by any public (Federal, state, or local) entity.
(2) "Principals," for the purposes of this certification, means officers; directors; owners; partners; and, persons having primary management or supervisory responsibilities within a business entity (e.g., general manager; plant manager; head of a subsidiary, division, or business segment, and similar positions).
B. Offeror shall provide immediate written notice to the Procurement Officer if, at any time prior to contract award, Offeror learns that its certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of changed circumstances.
C. If Offeror is unable to certify the representations stated in paragraphs (a)(1), Offer must submit a written explanation regarding its inability to make the certification. The certification will be considered in connection with a review of the Offeror's responsibility. Failure of the Offeror to furnish additional information as requested by the Procurement Officer may render the Offeror non-responsible.
D. Nothing contained in the foregoing shall be construed to require establishment of a system of records in order to render, in good faith, the certification required by paragraph (a) of this provision. The knowledge and information of an Offeror is not required to exceed that which is normally possessed by a prudent person in the ordinary course of business dealings.
E. The certification in paragraph (a) of this provision is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when making award. If it is later determined that the Offeror knowingly or in bad faith rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to other remedies available to the State, the Procurement Officer may terminate the contract resulting from this solicitation for default.
CODE OF LAWS AVAILABLE (JAN 2006)
The South Carolina Code of Laws, including the Consolidated Procurement Code, is available at:
The South Carolina Regulations are available at:
DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OR UNFAIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE (FEB 2015)
You warrant and represent that your offer identifies and explains any unfair competitive advantage you may have in competing for the proposed contract and any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise from your participation in this competition or your receipt of an award. The two underlying principles are (a) preventing the existence of conflicting roles that might bias a contractor's judgment, and (b) preventing an unfair competitive advantage. If you have an unfair competitive advantage or a conflict of interest, the state may withhold award. Before withholding award on these grounds, an offeror will be notified of the concerns and provided a reasonable opportunity to respond. Efforts to avoid or mitigate such concerns, including restrictions on future activities, may be considered. Without limiting the foregoing, you represent that your offer identifies any services that relate to either this solicitation or the work and that has already been performed by you, a proposed subcontractor, or an affiliated business of either. [02-2A047-2]
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF OFFER (JAN 2004)
Any offer received after the Procurement Officer of the governmental body or his designee has declared that the time set for opening has arrived, shall be rejected unless the offer has been delivered to the designated purchasing office or the governmental body's mail room which services that purchasing office prior to the opening. [R.19-445.2070(G)] [02-2A050-1]
DRUG FREE WORK PLACE CERTIFICATION (JAN 2004)
By submitting an Offer, Contractor certifies that, if awarded a contract, Contractor will comply with all applicable provisions of The Drug-free Workplace Act, Title 44, Chapter 107 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended. [02-2A065-1]
DUTY TO INQUIRE (FEB 2015)
Offeror, by submitting an Offer, represents that it has read and understands the Solicitation and that its Offer is made in compliance with the Solicitation. Offerors are expected to examine the Solicitation thoroughly and should request an explanation of any ambiguities, discrepancies, errors, omissions, or conflicting statements in the Solicitation. Failure to do so will be at the Offeror's risk. All ambiguities, discrepancies, errors, omissions, or conflicting statements in the Solicitation shall be interpreted to require the better quality or greater quantity of work and/or materials, unless otherwise directed by amendment. Offeror assumes responsibility for any patent ambiguity in the Solicitation that Offeror does not bring to the State's attention. See clause entitled "Questions from Offerors." [02-2A070-2]
ETHICS CERTIFICATE (MAY 2008)
By submitting an offer, the offeror certifies that the offeror has and will comply with, and has not, and will not, induce a person to violate Title 8, Chapter 13 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended (ethics act). The following statutes require special attention: Section 8-13-700, regarding use of official position for financial gain; Section 8-13-705, regarding gifts to influence action of public official; Section 8-13-720, regarding offering money for advice or assistance of public official; Sections 8-13-755 and 8-13-760, regarding restrictions on employment by former public official; Section 8-13-775, prohibiting public official with economic interests from acting on contracts; Section 8-13-790, regarding recovery of kickbacks; Section 8-13-1150, regarding statements to be filed by consultants; and Section 8-13-1342, regarding restrictions on contributions by contractor to candidate who participated in awarding of contract. The state may rescind any contract and recover all amounts expended as a result of any action taken in violation of this provision. If contractor participates, directly or indirectly, in the evaluation or award of public contracts, including without limitation, change orders or task orders regarding a public contract, contractor shall, if required by law to file such a statement, provide the statement required by Section 8-13-1150 to the procurement officer at the same time the law requires the statement to be filed. [02-2A075-2]
OMIT TAXES FROM PRICE (JAN 2004)
Do not include any sales or use taxes in Your price that the State may be required to pay. [02-2A080-1]
OPEN TRADE REPRESENTATION (JUN 2015)
By submitting an Offer, Offeror represents that Offeror is not currently engaged in the boycott of a person or an entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction with whom South Carolina can enjoy open trade, as defined in SC Code Section 11-35-5300. [02-2A083-1]
PROTESTS (MAY 2019)
If you are aggrieved in connection with the solicitation or award of the contract, you may be entitled to protest, but only as provided in Section 11-35-4210. To protest a solicitation, you must submit a protest within fifteen days of the date the applicable solicitation document is issued. To protest an award, you must (i) submit notice of your intent to protest within seven business days of the date the award notice is posted, and (ii) submit your actual protest within fifteen days of the date the award notice is posted. Days are calculated as provided in Section 11-35-310(13). Both protests and notices of intent to protest must be in writing and must be received by the appropriate Chief Procurement Officer within the time provided. See clause entitled "Protest-CPO". The grounds of the protest and the relief requested must be set forth with enough particularity to give notice of the issues to be decided. [02-2A085-2]
PROHIBITED COMMUNICATIONS AND DONATIONS (FEB 2015)
Violation of these restrictions may result in disqualification of your offer, suspension or debarment, and may constitute a violation of law.
(a) During the period between publication of the solicitation and final award, you must not communicate, directly or indirectly, with the Using Governmental Unit or its employees, agents or officials regarding any aspect of this procurement activity, unless otherwise approved in writing by the Procurement Officer. All communications must be solely with the Procurement Officer. [R. 19-445.2010]
(b) You are advised to familiarize yourself with Regulation 19-445.2165, which restricts donations to a governmental entity with whom you have or seek to have a contract. You represent that your offer discloses any gifts made, directly or through an intermediary, by you or your named subcontractors to or for the benefit of the Using Governmental Unit during the period beginning eighteen months prior to the Opening Date. [R. 19-445.2165] [02-2A087-1]
PUBLIC OPENING (JAN 2004)
Offers will be publicly opened at the date/time and at the location identified on the Cover Page, or last Amendment, whichever is applicable. [02-2A090-1]
QUESTIONS FROM OFFERORS (FEB 2015)
(a) Any prospective offeror desiring an explanation or interpretation of the solicitation, drawings, specifications, etc., must request it in writing. Questions regarding the original solicitation or any amendment must be received by the Procurement Officer no later than five (5) days prior to opening unless an earlier date is stated on the Cover Page. Label any communication regarding your questions with the name of the procurement officer, and the solicitation's title and number. Oral explanations or instructions will not be binding. [See R. 19-445.2042(B)] Any information given a prospective offeror concerning a solicitation will be furnished promptly to all other prospective offerors as an Amendment to the solicitation, if that information is necessary for submitting offers or if the lack of it would be prejudicial to other prospective offerors. See clause entitled "Duty to Inquire." We will not identify you in our answer to your question.
(b) The State seeks to permit maximum practicable competition. Offerors are urged to advise the Procurement Officer -- as soon as possible -- regarding any aspect of this procurement, including any aspect of the Solicitation that unnecessarily or inappropriately limits full and open competition. [See R. 19-445.2140] [02-2A095-2]
REJECTION/CANCELLATION (JAN 2004)
The State may cancel this solicitation in whole or in part. The State may reject any or all proposals in whole or in part. [SC Code Section 11-35-1710 & R.19-445.2065] [02-2A100-1]
RESPONSIVENESS/IMPROPER OFFERS (JUN 2015)
(a) Bid as Specified. Offers for supplies or services other than those specified will not be considered unless authorized by the Solicitation.
(b) Multiple Offers. Offerors may submit more than one Offer, provided that each Offer has significant differences other than price. Each separate Offer must satisfy all Solicitation requirements. If this solicitation is an Invitation for Bids, each separate offer must be submitted as a separate document. If this solicitation is a Request for Proposals, multiple offers may be submitted as one document, provided that you clearly differentiate between each offer and you submit a separate cost proposal for each offer, if applicable.
(c) Responsiveness. Any Offer which fails to conform to the material requirements of the Solicitation may be rejected as nonresponsive. Offers which impose conditions that modify material requirements of the Solicitation may be rejected. If a fixed price is required, an Offer will be rejected if the total possible cost to the State cannot be determined. Offerors will not be given an opportunity to correct any material nonconformity. Any deficiency resulting from a minor informality may be cured or waived at the sole discretion of the Procurement Officer. [R.19-445.2070 and Section 11-35-1520(13)]
(d) Price Reasonableness: Any offer may be rejected if the Procurement Officer determines in writing that it is unreasonable as to price. [R. 19-445.2070].
(e) Unbalanced Bidding. The State may reject an Offer as nonresponsive if the prices bid are materially unbalanced between line items or subline items. A bid is materially unbalanced when it is based on prices significantly less than cost for some work and prices which are significantly overstated in relation to cost for other work, and if there is a reasonable doubt that the bid will result in the lowest overall cost to the State even though it may be the low evaluated bid, or if it is so unbalanced as to be tantamount to allowing an advance payment.
(f) Do not submit bid samples or descriptive literature unless expressly requested. Unsolicited bid samples or descriptive literature will not be examined or tested, will not be used to determine responsiveness, and will not be deemed to vary any of the provisions of the solicitation. S.C. Code Ann. Reg. 19-445.2077(D).
SIGNING YOUR OFFER (JAN 2004)
Every Offer must be signed by an individual with actual authority to bind the Offeror.
(a) If the Offeror is an individual, the Offer must be signed by that individual. If the Offeror is an individual doing business as a firm, the Offer must be submitted in the firm name, signed by the individual, and state that the individual is doing business as a firm.
(b) If the Offeror is a partnership, the Offer must be submitted in the partnership name, followed by the words by its Partner, and signed by a general partner.
(c) If the Offeror is a corporation, the Offer must be submitted in the corporate name, followed by the signature and title of the person authorized to sign.
(d) An Offer may be submitted by a joint venturer involving any combination of individuals, partnerships, or corporations. If the Offeror is a joint venture, the Offer must be submitted in the name of the Joint Venture and signed by every participant in the joint venture in the manner prescribed in paragraphs (a) through (c) above for each type of participant.
(e) If an Offer is signed by an agent, other than as stated in subparagraphs (a) through (d) above, the Offer must state that is has been signed by an Agent. Upon request, Offeror must provide proof of the agent's authorization to bind the principal.
STATE OFFICE CLOSINGS (JAN 2004)
If an emergency or unanticipated event interrupts normal government processes so that offers cannot be received at the government office designated for receipt of bids by the exact time specified in the solicitation, the time specified for receipt of offers will be deemed to be extended to the same time of day specified in the solicitation on the first work day on which normal government processes resume. In lieu of an automatic extension, an Amendment may be issued to reschedule bid opening. If state offices are closed at the time a pre-bid or pre-proposal conference is scheduled, an Amendment will be issued to reschedule the conference. Useful information may be available at: https://scemd.org/closings/
SUBMITTING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION (FEB 2015)
(An overview is available at www.procurement.sc.gov ) For every document Offeror submits in response to or with regard to this solicitation or request, Offeror must separately mark with the word "CONFIDENTIAL" every page, or portion thereof, that Offeror contends contains information that is exempt from public disclosure because it is either (a) a trade secret as defined in Section 30-4-40(a)(1), or (b) privileged and confidential, as that phrase is used in Section 11-35-410. For every document Offeror submits in response to or with regard to this solicitation or request, Offeror must separately mark with the words "TRADE SECRET" every page, or portion thereof, that Offeror contends contains a trade secret as that term is defined by Section 39-8-20 of the Trade Secrets Act. For every document Offeror submits in response to or with regard to this solicitation or request, Offeror must separately mark with the word "PROTECTED" every page, or portion thereof, that Offeror contends is protected by Section 11-35-1810. All markings must be conspicuous; use color, bold, underlining, or some other method in order to conspicuously distinguish the mark from the other text. Do not mark your entire response (bid, proposal, quote, etc.) as confidential, trade secret, or protected. If your response, or any part thereof, is improperly marked as confidential or trade secret or protected, the State may, in its sole discretion, determine it nonresponsive. If only portions of a page are subject to some protection, do not mark the entire page. By submitting a response to this solicitation or request, Offeror
(1) agrees to the public disclosure of every page of every document regarding this solicitation or request that was submitted at any time prior to entering into a contract (including, but not limited to, documents contained in a response, documents submitted to clarify a response, and documents submitted during negotiations), unless the page is conspicuously marked "TRADE SECRET" or "CONFIDENTIAL" or "PROTECTED",
(2) agrees that any information not marked, as required by these bidding instructions, as a "Trade Secret" is not a trade secret as defined by the Trade Secrets Act, and...
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