County of Somerset New Jersey
PO Box 3000
COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
SOMERVILLE, NJ 08876-1262
MELISSA A. KOSENSKY, RPPO, QPA
NOTICE OF RFP
The County of Somerset is soliciting proposals through the competitive contracting process in accordance
with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-4.1, et seq.
Sealed RFP responses will be received by the Purchasing Agent on October 26, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. in
the Purchasing Division, County Administration Building, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, New Jersey 08876
at which time and place responses will be opened and read for:
Tuberculosis Control Physician and Nursing Services for Somerset County Chest Clinic Located
at the RWJBarnabas Health, Somerset, 110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876
CONTRACT #: CY-COM-0014-21
The Somerset County Purchasing Division is maintaining Social Distancing; therefore, it is encouraged to
Mail in your RFP responses in a timely manner via USPS, UPS and FedEx, etc. If they must be hand-
delivered, potential respondents may drop them off at the Main Entrance of the County’s Administration
Building, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, New Jersey 08876 and a Sheriff’s Officer will contact the Purchasing
Division to receive the responses.
We value the integrity of the procurement process, and due to the circumstances, the RFP opening will be
conducted via Live-Stream from the Commissioner’s Meeting room. You can access the Live-Stream from
the County’s homepage at the prevailing date and time stated in this Notice of RFP. During the RFP
opening process, the respondents will be announced as well as RFP amounts.
RFP responses must be made on the standard proposal forms, be enclosed in a sealed package bearing
the name and address of the respondent and the “RFP TITLE NAME & CONTRACT #” on the outside,
addressed to Melissa A. Kosensky, Purchasing Agent, at the address above.
Specifications and instructions may be obtained at the Purchasing Office or on the County Website,
Any RFP Addenda will be issued on the website, and processed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-
23(c)(1). All interested respondents should check the website from now through RFP opening. It is the
sole responsibility of the respondent to be knowledgeable of all addenda related to this procurement.
Respondents are required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C 17:27
Melissa A. Kosensky, RPPO, QPA
Legal Publication Date: September 27, 2021
To provide Tuberculosis Control Physician and Nursing Services for a five-year service contract
commencing on January 1, 2022 and expiring on December 31, 2026 at the Somerset County Chest Clinic
located at the RWJBarnabas Health, 110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville, New Jersey, 08876.
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Tuberculosis (TB) Program has designated RWJBarnabas
Health, as a member of the TB Specialty Provider Network. This designation is reserved for selected TB
clinics in New Jersey determined to provide a superior quality of care for the patients they serve. The TB
ambulatory care activities to be provided include clinical evaluation, treatment, prevention, and
epidemiology at the county level. The NJDOH as advised by its Tuberculosis Medical Advisory Board
supports the assignment of responsibility for appropriate treatment and the completion of therapy for
patients with Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the prescribing physician as a fundamental principle of its TB
prevention and control efforts statewide. The agency staff will be required to travel to the patient for
Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) and will have the ability to diagnose and treat patients in their residence
as well as in a clinic setting.
Respondents shall demonstrate expertise in both the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis consistent
with all applicable state and federal guidelines and standards of care, and further demonstrate that it
possesses the ability to perform these functions within the Somerset County Chest Clinic.
2. Administrative Conditions and Requirements
The following items express the conditions and requirements of this RFP. Together with the other RFP
sections, they apply to the RFP process, the subsequent contract, and project production. Any proposed
change, modification, or exception to these conditions and requirements may be the basis for the owner to
determine the proposal as non-responsive to the RFP and will be a factor in the determination of an award
of a contract. The contents of the proposal of the successful respondent, as accepted by the owner, will
become part of any contract awarded as a result of this RFP.
The dates established for respondent proposals, proposal review, contractor selection and project initiation
1. Release of RFP
2. Proposal Due Date
3. Evaluation Completed
4. Governing Body Action
5. Contract Execution
September 27, 2021
October 26, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
Proposal Submission Information
Submission Date and Time:
October 26, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
One (1) Original signed in ink & three (3) copies.
Three (3) ring binders or elaborate binding is unnecessary.
Office of the Purchasing Agent
Administration Building – 3rd Floor
20 Grove Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
Clearly mark the submittal package with the title of this RFP and the name of the responding firm,
addressed to the Purchasing Agent. The original proposal shall be signed in ink and marked to
distinguish it from the three (3) copies. Faxed or emailed proposals will NOT be accepted.
The County disclaims any responsibility for proposals received late by regular or express mail. If the
proposal is sent by express mail service, the designation must appear on the outside of the express mail
envelope. Proposals received after the designated time and date will be returned unopened (no
Only those RFP responses received prior to or on the submission date and time will be considered.
Responses delivered before the submission date and time specified above may be withdrawn upon written
application of the respondent who shall be required to produce evidence showing that the individual is or
represents the principal or principals involved in the proposal. After the submission date and time
specified above, responses must remain firm for a period of sixty (60) days.
Using Department Information
Somerset County Department of Health
27 Warren Street
PO Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
County Representative for this Solicitation
Please direct all questions in writing to:
Melissa A. Kosensky, RPPO, QPA
Fax: 908 575-3917
Questions by prospective respondents concerning this RFP may be addressed to Melissa A. Kosensky,
RPPO, QPA, Purchasing Agent for the County of Somerset in writing via fax at 908-575-3917 or by email:
PurchasingDiv@co.somerset.nj.us. Please note the aforementioned contact is authorized only to direct the
attention of prospective respondents to various portions of the requirements so that they may read and
interpret each portion for themselves. NO employee of the County of Somerset is authorized to give
interpretations of any portion of this RFP or to give information as to the requirements for the RFP in
addition to that already contained in the RFP unless as a formal addenda.
Interpretations of the RFP or additional information as to its requirements, when necessary, shall be
communicated to prospective respondents only by written addendum issued by the Purchasing Agent of
the County of Somerset.
Please identify the contract name, number and note Request for Information as the subject line when
submitting a request by fax or email.
Interpretations and Addenda
A. The respondent understands and agrees that its proposal is submitted on the basis of the
specifications prepared by the County. The respondent accepts the obligation to become familiar
with these specifications.
B. Respondents are expected to examine the specifications and related documents with care and
observe all their requirements. Ambiguities, errors or omissions noted by respondent should be
promptly reported in writing to the Purchasing Agent. In the event the respondent fails to notify
the County of such ambiguities, errors or omissions, the respondent shall be bound by the
C. No oral interpretation of the meaning of the specifications will be made to any potential
respondent. Every request for an interpretation shall be in writing, addressed to the Purchasing
Agent, referencing the Contract Name and Contract Number in the subject line, at
PurchasingDiv@co.somerset.nj.us. In order to be given consideration, written requests for
interpretation and or clarification must be received at last three (3) business days prior to the date
fixed for the opening of the proposals.
D. All interpretations, clarifications and any supplemental instructions will be in the form of written
addenda to the specifications, and will be distributed to all prospective bidders. All addenda so
issued shall become part of the specification and RFP documents, and shall be acknowledged by the
respondent by completing the Acknowledgement of Receipt of Addenda form. The County’s
interpretations or corrections thereof shall be final.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-23(c)(1) when issuing addenda, the owner shall provide required
notice prior to official receipt of proposals to any person who has submitted a response or who has
received a RFP package. They will be sent via electronic transmissions to those known recipients of
the RFP specifications.
Discrepancies in RFP’s
If the amount shown in words and its equivalent figures do not agree, the written words
shall be binding. Ditto marks are not considered writing or printing and shall not be used.
In the event that there is a discrepancy between the unit prices and the extended totals, the
unit price shall prevail. In the event there is an error of the summation of the extended
totals, the computation by the County of the extended totals shall govern.
Quantities of Estimate
Wherever the estimated quantities of work to be done are shown in any section of this RFP, including the
Proposal Cost Form, they are given for use in comparing proposals. The owner especially reserves the
right (except as herein otherwise specifically limited) to increase or diminish the quantities as may be
deemed reasonably necessary or desirable by the owner to complete the work detailed by the contract.
Such increase or diminution shall in no way violate this contract, nor shall any such increase or diminution
give cause for claims or liability for damages.
Cost Liability and Additional Costs
The owner assumes no responsibility and liability for costs incurred by the respondents prior to the
issuance of an agreement. The liability of the owner shall be limited to the terms and conditions of the
Respondents will assume responsibility for all costs not stated in their proposals. All unit rates either
stated in the proposal or used as a basis for its pricing are required to be all-inclusive. Additional charges,
unless incurred for additional work performed by request of the owner as noted in 2.6, are not to be billed
and will not be paid.
Statutory and Other Requirements
Compliance with Laws
Any contract entered into between the contractor and the owner must be in accordance with and subject
to compliance by both parties with the New Jersey Local Public Contracts Law. The contractor must agree
to comply with the non-discrimination provisions and all other laws and regulations applicable to the
performance of services there under. The respondent shall sign and acknowledge such forms and
certificates as may be required by this section.
Mandatory EEO/Affirmative Action Compliance - N.J.S.A 10:5-31 et seq. and
N.J.A.C 17:27 et seq.
No firm may be issued a contract unless it complies with the affirmative action provisions of N.J.S.A. 10:5-
31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27-1 et seq. as administered by the Division of Purchase & Property Contract
Compliance and Audit Unit (Division) and provided below. The contract will include the language included
as attachment A in this specification.
1. Goods, Professional Services and Service Contracts
Each contractor shall submit to the public agency, after notification of award but prior to execution
of a goods and services contract, one of the following three documents:
i. A Letter of Federal Approval indicating that the vendor is under an existing federally approved
or sanctioned affirmative action program. A copy of the letter must be provided by the vendor
to the Public Agency and Division. This approval letter is valid for one year from the date of
ii. A Certificate of Employee Information Report (hereafter “Certificate”), issued in accordance with
N.J.A.C. 17:27 et seq. The vendor must provide a copy of the Certificate to the Public Agency
as evidence of its compliance with the regulations. The Certificate represents the review and
approval of the vendor’s Employee Information Report, Form AA-302 by the Division
iii. The successful respondent shall complete an Initial Employee Report, Form AA-302 and submit
it to the Division with a check or money order for $150.00 made payable to “Treasurer, State of
New Jersey" www.state.nj.us/treasury/contract_compliance
The form shall be properly executed.
New Jersey Anti-Discrimination – N.J.S.A. 10:2-1
There shall be no discrimination against any employee engaged in the work required to produce the goods
and services covered by any contract resulting from this bid, or against any applicant to such employment
because of race, religion, sex, national origin, creed, color, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or
sexual orientation, familial status, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or
nationality. This provision shall include, but not be limited to the following: employment upgrading,
demotion, transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other
forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship. The contractor shall insert a
similar provision in all subcontracts for services to be covered by any contract resulting from this RFP.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - 42 U.S.C. S121 01 et seq.
Discrimination on the basis of disability in contracting for the delivery of services is prohibited.
Respondents are required to read American with Disabilities language that is part of the documents
attached hereto and agree that the provisions of Title II of the Act are made part of the contract. The
contractor is obligated to comply with the Act and hold the owner harmless.
Ownership Disclosure - N.J.S.A. 52:25-24.2 (P.L. 1977 c.33)
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:25-24.2, no corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability
corporation, limited liability partnership, Subchapter S corporation or sole proprietorship, shall be awarded
a contract, unless prior to the receipt of the RFP response/bid or accompanying the RFP response/bid of
the corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability corporation, limited liability partnership,
subchapter S corporation or sole proprietorship, there is submitted to the County a statement setting forth
the names and addresses of all stockholders who own 10% or more of the stock, of any class or of all
individual partners who own a 10% or greater interest in the corporation, partnership, limited partnership,
limited liability corporation, limited liability partnership, Subchapter S corporation or sole proprietorship.
If one or more such stockholder or partner is itself a corporation or partnership, the stockholders holding
10% or more of that corporation’s stock, or the individual partners owning 10% or greater interest in that
partnership, as the case may be, shall also be listed. The disclosure shall be continued until names and
addresses of every non-corporate stockholder and individual partner, exceeding the 10% ownership
criteria established in this act has been listed. The form shall be signed and submitted with the RFP
proposal/bid whether or not a stockholder or partner owns less than 10% of the business submitting the
RFP proposal/bid. Failure to comply requires mandatory rejection of the RFP proposal/bid. The
Respondent shall complete and submit the form of statement that is included in this RFP.