Business owners will find that the State of Iowa offers many opportunities to sell goods and services. We hope the information provided entices your company to join the many other businesses currently providing goods and services to the State of Iowa.
The State of Iowa cannot operate without the goods and services of private businesses. Through your participation in an open competitive procurement process, the government and the taxpayer benefit from improved quality at lower prices.
The Iowa procurement code is designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all persons who deal with the procurement process. We look forward to your continued interest and participation in the procurement process within the State of Iowa.
The State of Iowa does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, its programs or activities pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) 42 USC § 12101.
This guide is provided for general information purposes only. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to amend, modify, override, or nullify any state statute, county ordinance, rule, policy, procedure or document used in the procurement process.
Vendor Frequently Asked Questions
All companies shall complete and submit to Central Procurement Bureau, a Vendor Application Form that asks for important address information of a company and identification of the commodities or services the company provides. In addition, the company must complete and submit a Federal Identification W-9 form to Central Procurement Bureau. There is no charge to get on the state bidders list. Vendor Application Forms are accessible on the State of Iowa Home Page - found at: Vendor Registration Process and Forms
Companies that work in the construction field shall have a "contractor registration number" from the Workforce Center Administration Bureau before entering into a contract. Information can be obtained directly from the, Iowa Workforce Development Department, Labor Services Division, (515) 242-5871.
An agency purchaser with the appropriate authority may purchase goods and services up to $15,000 without competition. Purchases up to $25,000 can be made without competition from a TSB. An agency may procure non-master agreement goods up to $50,000 per transaction in a competitive manner. Three or more informal quotes shall be obtained, unless quotes are not reasonably available or unless the item is purchased from a targeted small business. The agency shall document the quotes, or circumstances resulting in fewer than three quotes, in an electronic file attached to the order or in another format.
Central Procurement Bureau establishes statewide general and individual contracts for commodities or services which are used in high volume by state agencies. Generally, all other formal bidding for the purchase of commodities or services needed by agencies that are not otherwise exempt is done through the Central Procurement Bureau. The agencies and regent institutions which may by law purchase commodities and services independent of Central Procurement Bureau include: the Terrace Hill Commission, the Department of Transportation, Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, Iowa School for the Deaf, Department for the Blind, Iowa Prison Industries, Iowa Lottery and Iowa Communications Network.
A general contract is a group of commonly used items or services which are competitively bid to set prices for a specified period of time. Central Procurement Bureau, as a part of their service, cooperatively bids commonly used commodities or services based on estimated consumption in a specified period of time. A company awarded a general contract is obligated to offer those commodities or services to all participating state agencies and/or other governmental entities, regardless of their location within the State of Iowa. For additional information on this area of procurement, see the section entitled GENERAL OR INDIVIDUAL CONTRACT. Individual contracts are written exclusively for a particular agency or agencies and have the same conditions as described above.
The state attempts to determine the common-use items and the items that can most efficiently and economically be purchased using the competitive bid process. For a new commodity to be put on contract, an agency must notify Central Procurement Bureau of a need. If agencies identify a specific need for a commodity, Central Procurement Bureau may then begin the process of developing specifications and soliciting bids.
The Lead Agency will open Bid Proposals after the deadline for submission of Bid Proposals has passed. The Bid Proposals will remain confidential until the Evaluation Committee has reviewed all of the Bid Proposals submitted in response to this RFP and the Lead Agency has announced a notice of intent to award a contract. See Iowa Code Section 72.3. However, the names of Contractors who submitted timely Bid Proposals will be publicly available after the Bid Proposal opening. The announcement of Contractors who timely submitted Bid Proposals does not mean that an individual Bid Proposal has been deemed technically compliant or accepted for evaluation.
Vendors are requested to make appointments in advance and to limit the meeting to current information about the product or service. Visits to agencies are encouraged. Remember that informing an agency of your product or service does not result in a contract. A competitive process must be conducted.
Vendors will be notified via email based on the commodity codes they register under.
Bids must be submitted as instructed in the solicitation.
- Bids must meet the minimum specifications, including the unit of measurement, (i.e., case, package, each).
- Submit your bid as directed in the solicitation posting.
- Bid bonds, when required, must be included with the bid.
- Check the bid document for other mandated requirements carefully.
- Do not include any unauthorized additions, deletions or conditions.
Source: Iowa Department of Administrative Services, Central Procurement
Please view the following link for a detailed description of the Bid/Proposal Processes.
Yes, you may forward the invite to anyone you would like in your company. We find in most cases a sales rep or account manager is best equipped to complete this activity. Please note, however, that once a user name and password has been created, the invitation can no longer be forwarded. In this case, please contact your buyer to reissue your invitation.
Submit a support ticket here to our online host JAGGAER at: https://www.jaggaer.com/submit-supplier-support-request/
Please include your company’s Tax ID Number. This information is used to verify that you are with the company and that the correct company profile is being edited.
JAGGAER securely saves your company's information in its database; only select JAGGAER administrators and JAGGAER customer procurement specialists have access to your information. Your information will not be sold or used for any other purpose.
"Doing Business As." A name under which a corporation conducts business that is not the legal name of the corporation as shown in its Articles of Incorporation.
A Diversity Classification is a form that confirms that your company is certified by the government to be a Diverse Supplier.
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Or via telephone 8:00am to 8:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, at 1-800-233-1121 option 3. Please indicate to the representative that you are calling about the DAS Iowa Supplier Portal.