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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois Math and Science Academy
SoleSource #IMSA15027
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Change Order
Published Friday May 8, 2015
Vendor: Educational Testing Service as Agent for AP Exams
Change Order Amount: $0

This procurement has been canceled due to recent change in the way that vendor will need to receive payments. This procurement is being replaced by IMSA15034
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Aaron M. Finder.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Friday March 27, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Educational Testing Service as Agent for AP Exams, Princeton, NJ
Amount: An estimated $63,500
An estimated start date of 5/20/2015 through 6/30/2015, 2 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Tuesday February 17, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Advanced Placement Exam Materials to Educational Testing Service as Agent for AP Exams, Princeton, NJ, for an estimated $63,500.
Advanced Placement Exams for Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) students seeking credits or advance placement in colleges and universities.
IMSA intends to procure Advance Placement (AP) Exams from Educational Testing Services (ETS). High school seniors take AP courses and then AP exams to be placed at the correct University level for that subject. If they place high enough, they receive university credit for the course saving the tuition and fees. This is a flow-through expense in that the students pay IMSA to take the test, and IMSA then pays ETS and administers/proctors the exams. No state dollars are spent.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the vendor, ducational Testing Services is the only entity that produces national standardized testing exams.

For additional information, contact:
Carla Carreno
Phone: (630) 907-5036
FAX: (630) 907-5976
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

February 18, 2015
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
February 13, 2015
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • IMSA15027Part1.pdf (272 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • IMSA15027Part2.pdf (49 KB)