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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
SoleSource #KM167687
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday August 9, 2018
Awarded to:
Vendor: Blackboard, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Amount: An estimated $235,000
An estimated start date of 7/20/2018 through 6/30/2019, 12 months
A hearing was conducted on July 18, 2018, to consider comments regarding the sole source request for Blackboard, Inc. On August 3, 2018, the CPO rendered the decision to approve the sole source request for #KM167867. Approval documents attached.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday, July 2, 2018
The University awarded a contract for Blackboard Transaction System Maintenance to Blackboard, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, for an estimated $235,000.
Blackboard Transact provides the hardware and software which is used to support NIU campus ID card programs and other financial transactions on campus.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is software license, upgrade or maintenance.

For additional information, contact:
Keri Moreland
107 Lowden Hall
DeKalb, IL
Phone: (815) 753-1373
FAX: (815) 753-6800
State Purchasing Officer - Margaret van Dijk

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.

July 18, 2018
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Margaret van Dijk
Phone:(217) 720-0293
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:
July 13, 2018
Register with:
Margaret van Dijk
Phone:(217) 720-0293

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
  • KM167687.pdf (443 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • Pt2-KM167687.pdf (46 KB)
Other Related Sole Source Documents
  • CPODecisionMemoKM167687.pdf (78 KB)
  • KM167687Pt2.pdf (46 KB)