Northern Illinois University
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Blackboard, Inc.Washington, DC
- Amount: An estimated $410,005
- Terms: An estimated start date of 8/9/2021 through 8/8/2022, 12 months
- Renewals: None
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0 VBP vendors
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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 since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Friday, January 22, 2021
The University awarded a contract for Blackboard Learn Maintenance, Hosting, and Support to Blackboard, Inc., Washington, DC, for an estimated $410,005.
This purchase is for the maintenance, hosting, and support of Blackboard Learn products are used extensively by the University's faculty, staff, and students. The Blackboard Learn platform is a course management system that allows distribution and receipt of class material by faculty and students, delivery of tests and surveys, and many other course-related activities. Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning solution which is used to deliver instruction and to to allow collaboration via virtual meetings. Blackboard Training and Development Management provides capabilities of registration, course catalog, and a payment gateway that allow NIU to host non-degree and non-credit courses.
The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Blackboard, Inc. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form. Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below. All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated. The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is software license, upgrade or maintenance.
For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Northern Illinois University
Procurement Services & Contract Management
590 College Avenue
Lowden Hall, Room 107
Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: (815) 753-6727
FAX: (815) 753-6800
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury
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 10, 2021
401 S. Spring Street
Additional Information: All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
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.
February 5, 2021
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qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.