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Northern Illinois University
SoleSource #kef161118
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Renewal Info
Published Wednesday July 26, 2017
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: International Studies Abroad LLC
Amount: An estimated $100,000
Renewal: 1st of 2, 9/1/2017 through 8/31/2018
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
Procurement remains a sole source.
Potential Future Renewals: $100,000
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Margaret van Dijk.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Tuesday January 3, 2017
Awarded to:
Vendor: International Studies Abroad LLC, Austin, TX
Amount: An estimated $100,000
An estimated start date of 1/3/2017 through 8/31/2017, 8 months
2 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: $200,000
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 December 20, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Thursday, December 1, 2016
The University awarded a contract for study abroad programs to International Studies Abroad LLC, Austin, TX, for an estimated $100,000.
The study abroad programs are paid for exclusively by the students participating.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the unique study abroad programs are offered in a wide variety of locations worldwide during specific time periods that meet individual student's specific schedules, and both the student's and NIU's academic requirements.

For additional information, contact:
Katherine Frank
Northern Illinois University
Office of Procurement Services
Lowden Hall, Room 107
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: (815) 753-6138
FAX: (815) 753-6800
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.

December 21, 2016
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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:
December 16, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105

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
  • kef161118Part1.pdf (480 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • kef161118Part2.pdf (62 KB)