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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
SoleSource #smo153562
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday January 20, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Education Advisory Board, Washington, DC
Amount: An estimated $180,000
An estimated start date of 1/23/2015 through 1/22/2018, 36 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 modified
Published Friday January 9, 2015
Hearing documents have been attached for the hearing that was held 1/7/2015.
First published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The University awarded a contract for student success collaborative to Education Advisory Board, Washington, DC, for an estimated $180,000.
This is a collaborative project that entails the development and implementation of a data collection system for web-based student degree tracking.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the University (NIU) is a participating member of the Education Advisory Board and wishes to continue its participation in a collaborative project with similar institutions for the development and implementation of a data collection system designed to improve student success and degree attainment.

For additional information, contact:
Scott Olsen
Northern Illinois University
Office of Procurement Services
Lowden Hall, Room 107
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: (815) 753-6111
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.

January 7, 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:
January 2, 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
  • SMO153562Part1.PDF (361 KB)
Public Hearing Documents
  • SMO153562HearingDoc.pdf (58 KB)
  • SMO153562Part2.pdf (54 KB)