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University of Illinois System
Emergency Award #1DGS1302
Announcement of an Emergency Award/Quick Purchase
Final Amount
Published Wednesday April 17, 2013
Vendor: General Information Services, Inc. (GIS)
Final Amount: $0

No money was expended with this firm for the period 1/3/2013 through 3/31/2013. This executed emergency contract was not utilized due to the time it took to configure and implement the firm’s electronic system into the University’s background check processes to ensure system security and data privacy. As a result, urgent background checks that had to be performed were performed by the prior contracted vendor on a small purchase basis during this period.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Gary Reis.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award InfoAwarded Wednesday January 9, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: General Information Services, Inc. (GIS), Chapin, SC
Amount: An estimated $60,000
Terms:
An estimated start date of 1/3/2013 through 3/31/2013
Renewals:
None
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The University awarded a contract for Employment Background Checks.
This emergency/quick purchase was required due to a situation in which public health or safety was threatened.
This emergency purchase was also required due to a situation in which immediate action was needed to prevent any disruption in University services.
The University of Illinois published solicitation # 1DGS1210, Employment Background Check Services Request for Proposal (RFP), on May 4, 2012, to establish a contract to provide employment background checks for the University of Illinois. The University was notified on November 29, 2012 of the SPO/CPO's decision to cancel the solicitation, leaving the University without a contracted provider for employment background checks after December 31, 2012.
The University is required to conduct employment background checks for positions at the University due to state and federal laws. Considering University employees are responsible for and come in contact with juveniles, background checks are required for safety reasons. Background checks typically include a criminal history search and searches to determine if an individual is on a sex offender listing. If the University did not conduct these searches, the safety of juveniles on the campuses could be in jeopardy. Furthermore, because of state and federal laws, if the University is unable to conduct background checks for potential employees, the University would not be able to hire employees to fill certain positions. The inability to hire employees for these positions could cause a disruption in services that could affect the safety of individuals on the University campuses.
The University of Illinois is entering into this emergency contract with GIS to allow campus end-users the ability to continue to conduct employment background checks without any disruption.

For additional information, contact:
Daniel Szajna
University Sourcing
202 Illini Plaza
1817 South Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-2650
FAX: (217) 239-6865
State Purchasing Officer - Stephen Rotello

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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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