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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Western Illinois University
SoleSource #R059133
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday July 24, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: GED Testing Service/Pearson VUE, Bloomington, MN
Amount: An estimated $900,000
An estimated start date of 8/1/2014 through 6/30/2017, 35 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 cancelled
Published Thursday July 24, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The University awarded a contract for GED Ready Practice Tests to GED Testing Service/Pearson VUE, Bloomington, MN, for an estimated $900,000.
The GED Ready Practice Test is only offered by the GED Testing Service/Pearson VUE. GED Testing Service/Pearson VUE is the only provider of the official practice test for those identified as official resellers of the GED practice test, and eligible for the reseller discount. WIU/CAIT is an approved vendor of the GED practice test and is one of 15 entities in the country eligible to purchase the practice test at a discount from GED Testing Service/Pearson VUE. WIU/CAIT's i-Pathways is listed as an approved vendor at
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item is to be procured for commercial resale.

For additional information, contact:
Lora Lidaywa
Western Illinois University
Sherman Hall 227
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-1819
FAX: (309) 298-1927
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.

July 23, 2014
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:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
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:
July 18, 2014
Register with:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
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
  • R059133Part1.pdf (307 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • R059133Part2.pdf (45 KB)