How do you solicit goods and services?

Unless otherwise required by law, all goods and services shall be procured by issuing competitive sealed bids or proposals. - Formal Requests for Proposals (RFP’s), Invitations for Bids (IFB’s) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQ’s) are used for the purchase of goods and services in excess of $50,000 and construction in excess of $100,000. Informal quotes are used for goods and services $50,000 or less. The County Board of Supervisors approves all contracts for goods and services in excess of $250,000. - Formal solicitations require posting of a public notice and submission of a sealed bid or proposal. Although a sealed bid technique is not used, all informal quotations greater than $10,000 are made on a competitive basis, soliciting quotes from at least 3 vendors whenever possible. The Maricopa County Procurement Code exempts small purchases of $10,000 or less from the competitive solicitation process. Procurement requirements shall not be artificially divided so as to constitute a small purchase.

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1. Why do I have to register in two places?
2. Where can I find my Periscope/Bidsync payee ID number?
3. Do I need a Tax Identification Number to register or may I use my Social Security number?
4. What is the importance of the NIGP Codes and can I change my NIGP Codes after I register?
5. What if my information changes?
6. Do local vendors get preference for the County? (Small, Minority, Women-Owned, etc.)
7. Does the County buy what I sell? How do I find out?
8. How can I find out what goods or services are currently being solicited by Maricopa County government?
9. How do I get added to an existing contract?
10. How do I find out which buyer I should contact?
11. Does Maricopa County always award to the lowest bidder?
12. How do you solicit goods and services?
13. What types of contracts do you use?
14. Who can use County contracts?
15. Can I bid on other agency’s solicitations I find in BidSync?
16. How do I get on your bid list?
17. How do I submit a bid or proposal?
18. Are solicitation openings public?
19. What if I make a mistake?
20. How do I know who won the contract?
21. Do you always issue an award?
22. I submitted a response to a solicitation but wasn't successful. How can I see what the other respondents submitted?
23. How can I see a current contract online?
24. I just received a purchase order, what do I do now?
25. Why do you ask for delivery dates?
26. Where do I ship goods to?
27. What if I can’t ship the whole order?
28. How do I get paid?
29. How do I check on my invoice?
30. What is the rule on personal gifts from vendors?
31. What are your normal business hours?
32. May I visit County Purchasing staff?