Radio Communications 2018 Master Contract - FAQs
With the exception of PORFPs designated as Small Business Reserve (SBR) Only (see Question #2 below), agencies must email the PORFP to ALL Master Contractors listed under the Manufacturer Product Line for which the PORFP has been issued. If the agency does not know the Manufacturer of the product sought, the agency must email the PORFP to ALL Master Contractors in the Functional Area or Areas. Based on an evaluation of Master Contractor proposals received in response to a PORFP, agencies will select a Master Contractor to provide the requested equipment and/or services.
Yes. PORFPs may be designated as SBR Only. Also see Question #3 brlow.
No. With the exception of PORFPs designated as SBR Only, agencies must email the PORFP to ALL Master Contractors listed under the Manufacturer Product Line for which the PORFP has been issued for a specific Functional Area or Areas. If the agency does not know the Manufacturer of the product sought, the agency must email the PORFP to ALL Master Contractors in the Functional Area or Areas.
The Point of Contact (POC) from the agency requesting the products and/or services must email the PORFP to the appropriate Master Contractors.
Yes. Click on Select Master Contractor Contact List in the Contract Links panel. Follow the prompts to filter, select, and export to email the appropriate list of Master Contractors applicable to the agency’s PORFP. If the PORFP is designated as a Small Business Reserve (SBR) Only, then agencies will filter, select and email the PORFP only to Master Contractors designated as SBRs.
Because Master Contractors are required to regularly update their contact information with status or contact changes, agencies should export the data from the web page each time a PORFP is to be sent, rather than saving and reusing it in the future.
Yes. DoIT review of the PORFP is required prior to release to the Master Contractors. Requesting Agencies must submit a copy of the PORFP and the MBE/SBR Worksheet to DoIT for all PORFPs. Upon DoIT approval, the Requesting Agency may release the PORFP to the Master Contractors. In addition, for awards over $50,000, the Requesting Agency must send an award recommendation to DoIT for review and approval prior to the award being issued.
The DoIT turnaround time on an award recommendation for a PORFP over $50,000 depends largely on the quality of the award recommendation by the Requesting Agency. Agencies should use the Radio Communications Master Contract 2018 Award Package Checklist
to create the recommendation. Well written award recommendations with all necessary elements take less time to review and approve than those requiring follow-up with the agency.
Yes. Requesting Agencies are responsible to ensure that all Master Contractors who do not submit proposals do submit a PORFP Feedback Response Form.
No. DoIT will review Feedback Response Forms during periodic contract management assessments.
Agencies must distribute and track the status of their own PORFPs. Agencies should establish electronic and physical files for organizing and storing all related email, proposals, feedback forms, etc. Agencies must also follow ADPICS procedures for establishing Purchase Orders, and can check ADPICS for DoIT approval of any Purchase Orders over $25,000.
Yes. DoIT will review and assess a portion of the procurements executed under the Radio Communications Master Contract - 2018. The goal of such assessments is to determine that Requesting Agencies and Master Contractors are adhering to required contract procedures, terms and conditions.
All Master Contractors listed under the Manufacturer Product Line for which a PORFP has been issued for a specific Functional Area are to receive the PORFP. Based on an evaluation of proposals received in response to PORFPs, a Master Contractor will be selected to provide the requested equipment and/or services. If the PORFP is designated as Small Business Reserve (SBR) Only, then the PORFP will be sent only to certified SBR Master Contractors.
Yes. Each Master Contractor must submit one of two possible responses by the specified proposal due date to each PORFP it receives: 1) a proposal, or 2) a PORFP Feedback Response Form explaining why the Master Contractor is not submitting a proposal.
Each PORFP includes a designated POC and complete contact information, to whom all questions or concerns must be addressed.
To update company contact information, click on Master Contractor Login in the Contract Links panel. Each Master Contractor received an email giving them a username and password to log in. If a Master Contractor did not receive login information, an email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note - agencies will distribute PORFPs according to the Master Contractor's PORFP contact information shown on the web page. It is incumbent upon each Master Contractor to ensure that all of their information on the web site is correct. If at any time during normal business hours assistance is needed, please send an email to email@example.com.
Yes. All prime contractors must meet or exceed the established MBE goal for each PORFP issued under Functional Area IV - Installation, Repair and Preventive Maintenance Services. For more information on the MBE Program, please go to the MBE web site at http://www.mdot.state.md.us/MBE_Program/Index.html. Also see the Radio Communications Master Contract 2018 Attachment D, on MBE requirements.
No. Neither 8(a) certification through the Small Business Administration, a federal agency, nor certification through the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is the same as Maryland MBE certification. For more information on becoming a certified Maryland MBE, go to MDOT’s MBE web site at http://www.mdot.state.md.us/MBE_Program/Index.html. For more information on becoming a certified Maryland SBR, go to DGS’ SBR website at http://dgs.maryland.gov/SmallBusiness/.
The Radio Communications Master Contract 2018 list identifies Master Contractors that have indicated that they are certified under MDOT’s MBE program. As MBE status may change, partners should confirm the current MBE status on MDOT’s MBE web site at http://www.mdot.state.md.us/MBE_Program/Index.html.
Master Contractors may meet with agencies to find out about their organization and business processes. Please do not spend time marketing the company and definitely do not discuss possible solutions to problems as this can disqualify Master Contractors from submitting proposals to the agency's formal solicitations.
Yes. Master Contractors may submit a PORFP Feedback Response Form online for any Radio Communications Master Contract 2018 Master Contract PORFP previously or currently issued, even if the PORFP has been awarded. However, Master Contractors are strongly encouraged to submit feedback forms on or before the proposal due date.
No. Once the PORFP Feedback Response Form has been submitted for each PORFP for which a proposal is not submitted, the data will be accessible only in "read only" format. The submitting Master Contractor should contact the PORFP POC to discuss off-line edits.
No. An individual PORFP Feedback Response Form must be submitted for each PORFP for which Master Contractors decline to submit a proposal.
No. Master Contractors may not view PORFP Feedback Response Forms submitted by other Master Contractors.
The information from the PORFP Feedback Response Form will assist DoIT in improving the quality of PORFPs and the PORFP process, and in ensuring that the Radio Communications Master Contract 2018 is a successful vehicle for the business community and the State.
Master Contractors cannot be added to the current Radio Communications 2018 Master Contract.
A screen shot of the current MSRP as of the date of the PORFP response must be provided with each proposal. Subject to the approval of the State of Maryland, a comparable substitute directly from the product Manufacturer or Distributor may be acceptable.
Each Master Contractor in a given Functional Area may add additional Manufacturer Product Lines in that Functional Area throughout the life of the Radio Communications Master Contract 2018. To add a Manufacturer Product Line, a Master Contractor must submit a Letter of Authorization signed by the Manufacturer or Distributor for each new product line proposed. Signed Letters of Authorization must be submitted in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the Letter of Authorization has been confirmed by DoIT, the Manufacturer Product Line will be added to that Master Contractor's list of product lines available.