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The State of Indiana purchases goods and services from the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. Impacting the determination of "responsive and responsible" are a number of factors, including Executive Orders and statute-mandated preferences.
In addition to the Buy Indiana, OneIndiana and Indiana Veteran's Business Enterprises program, which preferences Indiana businesses, the state has set goals to promote minority and women's business enterprise participation on state contracts. These preferences, plus others, are outlined in a solicitation's bid package.
Additionally, the State is required to purchase goods from Indiana's State Use Program (A program of the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities) and PEN (Prison Enterprise Network) Products when these vendors are able to provide products to State specifications.
These initiatives are impacting the way the state is designing bid packages and the way those bid responses are evaluated.
OneIndiana : Effectively leverage the State's purchasing power to create savings for taxpayers. By combining and streamlining purchase activities, the State can achieve lower pricing and better value on commonly purchased goods and services.
Buy Indiana: Increase the amount of each State purchasing dollar that is spent with Indiana companies to $0.90.
The Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises Division (MWBE) acts on behalf of the State of Indiana to actively promote, monitor and enforce the standards for certification of minority and women’s business enterprises
Indiana Veteran's Business Enterprises: Sets a goal for the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) to procure at least 3 percent of state contracts with Indiana veteran-owned small businesses (IVBEs).
The Indiana State Use Program is a preferential purchasing program that provides employment opportunities to people with disabilities and encourages state, county and other units of government to purchase products and services from approved State Use vendors without competitive bidding.
PEN Products (Prison Enterprises Network) manufactures goods and provide services using labor through Indiana's prison industries.