Requirements to do Business with the State
The Indiana Department of Administration Procurement Division manages the purchasing process for all Indiana state agencies, with the exception of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).
Any company wanting to do business with the State of Indiana must register with the following state agencies:
Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA)
Complete Bidder Profile Registration
Auditor of State (AOS)
Indiana Secretary of State (SOS)
The Contractor and its agents shall abide by all ethical requirements that apply to persons who have a business relationship with the State as set forth in IC §4-2-6, et seq., IC §4-2-7, et seq. and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
If the Contractor has knowledge, or would have acquired knowledge with reasonable inquiry, that a state officer, employee, or special state appointee, as those terms are defined in IC 4-2-6-1, has a financial interest in the Contract, the Contractor shall ensure compliance with the disclosure requirements in IC 4-2-6-10.5 prior to the execution of this contract.
If the Contractor is not familiar with these ethical requirements, the Contractor should refer any questions to the Indiana State Ethics Commission, or visit the Inspector General's website.
If the Contractor or its agents violate any applicable ethical standards, the State may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Contract immediately upon notice to the Contractor. In addition, the Contractor may be subject to penalties under IC §§4-2-6, 4-2-7, 35-44.1-1-4, and under any other applicable laws.
The Indiana State Ethics Commission has released an ethics training for "individuals who have business relationships with the state", which includes Executive Branch Lobbyists. While this training is not required at this time it is recommended that all Indiana contractors complete the program and retain a copy of the completion certificate.
Certifications Concerning Deceptive Acts and Telephone Privacy
As required by IC 5-22-3-7, a prospective contractor must include certifications as terms of the contract with the governmental body which reads in part:
Sec. 7. (a) This section applies to every use of funds by a governmental body. However, this section does not apply to a contract in which one (1) party is a political subdivision, including a body corporate and politic created by or authorized by a political subdivision.
(b) A prospective contractor may not contract with a governmental body unless the prospective contractor includes the following certifications as terms of the contract with the governmental body:
(1) The contractor and any principals of the contractor certify that:
(A) the contractor, except for de minimis and nonsystematic violations, has not violated the terms of:
(i) IC 24-4.7;
(ii) IC 24-5-12; or
(iii) IC 24-5-14;
in the previous three hundred sixty-five (365) days, even if IC 24-4.7 is preempted by federal law; and
(2) The contractor and any principals of the contractor certify that an affiliate or principal of the contractor and any agent acting on behalf of the contractor or on behalf of an affiliate or principal of the contractor:
(c) If a certification in subsection (b) concerning compliance with IC 24-4.7, IC 24-5-12, or IC 24-5-14 is materially false or if the contractor, an affiliate or a principal of the contractor, or an agent acting on behalf of the contractor or an affiliate or a principal of the contractor violates the terms of IC 24-4.7, IC 24-5-12, or IC 24-5-14, even if IC 24-4.7 is preempted by federal law, the attorney general may bring a civil action in the circuit or superior court of Marion County to:
(1) void a contract under this section, subject to subsection (d); and
(2) obtain other proper relief.
However, a contractor is not liable under this section if the contractor or an affiliate of the contractor acquires another business entity that violated the terms of IC 24-4.7, IC 24-5-12, or IC 24-5-14 within the preceding three hundred sixty-five (365) days before the date of the acquisition if the acquired business entity ceases violating IC 24-4.7, IC 24-5-12, or IC 24-5-14, even if IC 24-4.7 is preempted by federal law, as of the date of the acquisition.
For the complete text of the law see IC 5-22-3-7.
Responding to a Solicitation
Vendors who are delivering a bid to IDOA should use the public entrance to Indiana Government Center South, located at 302 W. Washington St. (the eastern-most Washington St. entrance). This entrance will be equipped with metal detectors and screening devices monitored by Indiana State Police Capitol Police. Passing through the public entrance may take some time. Please be sure to take this into consideration if your company submits solicitation responses in person.