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DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
DIVISION OF BUDGET AND PURCHASING

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

DIVISION OF BUDGET AND PURCHASING

Kathy Arrington, Division Director
1333 Atlantic Avenue
6th Floor
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 343-2268
FAX (609) 343-2193
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Doing Business with Atlantic County

Frequently Asked Questions

Competitive Sealed Bids

Professional Consultant Services

Pay-to-Play

Competitive Sealed Bids

How do I register as a prospective bidder?
The Atlantic County Division of Budget and Purchasing Bid Portal was designed to help vendors do business with the County. Registering on this site will allow you to receive automatic notifications of formal bid solicitations.  You can register online at the following web address http://bids.aclink.org

What is the mailing address to submit a bid?
You may mail, hand deliver or express mail your completed bid package to the following address:
     Atlantic County Division of Budget and Purchasing
     1333 Atlantic Avenue
     Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Please be sure to put 6th Floor on your address envelope, and you should mark the outside envelope with BID ENCLOSED. Be reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure that your bid is delivered by 11:00 a.m. on the bid due date. LATE BIDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. You may call 609-343-2268 to ensure that your bid has been delivered.

When and where are bids opened?
Atlantic County almost always (with very rare exceptions that are clearly stated) opens bids at 11:00 A.M. on the given day. Bids are always publicly opened in the County Office building located at 1333 Atlantic Ave in Atlantic City.

What if my bid is late?
It is your responsibility to ensure that your bid is delivered by the due date and time. Late bids are not accepted. A late bid will be returned to the bidder unopened and will not be considered for award.

Can I obtain bid results on-line?
We post bid results on-line the day after a bid is opened. The web address is http://bids.aclink.org

Can I obtain bid documents on-line?
Yes, bid documents can be obtained online at http://bids.aclink.org if you are registered.

Is there a charge for bid documents?
There is no charge for most bid documents available on the bid portal.  If a fee is required for plans and specifications, it will be stated on the portal record.

Where can I go to see what contracts are currently being advertised for bid?
You can view Atlantic County’s upcoming bid information here or visit the County’s bid portal to see what contracts are currently being advertised for bids

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Professional Consultant Services

How can my firm find out about solicitations for Professional Consultant Services?
Atlantic County lists all open competitive Requests for Proposals (RFP) on their bid portal.

Is there a charge for RFPs?
No, Atlantic County does not charge for RFP documents.

Can I obtain RFPs online?
Yes, RFP documents can be obtained online at http://bids.aclink.org if you are registered.

My firm responded to an RFP a few months ago but we have not yet been notified if we have been selected. What does this mean?
The evaluation process can take a number of months to complete. You can be assured that as soon as the process is completed, all firms will be notified.

Who selects the winning proposal?
All proposals are reviewed by an evaluation committee comprised of Atlantic County employees with knowledge, expertise and experience sufficient to make a fair and reasonable evaluation.

What will disqualify contributors from County Professional Consultant contracts under Atlantic County Pay to Play Ordinance # 10?
Any contribution over $300 per election cycle (primary election and general election) to any current holder of, or candidate for, Atlantic County Office is a reportable contribution that will disqualify a vendor from obtaining a professional contract with Atlantic County

Any contribution over $500 per calendar year to any Atlantic County Party Committee or Municipal committee or Any Candidate Committee; State Political Party; County Political Party; Any Political Action Committee (PAC) that are involved in the financial or in-kind support of candidates for elective County office; County election and/or Atlantic County political parties is a reportable contribution that will disqualify a vendor from obtaining a professional contract with Atlantic County

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Pay to Play

What contracts are subject to NJ State Pay-to-Play restrictions?
Any County or Municipal contract in excess of $17,500 that is not awarded through a Fair and Open Process.

What contracts are subject to Atlantic County Pay-to-Play restrictions?
Any contract for a licensed professional service is subject to Atlantic County pay to play whether it is a fair and open or a non fair and open process.

What is a “fair and open process”?
Under N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq., a “fair and open” process is a competitive process compliant with the rules and restrictions set forth by the State’s Local Unit Pay-to-Play law. Specifically, the “fair and open” process shall include, at minimum:

    • Public advertisement (either conventionally in newspapers OR posted on the entity’s website) with “sufficient time to give notice,” and
    • Award under “a process that provides for public solicitation of proposals OR qualifications,” and
    • Established on the basis of an award and disclosure process documented in writing prior to any solicitation, and
    • Publicly opened and announced when awarded

Can contractors awarded contracts through a fair and open process (including public bids or competitive contracting) make reportable contributions to municipal or county candidates or political committees?
Under NJ State Pay to Play law, only a non-fair and open process prohibits the business entity from making contributions in the year prior to award and during the term of a contract.

Under Atlantic County Ordinance #10 of 2007, all contracts for licensed professional services for Atlantic County, such as but not limited to, engineers, architects, attorneys, prohibit the business entity from making any contribution over $300 per election cycle (primary election and general election) to any current holder of, or candidate for, an Atlantic County elective office.

Also, any contribution over $500 per calendar year to any Atlantic County Party Committee or Municipal committee or Any Candidate Committee; State Political Party; County Political Party; Any Political Action Committee (PAC) that are involved in the financial or in-kind support of candidates for elective County office; County election and/or Atlantic County political parties for a county election is a reportable contribution that will disqualify a vendor from obtaining a professional contract with Atlantic County.

Are contracts that are exempt from bidding (pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5) subject to Pay-To-Play?
Under New Jersey Sate Pay to Play, yes, all contracts in excess of $17,500 are subject to a fair and open process or must comply with the reporting requirements of a non-fair and open process.

Under Atlantic County Ordinance # 10, all professional services as defined above are subject to Pay to Play.

Are all contributions prohibited under Atlantic County Pay to Play Ordinance #10?
Any contribution made to a candidate for a State held office is reportable but will not disqualify a vendor from obtaining a professional contract with Atlantic County

Any contribution made to Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland or Ocean County Democrat or Republican Committees is reportable but will not disqualify a vendor from obtaining a professional contract with Atlantic County.

May a business entity that has a made a reportable contribution re-establish eligibility for a contract by requesting that the contribution be returned?
Under the New Jersey Pay to Play, yes, provided that the contribution is returned within sixty (60) days of said contribution. ELEC should be consulted for additional information.

Under Atlantic County Ordinance # 10, 2007, yes, provided that the contribution is returned within thirty (30) days after the applicable ELEC report is published.

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