Friday, August 28th, 2009

Morris County has redesigned its public bids Web site to make it easier for firms to do business with the county government.

The site, www.co.morris.nj.us/purchasing, provides instant online access to all county government bid information, quotes, requests for proposals and anything else a company may need to submit a complete bid package, said county purchasing agent James Abline.

General information about such topics as how the county purchases goods and services and how companies doing business with the county are paid are also included on the site.

According to Abline, vendors who would like to access bid information must register on the site by choosing one of two options. The first is free and requires a vendor to check the site often for bid opportunities.

The second option, which may be tailored to a specific business, instantly notifies a vendor of new bid opportunities. This option is available for a yearly fee of $49.95 payable to BidNet, a nationwide e-procurement service provider that is supplying the county with customer and technical support for the new bid system.

The Morris County Freeholders said the new online bid system requires less paperwork, thus saving time and printing costs for the county and vendors alike.
The newly-designed public bids site is also linked to the official county government Web site, www.co.morris.nj.us.