Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Morris County Online Bid System has added six municipalities and the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority to its list of participating agencies.

Lincoln Park, Madison, Mount Olive, Morris Township, Jefferson and Randolph are now participating in the county-led shared service to make it easier for firms to do business with county and local governments.

When initially launched in late 2009 by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the online bid system consisted of only Morris County. However, towns have begun to realize they, too, can benefit from the online bid system that offers them a nation-wide pool of bidders that increases competition and lowers acquisition costs, said county purchasing agent James Abline.

The Morris County Online Bid System also consists of a national bid library that saves the time and cost of creating bids from scratch, and electronic bid documents that can reduce government printing costs. All of those features come at no cost to the towns, Abline said.

Vendors will also benefit from the online bid system, which will provide them with instant online access to all participating agency bid information, quotes, requests for proposals and anything else a company may need to submit a complete bid package.

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, and is available for a fee.

The Morris County Online Bid System was developed with the assistance of IPT by BidNet, an Albany, N.Y., company that manages numerous government purchasing websites across the country. As part of the multi-agency implementation process, the county’s Information Technology Division managed a site redesign, improving its usability for both purchasing agents and bidders.

More information about the bid system may be obtained by visiting the Web site, MorrisCountyBidSystem.com.

Morris County municipalities or local government agencies interested in participating should contact Abline at 973-285-6333, or visit MorrisPurchasing.org.