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How to do Business with OIT

OIT uses an electronic bidding system called VSS (Vendor Self Service) or CORE/VSS. Please register on this bidding site to ensure receipt of bidding opportunities from OIT. Use this link to register. The ColoradoVSS Help Desk is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST and can be reached by calling 303.866.6464 or emailing vsshelp@state.co.us.

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Invoices & Payments

To expedite payments, here are a few tips for vendors: 
  • Ensure that your invoice includes the correct purchase order or contract number, name of the project and project lead (as applicable) 
  • Send your invoice electronically to: OIT_AP_Invoices@state.co.us
    This is a new email as of May 17, 2016, your purchase order or contract dated prior to this lists a different email address.
  • Sign up for EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) for direct deposit of state payments into your financial institution. This means no more waiting for a paper check to be processed and sent. Click here to download and fill out the form; then return it to Jennifer Hughes at jennifer.hughes@state.co.us

A Vendors Guide to Doing Business with Government

At the 2016 Colorado Public Sector IT Conference, hosted by CIMA (Colorado Information Managers Association) and CGAIT (Colorado Government Association of Information Technology), OIT Procurement and Vendor Services presented Doing Business with Government - A Vendors Guide.

Procurement Ethics & Vendor Relations Training

At the Colorado Procurement Advisory Council (PAC) meeting held on Nov. 16, 2016, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Procurement Director Janet Jones, M.Ed.Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Procurement Director Lisa Eze, and Governor’s Office of Information Technology Director of Procurement & Vendor Services Thirza Kennedy conducted a Procurement Ethics & Vendor Relations training. The notes and references used for this training are available here.

Colorado Procurement Modernization Initiative

The Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) has completed a review of the state’s procurement statutes, rules, and processes. They have produced a white paper to serve as a framework for discussion with the Colorado General Assembly and the vendor community; this is available online at: Colorado Procurement Modernization Initiative.

House Bill 16-1451 requires that DPA create a procurement code working group to study ways to improve the state’s “Procurement Code.” More information on this may be found at the above link.

Consolidation Is Not Just For IT Systems

In the OIT Chief Financial Office, we are constantly striving for and identifying ways to provide cohesive, efficient and thorough customer service. In June 2015, we reorganized and consolidated the OIT Purchasing, Contracts and Vendor Management Offices into a single group aptly named, "OIT Procurement and Vendor Services." 

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