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FAQ Topic: Jobs & Contracts

How is a bid award determined? 

For informal purchases (under $75,000) and Invitations for Bid (IFBs), awards are typically made to the vendor with the “lowest secure bid”: the lowest price that meets the department’s needs. Bids are primarily evaluated on price. For RFPs and RFQs, other qualitative factors are as crucial to bid evaluation as price: experience, staff capacity and … Continued

What is the difference between an IFB, an RFP, and an RFQ? 

Invitations for Bids (IFB) are the most commonly used solicitation type. IFBs are used when the City believes that multiple suppliers can meet the exact specifications needed by the City. IFBs are often used for products such as trucks, pumps, iron fittings, and simple services. The material requirements and contractual terms are generally non-negotiable for … Continued

Where can I find bid opportunities?

Competitive solicitations (IFBs, RFPs, RFQs) can be found on the City of Jackson’s Bid Opportunities page which is located on the City’s website. Vendors can also find City of Jackson bid opportunities on the State of Mississippi’s Website and the Central Bidding portal.

How does the City buy goods and services? 

The City of Jackson must follow all applicable federal, state, and local procurement guidelines when procuring goods, services, and construction. According to state law, here is a summary of how the City of Jackson makes purchases: Under $75,000: Departments may reach out to vendors directly to request quotes. For purchases under $5,000, departments must reach out … Continued

Why is there a procurement process? 

The procurement process helps the City of Jackson ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent fairly and for the betterment of the City as a whole. It prevents corruption and bias in government spending. The procurement process also ensures that City of Jackson employees are properly following purchasing requirements set by federal, state, and local law; … Continued

What does the City buy?

The City buys all kinds of things, from office supplies to trucks to piping to lawn maintenance to professional consulting services. You can visit the City of Jackson’s Bid Opportunities page to see an updated list of opportunities. If you have questions about current opportunities, you may contact the vendor helpline by calling 601-960-1025 or … Continued

How does the city select consultant professional services?

The City accepts general statement of qualifications (SOQ’s) twice a year in the spring and fall for a variety of professional services. Public Works retains the statement of qualifications on file for a year. Should a project arise that necessitates hiring a consultant, Public Works staff will review the SOQs and select a consultant based … Continued

What benefits does the City offer?

We offer benefits including (but not limited to) health, dental, vision, life insurance, wellness, employee assistance, flexible spending, and deferred compensation programs. We participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) for retirement benefits and contract with United Healthcare to provide health insurance.

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