Purchasing with the State of Florida
Introduction to State Procurement
The department, as well as other Florida government entities, uses the following state systems to assist in the procurement of commodities and services. These systems are managed by the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) and made available to vendors and state and local government entities:
- MyFlorida Marketplace (MFMP) – Florida's online procurement system is designed to streamline interactions between vendors and state government entities that purchase goods and services. It provides a user-friendly Internet portal where vendors can register, receive information on upcoming bids, post information on products and services, and receive purchase orders electronically.
- Vendor Bid System (VBS) – This system provides access to all bid solicitations including Invitations to Bid (ITB), Requests for Proposals (RFP), Invitations to Negotiate (ITN), etc. Registered vendors can request email notifications as well as view current bid advertisements online.
- State Term Contracts (STC) – This system contains State of Florida contracts for commodities and services presented in an easy-to-use format that provides for viewing existing contracts, downloading completed contracts, and receiving timely bulletins. Contracts contained in this system are executed by the State of Florida through the Department of Management Services and are available to the Department as well as other state government entities.
All vendors are invited to make full use of these systems, not only for procurements with the Department of Corrections but also with all other state government entities.
How to do Business with FDC
In order to do business with the Florida Department of Corrections (or any state agency in Florida), a vendor must first register in the state's e-procurement systems. Please be aware that for each purchase, vendors are required to pay the state a transaction fee, unless exempt as indicated in Rule 60A-1.032, Florida Administrative Code. Vendors interested in bidding on formal solicitations, (greater than $35,000.00) will need to also register in the Vendor Bid System. The Vendor Bid System provides an option to receive email notifications for new solicitations for which the vendor is registered.