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Issue Date: 09/16/2020 Contract Number: RFP # 21-008

Sign Language Interpreter Services


Description:

The RFP will be posted to http://www.acces.nysed.gov/procurement.html.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Vocational Rehabilitation Program (ACCES-VR) requests proposals from eligible parties to provide sign language interpreter referral services for ACCES-VR participants, ACCES-VR staff, and for ACCES-VR administered functions (i.e., public meetings, training sessions, etc.).  The referral services will provide sign language interpreters to convert spoken language into American Sign Language for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. This RFP is for both on-site and video remote interpreter (VRI) American Sign Language interpreting services; bidders applying to this request must be able to provide both services.  Subject to the availability of funds, the funding level is anticipated to be $20.5 million for the entire 5-year contract period.  ACCES-VR anticipates awarding multiple sign language interpreter referral service contracts per Region. Bidders may apply to serve a single Region or a maximum of two (2) Regions.

 Interpreter Referral Service Agencies currently under contract with NYSED ACCES-VR to provide onsite and/or VRI sign language interpreting referral services who wish to continue to provide these services, MUST apply to this RFP.  All current interpreter referral service contracts with ACCES-VR expire on May 31, 2021.

 Note:  Bidders are only required to submit one bid application to provide sign language interpreter referral services for one or a maximum of two ACCES-VR Regions and the ACCES-VR District Offices therein.

 Type of Services:

 Sign Language Interpreter Referral Services to provide on-site and VRI certified or pre-certified interpreters (see contract requirements section of the RFP) for ACCES-VR participants who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened; for ACCES-VR staff and for administrative functions (i.e., public meetings, training sessions, etc.) for each of the ACCES-VR Regions which comprise the District Office(s) and Central Office (Attachment F). 

Service Delivery Process: see RFP

Eligible Applicant:

The following entities are eligible to apply for the Interpreter Referral Service/ VRI:

  • Sign language interpreter referral services;
  • Private and proprietary agencies providing sign language interpreting services; and,
  • Independent Living Centers whose services include providing sign language interpreting services.

 No individual sign language interpreter applicants will be accepted for this RFP.

 Subcontracting:

 Subcontracting will be permitted.  Subcontracting is defined as non-employee direct, personal services and related incidental expenses; including travel. Subcontracted services must adhere to all ACCES-VR policies, procedures and guidelines as does the contract vendor. The contract vendor will be held responsible for all subcontractor service delivery as if they directly provided the services. 

 The contracts resulting from this RFP will be for five (5) years, anticipated to begin on June 1, 2021 and to end on May 31, 2026.

 Mandatory Requirements - See Mandatory Requirements section of the RFP

Due Date: 11/12/2020 5:00 PM

Contract Term: 5 years

Location:

Ad Type: General


Primary Contact:     Education, NYS Dept. of
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Contract Administration Unit
Adam Kutryb
Contract Management Specialist
89 Washington Avenue
Room 501 EB
Albany, NY 12234
United States
Ph: 518-474-5314
Fax:
INTERPSVCS@nysed.gov

Secondary contact:     Education, NYS Dept. of
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Contract Administration Unit
Adam Kutryb
Contract Management Specialist
89 Washington Avenue
Room 501 EB
Albany, NY 12234
United States
Ph: 518-474-5314
Fax:
INTERPSVCS@nysed.gov