Atlantic County, NJ Is getting Rid Of Paper For Bidding Process
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has been a trailblazer over the past three decades when it comes to demonstrating a willingness to streamline operations.
Levinson was one of the first to talk about the consolidation of taxpayer-paid services in various potential ways including:
- Consolidating purchasing
- School Superintendent consolidation
- Sharing employees between municipalities
- Central/considered public safety dispatching
Levinson also has delivered New Jersey’s first-ever County-consolidated municipal court system, which is now a reality in Atlantic County.
Next on Levinson’s radar is getting rid of unnecessary paper and implementing a digital system for the public bidding process.
“This system will improve the process on both ends, for our staff and most importantly, for our vendors,” stated Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson.
“It will eliminate the costs for vendors to hand-deliver bids or hire someone to do it for them. It will also provide automated notifications to vendors of bid solicitations and check for errors if the information has been omitted prior to submission,” said Levinson.
Atlantic County government awarded a $103,000 contract to a company named Bid Express during the 4th Quarter of 2021.
The necessary training has now taken place and paperless public bidding will begin later this summer.
Atlantic County Purchasing Director Palma Conover has confirmed that the process will be safe and secure.
Vendors will be able to modify bids right up until the deadline.
Conover also confirmed that the goal is to be fully paperless by the end of 2022.
SOURCE: Atlantic County, New Jersey government.