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​Lower Shore WIOA One Stop Operator RFP

The Lower Shore is a designated Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The Lower Shore Workforce Alliance (LSWA), a division of the Tri-County Council (TCC) for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, has assumed the primary obligation for implementing and coordinating WIOA funded training and employment programs for Somerset, Worcester, and Wicomico counties. LSWA, under the leadership of the Local Workforce Development Board (WDB), is committed to building and sustaining a successful workforce for the lower shore of Maryland and providing policy and oversight of WIOA funds and programs. The WDB is one of 12 workforce development boards across the state that direct federal, state and private funding resources for educational and occupational skills programs. The WDB is a business‐led, policy‐setting board that oversees workforce development initiatives in the local area. The WDB is composed of volunteers from business, civic, education, labor, and community leaders.

 The one‐stop system is designed to enhance access to services and improve long‐term employment outcomes for individuals seeking assistance. The regulations define the system as consisting of one or more comprehensive, physical American Job Center(s) in a local area that provide the core services specified in WIOA. The LWDA includes one comprehensive center:

Lower Shore American Job Center
31901 Tri-County Way
Salisbury, MD 21804

Solicitation:  
In accordance with Section 121(d) WIOA, this Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued to solicit a qualified One Stop Operator (OSO).


Timeline:
April 2, 2019    Release of RFP

April 16, 2019  Deadline to submit questions via email

April 23, 2019  Responses to submitted questions posted

May 6, 2019    Proposal deadline 12 pm

July 1, 2019    Contract year begins

Questions:
​To ensure a fair competitive process, all questions related to this RFP must be submitted electronically to ruralmdfound@gmail.com. Written questions will be accepted through 4:00 pm on April 16, 2019. Written responses to questions will be posted on the website www.ruralmdfoundation.org no later than 4:00 pm April 23, 2019. It is the respondent’s responsibility to check the website on a regular basis for updates.

Interested bidders are strictly prohibited from contacting members of the Lower Shore Workforce Development Board, members of the Board’s Steering Committee, and the staff of Lower Shore Workforce Alliance regarding this RFP.


Questions:

​​1. Who is the incumbent?  

Response: Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland  

2. What is the annual amount of the current contract?  
Response: 
The expiring contract was for $12,500 per year.

3. Who has the current contract for One Stop Operator?
​Response: 
Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland  

4. What is the estimated amount of time per week committed to work as described in the RFP?
​Response: 
It is the responsibility of the bidder to provide the estimated hours per week.

5.  What is the estimated amount of on-site time required for this contract?
​Response: 
It is the responsibility of the bidder to provide the number of on-site hours.

6.  Is there a page limit for proposals? If so, what is it?
​Response: 
There is no page limit for proposals.

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