Annually, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) spends millions of dollars on contracts for administrative goods and services as well as for services provided to people who are older or who have physical or intellectual disabilities. Each product and service purchased is evaluated in terms of overall quality, service, delivery, value and cost.
When a need for goods or services is identified, DADS solicits competitive bids or proposals from qualified firms on the state's bidders list or from other suggested sources. Agency employees may solicit bids or proposals from all prospective bidders in a particular procurement category, or they may select those bidders who have a record of fulfilling contracts in a timely manner at a fair and reasonable price.
Prospective bidders who do not receive a solicitation may request specific invitations or public notices before the scheduled bid opening. DADS usually provides services to people who are older or who have physical or intellectual disabilities through an open enrollment process. Additional services and administrative contracts are procured on behalf of DADS by the Texas Health and Human Services Enterprise Contract and Procurement Services.
Updated: January 8, 2014