The Office of the Illinois State Treasurer (“Treasurer”) is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for creative and marketing services, specifically the design and implementation of a strategic outreach plan as well as the development and production of creative materials for the programs and initiatives of the Treasurer. The Treasurer seeks to increase participation in the important programs it makes available to Illinois families and to promote its various efforts to make college more affordable, level the playing field, and protect consumers. While the Treasurer has, in the past, marketed individual programs, the Treasurer now seeks to coordinate marketing efforts across all of its programs and initiatives as well as across all media platforms to better ensure consistent messages and interactions between the Treasurer and Illinoisans. Firms that submit responses (“Respondents”) shall submit their responses to this RFP (“Proposals”) by 2:00 p.m. CT on June 29, 2017.
The winning Respondent (“Contractor”) must have expertise and experience in the following areas: developing branding and creative content for Public Service Announcements (“PSAs”); running advertising campaigns for television, radio, digital and print publications; and assisting with the management of paid and earned media events and other types of public-facing marketing efforts. The Contractor shall also be responsible for the purchase of air time with television, radio, and online services to run advertising materials. Other responsibilities include producing and timely distributing materials through traditional (print, television, and radio) and digital (website/social media platforms) media prior to each campaign.
The Contractor must also be available for telephone conferencing and travel throughout Illinois. The Contractor must be authorized to do business in Illinois. At the time the Contractor submits its Proposal, or prior to that time, if required by law, the Contractor must have all required experience, facilities, equipment, and trained personnel necessary to perform the work specified in this RFP.
Finally, the Contractor must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience performing the services being sought by this RFP. The Contractor shall enter into a contract with the Treasurer (“Agreement”) for an initial term of two (2) years. Upon expiration of this term, the Treasurer may elect to extend the Agreement for a period of time agreed upon by the parties, not to exceed a total of ten (10) years, including the initial two (2) years.
This document constitutes a Request for Proposal via competitive sealed bids, from qualified organizations to perform the Scope of Work set forth herein.
The successful proposer to this RFP will enter into a contract with the State Treasurer for three years starting during the state’s fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) depending on timing of transition from existing card solution, with two possible one-year extensions thereafter by mutual agreement. All formal inquiries or requests for significant or material clarification or interpretation must be directed in writing or by e-mail to the Procurement Officer listed in Special Instructions to Bidders section 2.1.
Notice: Prospective offerors (the “Offerors”) who received this document from the Arizona State Treasurer’s Webpage, or from a source other than the Issuing Office, should immediately contact the Procurement Officer listed in Special Instructions to Bidders section 2.1 and provide their name, mailing address and email address in order that amendments to this Request for Proposals (“RFP” or “solicitation”) or other communications can be sent to them. Any prospective Offeror who fails to notify the Issuing Office with this information assumes complete responsibility in the event that they do not receive the amendments and other communications from the Issuing Office prior to the closing date.
Pre-Bid Questions are Due June 2nd.
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The Trump administration, determined to overhaul and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, is drafting plans to privatize some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities, according to top officials and advisers.
In his proposed budget released Tuesday, President Trump called for spending $200 billion over 10 years to “incentivize” private, state and local spending on infrastructure.
Trump advisers said that to entice state and local governments to sell some of their assets, the administration is considering paying them a bonus. The proceeds of the sales would then go to other infrastructure projects. Australia has pursued a similar policy, which it calls “asset recycling,” prompting the 99-year lease of a state-owned electrical grid to pay for improvements to the Sydney Metro, among other projects.
In the United States, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) explored privatizing Midway International Airport several years ago but dropped the idea in 2013, after a key bidder backed away. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says such projects should be encouraged.
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“You take the proceeds from the airport, from the sale of a government asset, and put it into financing infrastructure,” Chao said. St. Louis is working with federal officials to try to privatize Lambert International Airport, she said.
Officials are crafting Trump’s initiative, and he has yet to decide which ideas will make the final cut. But two driving themes are clear: Government practices are stalling the nation’s progress; and private companies should fund, build and run more of the basic infrastructure of American life.
A far-reaching proposal from the Trump administration earlier this year to take the nation’s air-traffic control system out of government hands was fueled, in part, by frustration at sluggish efforts to modernize technology.
To speed up infrastructure projects, officials are preparing to overhaul the federal environmental review and permitting system, which they blame for costly delays. Trump asked advisers whether they could collapse that process, which he said takes at least 10 years, down to four months. “But we’ll be satisfied with a year,” Trump said. “It won’t be more than a year.”
In a bid for broader support, Trump and some of his advisers have also signaled an openness to raising the gas tax to pay for needed projects. The 18.4-cent-per-gallon levy is the federal government’s main source of highway funds and was last raised in 1993.
The infrastructure initiative is being shaped by White House officials and a task force representing 16 federal departments and agencies. In addition, there is a committee of outside advisers co-chaired by billionaire developer Richard LeFrak, a Trump friend.
LeFrak said the administration’s effort, which is being led by Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, Chao and others, is a sweeping attempt to rethink how infrastructure gets built. LeFrak said the issues are intensely personal for Trump, who spent his career in real estate and sees this as an area where he can make a lasting impact.
“He does think he’s the president to rebuild America. He’s a builder. It’s just logical,” LeFrak said. “He’s highly enthusiastic about this idea and getting it done.”
Critics said Trump and his advisers are putting ideology ahead of the national interest and oversimplifying how the process works.
Public stewards should not be “trying to figure out how to extract maximum value” by selling off government assets or “making huge, multibillion-dollar wagers” that span decades, said Kevin DeGood, director of infrastructure policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy group. “Building infrastructure faster and without adequate study or time for community input may be good for developers, but it’s lousy for everyone else.”
Still, there are bipartisan concerns that important projects have been stymied by politics and bureaucracy, and that Washington has been unwilling to allocate the money for needed improvements. A civil-engineering group in March tallied a “$2 trillion, 10-year investment gap” in the nation’s roads, transit systems, bridges, water systems, power grids, parks, ports and schools.
In February, Trump told Congress that he would seek legislation “that produces a $1 trillion investment” in infrastructure and creates “millions of new jobs.” Officials have since said that the plan will probably include $200 billion in direct federal funds, which would be used to “leverage” the larger figure over a decade. LeFrak sees the chance for a deal, noting that Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) also “wants a trillion-dollar program.”
“So you’ve already got two important people — one very, very important person and one very important person — both from different sides of the aisle, who come in favor of this,” LeFrak said.
But on Tuesday, when Trump’s budget proposal was released, Schumer condemned the president’s “180-degree turn away from his repeated promise of a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan,” saying the budget contains deep cuts in spending on roads, transit projects, public housing and more.
“The fuzzy math and sleight of hand can’t hide the fact that the President’s $200 billion plan is more than wiped out by other cuts to key infrastructure programs,” Schumer said in a statement.
Trump administration officials disputed Schumer’s calculations, saying they included budget items that should not be considered cuts. They cited a projected “drop-off” in federal highway funds that could be eliminated as part of the broader infrastructure agreement.
The budget places a heavy emphasis on market solutions, such as making it easier for states to toll interstates, saying that the federal government has become “a complicated, costly middleman.” The budget also talks about leasing vacant space in Veterans Affairs facilities and selling off major power facilities as ways of “disposing underused capital assets.”
A lively tussle is shaping up between a top Illinois official and the state’s mighty insurance industry, and the Illinois General Assembly will pick the winner.
At the center of the dispute is legislation, supported by Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, that compels life insurance companies to review their records going back to 1996 and confirm that death benefits have been paid to policyholders’ beneficiaries.
Paying death benefits? Isn’t that what life insurance companies are supposed to do?
If the answer were always a resounding “yes,” there wouldn’t be any need for Frerichs’ bill.
Unfortunately, history shows too many life insurers haven’t been doing their jobs. That’s why this legislation should become law despite the strenuous objections of the state’s biggest insurers, including Allstate and State Farm.
“The insurance industry has been fighting this tooth and nail,” Frerichs tells me.
This is not the first time Frerichs has squared off against the life insurance business.
A few years ago, his office identified $550 million that should have been paid to beneficiaries in Illinois but instead was held by insurance companies.
In response, Frerichs pushed for legislation forcing life insurers to confirm they’ve paid death benefits on policies that were up-to-date with carriers. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed that bipartisan-supported bill in August 2016, and it took effect in January.
Still, if the state’s life insurance firms thought Frerichs was done with them, they were mistaken.
This time around, he’s pushing life insurers to dig deeper into their records, going back to 1996, to confirm if death benefits were paid.
The measure already has passed in the House and is making its way through the Senate, where it’s expected the insurance lobby will push hard to kill it.
State Treasurers and Public Finance Experts Aim To Improve Financial Literacy Nationwide
MINNEAPOLIS— On the heels of April’s Financial Literacy Month, more than a dozen state treasurers from across the country have arrived in Minneapolis to discuss rising college costs and public financing issues during the National Association of State Treasurers’ (NAST) 2017 Treasury Management Symposium.
The four-day event represents the largest annual gathering of state treasurers and public officials in the country, and will help set the stage for 529 Day on May 29th, a designation intended to raise awareness around the benefits of 529 College Savings Plans.
Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller, President of NAST, said, “I am proud to welcome hundreds of financial experts, elected officials and treasury professionals to Minneapolis, where we will have the unique opportunity to reach across state lines to discuss some of the most pressing economic issues facing our constituencies.
“State treasurers have a critical role to play in safeguarding public funds and promoting overall prosperity. With this year’s symposium falling just after April’s Financial Literacy Month, I specifically look forward to exchanging information regarding programs and policies being implemented to lift the standard of financial literacy and raise awareness around financial tools such as 529 college savings plans.”
Held from May 9-12th at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, the symposium gives attendees the opportunity to collaborate and determine strategies that improve financial literacy standards, enhance college savings plans and increase public finance programs for infrastructure projects.
“We have a responsibility to help prepare the next generation to make educated, well-informed financial decisions,” continued Oklahoma State Treasurer Miller. “This year’s symposium will give us the opportunity to renew our effort to support financial wellbeing and strengthen the nation’s economy. I look forward to further discussing these issues with my colleagues during the week ahead.”
The multi-track conference includes a variety of sessions that explore ways to improve personal finance, such as “Financial Education, College Savings Accounts and the Wage Gap,” and ways to advance government efficiency, such as “Innovation in Government Payments.” A complete conference agenda can be downloaded here.
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