Bidder Preference Program

During the 2012 Session, the Kansas Legislature enacted a Bidder Preference Program which created three (3) bid preferences:

Bidder Preference #1:

10% for a CERTIFIED BUSINESS [as defined in KSA 75-3740d]

Bidders claiming this preference must meet statutory guidelines to be a CERTIFIED BUSINESS

    • Business Type must match one of those listed in the statute
    • Business Activity must be conducted primarily in Kansas
    • Business must employ at least 20% of its employees who are individuals with disabilities and reside in Kansas
    • Business must contribute at least 75% of the premium cost for individual health insurance coverage for each employee. Please see attached worksheet: Health Insurance Coverage Comparison Worksheet
    • Business cannot operate under a certificate issued by the US Secretary of Labor under subsection (c) of 29 U.S.C. § 214 regarding payment of sub-minimum wages
  • A business must apply for and receive certification BEFORE they can request that a bidding preference be applied to their bid
  • Condition: Preference may not exceed 10% of the evaluation total of lowest competitive bid
  • Condition: Contractor must maintain the percentage of employees with disabilities throughout the contract
  • Condition: Subcontracting within the contract limited to 25% of the total bid cost
  • Condition: Bidding Preferences cannot be combined
  • REQUIRED FORMS ARE LISTED BELOW

Bidder Preference #2:

Dollar for Dollar, up to 10%, for purchases from the State Use Vendor Program

The State Use Vendor Program consists of qualified vendors who sell products and services manufactured or processed by persons with visual impairments or other disabilities

  • For information about State Use Vendors, visit
  • Condition: Preference may not exceed 10% of the original bid from the bidder claiming the preference
  • Condition: Vendor makes qualifying purchases from State Use Vendors made during the previous fiscal year (July to June)
  • Condition: Posting date of the bid will be the basis for determining which fiscal year purchases can be utilized
  • Condition: Bidding Preferences cannot be combined
  • REQUIRED FORMS ARE LISTED BELOW

Bidder Preference #3:

Dollar for Dollar, up to 10%, for purchases from a CERTIFIED BUSINESS

When a CERTIFIED BUSINESS commits to hiring persons with disabilities, this preference helps support that CERTIFIED BUSINESS by encouraging sales to other private sector businesses interested in bidding on Kansas contracts

  • Click here for a list of CERTIFIED BUSINESSES (coming soon)
  • Condition: Preference may not exceed 10% of original bid from the bidder claiming the preference
  • Condition: Qualifying purchases must have been made during the previous fiscal year (June to July)
  • Condition: Posting date of the bid will be the basis for determining which fiscal year purchases can be utilized
  • Condition: Bidding Preferences cannot be combined
  • REQUIRED FORMS ARE LISTED BELOW


Frequently Asked Questions


REQUIRED FORMS:

  1. Bidder Preference #1:
  2. Bidder Preference #2:
  3. Bidder Preference #3: