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Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal (PASSPort)

The City of New York is rolling out new features in its PASSPort online procurement platform that will make the contracting process easier and more transparent than ever. PASSPort facilitates every step of the procurement process - from identifying vendors to contract solicitation and response evaluation, award to contract, and invoicing to payment. To maximize business opportunities, all contractors should create a vendor account in PASSPort. Please reference the Vendor Account Creation manual for step by step instructions on how to create a vendor account in PASSPort. For more information on PASSPort, visit the Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) PASSPort Webpage or reach out to the MOCS Service Desk at

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Opportunities

City agencies can award contracts of up to $500,000 for goods, professional services, standard services and construction directly to City-certified M/WBEs without formal competition using the M/WBE Noncompetitive Small Purchase Method. This streamlined process makes it easier for the City to do business with M/WBEs. Don't miss out! Be ready to receive and respond to these opportunities directed specifically to our City-certified M/WBE businesses by creating an account in PASSPort today. Find the simple two-step account creation instructions here.

The Administration for Children's Services is committed to business opportunities that provide employment for contractors and workers who reflect the diverse composition of New York City. We make good faith efforts to utilize certified minority and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) vendors whenever possible.

If you are interested in becoming a New York City-certified M/WBE, please visit the Department of Small Business Services.

Benefits of M/WBE certification include:

  • Better bid access to city-funded contracts
  • Networking opportunities with government buyers
  • One-on-one procurement counseling and bid preparation assistance
  • Free advertising in the online directory of certified businesses
  • Access to low-interest loans

If you are interested in current contracting opportunities with the Administration for Children's Services please visit our list of M/WBE Opportunities.

If you are interested in finding City-certified M/WBEs for subcontracting work, access the New York City Department of Small Business Services website for further information.

City Council Discretionary Awards

Beginning Fiscal Year 2021, City Council discretionary contracts will be managed in PASSPort, the City's digital Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal. If your organization has awards to be cleared in FY21, it must have a PASSPort account. Please see this one-page Account Creation Guide for more information. To view your organization's award designations and their clearance status, please visit the Discretionary Award Tracker. More information about the discretionary award process is available on the NYC Nonprofits Discretionary Funding page.

HHS Solicitations

To Respond to Health and Human Services Solicitations

Health and Human Services (HHS) Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are released through PASSPort. Providers should always check the PASSPort Public Portal to maintain awareness of all upcoming HHS RFPs.

To respond to HHS RFPs in PASSPort, providers must:

  1. Have a PASSPort account. Create a PASSPort account.
  2. Be prequalified in PASSPort. To determine your organization's prequalification status or to become prequalified in PASSPort, please reference the HHS Prequalification in PASSPort Provider Information Sheet.

For more information and resources, visit the Learning to Use PASSPort webpage.

ACS Business Opportunities

Go to RFP Online to search opportunities to provide non-human services and goods to ACS. Download the current Non-Human Services RFPs, Bids, and M/WBE opportunities offered by ACS. You may be asked to provide details about your organization.

Child Welfare 20/21 Project

In preparation and planning for the future of foster care and prevention services contracts, New York City's Administration for Children's Services created the Child Welfare 20/21 Project. Through this ACS cross-divisional project both the Division of Prevention Services and the Division of Family Permanency conducted in depth analyses of their existing programs. These analyses looked at all aspects of service delivery to identify what's working as well as service gaps that should be addressed. In addition to the research ACS completed, we partnered with the provider community through the creation of a Provider Advisory Committee. This Committee played a key role as ambassadors for all of NYC's provider agencies in helping to ensure the experiences and needs of our providers, youth, and families are captured to inform this process. Information collected through the Committee meetings informed ACS' implementation team in its analysis of contracted Child Welfare Services and planning for future solicitations.

Through this project, we created a communication booklet that holds the CW 20/21 project's overview, information sharing strategy, provider engagement survey outcomes, and provider agency listening tour outcomes. The communication booklet, the Advisory Committee agendas, the PowerPoint presentations, and the meeting minutes are all available through the links below.

The CW20/21 Project informed the the new ACS Prevention Services contracts that launched in July 2020, the ACS Foster Care and Residential Services Concept Paper (November 2019), and the ACS Foster Care and Residential Services RFP that ACS expects to release in Spring 2021.

Foster Care/Residential RFP - Public Information Session March 2, 2021

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:30pm, ACS held a virtual public information session in preparation for the forthcoming Foster Care and Residential Services Request For Proposals (RFP). The goals of the public information session were to:

  • Inform potential proposers about the timing of the upcoming RFP;
  • Share information about the planning process and Concept Paper; and
  • Solicit additional feedback from stakeholders pertaining specifically to lessons learned during the COVID 19 pandemic that are relevant to improving the system moving forward.

Download the presentation for the event, or view the recording of the information session. Please note that due to a technical issue, the recording starts shortly after the presentation began.

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