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Doing Business with ACS

The Administration for Children’s Services procures millions of dollars’ worth of goods and services to serve New York City’s children and families every year.

Goods and services are mainly obtained through:

  • Competitive Sealed Bids – contracts are awarded to the lowest responsible bidder that meets the requirements in an invitation for bids.
  • Request for Proposals (RFP) – vendors are selected through the evaluation of proposals.
  • Negotiated Acquisitions – vendors are selected through negotiations where an RFP or Bid is not practical or advantageous to the City.

ACS may also solicit vendor opinion on potential procurements through Concept Papers or Requests for Information.

New vendors must:

  1. Enroll in the City's Bidders' Lists through the Vendor’s Payee Information Portal (PIP).
  2. Submit an electronic prequalification application to the Health and Human Services (HHS) web-based accelerator system, HHS Accelerator(ONLY if seeking to provide social services to families).

Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal (PASSPort)


Introducing PASSPort! The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) is launching a new online procurement tool, the Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal (PASSPort), moving VENDEX online. PASSPort makes it easier for vendors to submit and keep disclosure documents up-to-date. PASSPort will allow Agencies to make determinations for contract awards and complete performance evaluations online. Visit for updates on PASSPort. For additional information, email the PASSPort support team at

Current ACS Business Opportunities

Go to RFP Online to download the current RFPs offered by ACS. search opportunities to provide goods and services to ACS. You will be asked to provide details about your organization.

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Mayor's Office of Contract Services

Child Welfare 20/21 Project

A majority of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services foster care and prevention service contracts are scheduled to expire in June 2020. In preparation and planning for the future of child welfare contracts, ACS has created the Child Welfare 20/21 Project. This ACS cross-divisional project has both the Division of Prevention Services and the Division of Family Permanency conducting in depth analyses of their existing programs. These analyses are looking 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 is completing, we have partnered with the provider community through the creation of a Provider Advisory Committee. This Committee will play 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 will assist ACS’ implementation team in its analysis of contracted Child Welfare Services and planning for future solicitations.

At this point in the current research phase, we have 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 will be posted after the Committee sessions are completed throughout the month of July. Any additional information that is shared, surveyed, discussed, or analyzed during Advisory Committee meetings will be shared on this webpage.

ACS will also be attaching these materials as an appendix to the concept paper when it is issued prior to an RFP. We ask that you continually check this site for updated documents, reports and analyses.



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