Doing business with Employment Security
What we buy and how we buyEmployment Security Department (ESD) purchases goods and services to operate WorkSource offices, unemployment-claims telecenters and administrative offices located throughout Washington state. Employment Security uses state contracts for most of its purchases and encourages vendors to contact the Department of Enterprise Services and find out how to become a provider on state contracts.
Employment Security posts all formal procurement opportunities where there is not a state contract on Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS). Once you register, you will automatically receive notices of acquisitions for the products and services your business offers. In the event that a sole-source acquisition is necessary, an intent to procure sole source notice will be posted in WEBS and the contract will be posted below.
Employment Security Department does not maintain its own vendor lists. ESD uses Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) and works with Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) to locate qualified vendors for purchases that are not from state contracts.
Employment Security fully supports supplier diversity. We encourage minority and/or women business owners to contact Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises to find out how to become a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Women Business Enterprise (WBE) for the purposes of doing business with ESD and other state agencies. Certification can give your firm greater visibility and differentiates you from your competitors.
To get certified, visit Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises' Web site, and select the Certification tab on the home page.
For more information about doing business with Employment Security, e-mail us.
Sole Source Contracts PostingsAgencies must make sole source contracts available for public inspection no less than ten working days before the proposed starting date of the contract (RCW 39.26.140).
Current posted sole source contracts:
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