L/S WIB, Inc. Telephone Provider Services RFP Question & Answers

Digital or IP desk sets?

We would like to go with IP desk sets.

How many PoE switches/ports are needed at each site?

Wilkes-Barre – 2 x 48

WIB – 1 x 24

Hazleton – 1 x 48 & 1 x 24

Is CAT5 cabling or better at each desk phone?

The cabling currently in place is at least CAT5 and we will be running CAT5e to all new locations that don’t currently have network cabling in place.

Will you be using the desk phone as a pass through to the PC and what speed is required?

Yes, 10/100

How many programmable feature keys are required?

Currently, there are no function keys being utilized other than standard hold, voice mail, and forwarding type options.

Do you want sidecars for the receptionist or would you want to use a Soft Console?

A Soft Console would be ideal for the receptionists.

Do you want us to supply and install data racks?

If they are necessary for any new equipment then we would want them included in the bid. The cabinets that were shown during the walk through of the offices are available as well. If the new equipment can be installed utilizing the current racks/locations we have, that would be ideal.

Do you want us to supply and install UPS?

Yes, please provide UPS battery backups as part of the RFP.

Is COSTARS a requirement to bid this project?

No.

Will Bid or Performance Bonds be required for this project?

No, they are not a requirement for this project.

Will this be 2 single projects or 1 project? If 2 single projects and the cost exceeds $25,000 will prevailing wage be required? If prevailing wage is required, what are the rates?

This will be 1 project. It is our understanding that with the CoStars Program the state has already vetted and eliminates these types of requirements if applicable. 

Wilkes-Barre Facility

  1. Current Count of Simple Handsets - 48
  1. Number of Simple Handsets that are wall mounted - 5
  1. Current Count of Higher Function Handsets - 0

       4. Number of Higher Function Handsets that are wall mounted - 0

  1. Number of Conference Room Phones (Polycom SoundStation or similar)? - 1
    1. Are we reusing them or do you want new? - New
    2.  reusing are they analog? - N/A
    3. If you want new, do you want analog or IP, wired or wireless? - IP/Wired

Hazelton Facility

  1. Current Count of Simple Handsets - 38
  1. Number of Simple Handsets that are wall mounted - 3
  1. Current Count of Higher Function Handsets - 0

       4. Number of Higher Function Handsets that are wall mounted - 0

  1. Number of Conference Room Phones (Polycom SoundStation or similar)? - 2
    1. Are we reusing them or do you want new? - New
    2. If reusing are they analog? - N/A
    3. If you want new, do you want analog or IP, wired or wireless? - IP/Wired

LSWIB Facility

  1. Current Count of Simple Handsets - 9
  1. Number of Simple Handsets that are wall mounted - 0
  1. Current Count of Higher Function Handsets - 0
  1. Number of Higher Function Handsets that are wall mounted - 0
  1. Number of Conference Room Phones (Polycom SoundStation or similar)? - 1
    1. Are we reusing them or do you want new? - New
    2. If reusing are they analog? - N/A
    3. If you want new, do you want analog or IP, wired or wireless? - IP/Wired

Are you open to other network upgrades for a strong foundation?

We are not looking for upgrades unrelated to the phone system at this time. We have upgraded wireless access points and our firewalls at the offices within roughly the last 2 years.

Is leasing an option?

This will be a direct purchase.

PRI or POTS? Who is the carrier?

Wilkes-Barre – PRI - Windstream

Hazleton – Utilizes the PRI from Wilkes-Barre over T1

LSWIB – Utilizes the PRI in Wilkes-Barre via Fiber link between buildings.

 Cable modem speeds?

Wilkes-Barre – 35/3

Hazleton – 50/5

LSWIB – 35/3

We are currently in talks with PenTeleData to have all three offices upgraded to 100/10. Once we receive confirmation it is available we will be upgrading.

What is your total budget for this project?

We have not determined a budget for this project. We are looking for an accurate quote for what we need and will decide from that.

How many years of vendor warranty coverage should be included in the quote?

5 year minimum.

LEGAL NOTICE L/S WIB, Inc. Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I for Youth out of school (ages 16—24) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Youth for in-school youth (ages 5 -18) RFP

LEGAL NOTICE Luzerne Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (L/S WIB) is seeking qualified providers to operate the programs under the auspices of the L/S WIB. The programs are Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I for Youth out of school (ages 16—24) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Youth for in-school youth (ages 5 -18).

The purpose of the Request For Proposal is to identify organizations with an innovative workforce development service vision and a high commitment to customer service that are interested in the planning, managing, operating, and implementing the delivery of WIOA Title I Youth services and TANF Youth services for disadvantaged youth. Program eligibility must be determined prior to program commencement. This solicitation is for WIOA and TANF programs for youth residents of Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties for the period from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021.

Interested proposers may secure the Request for Proposal through written mail request to Luzerne Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, 22 E. Union Street, Suite 115, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, by fax (570) 970-4050, or email at information@lswib.org.

Proposals must be received by the L/S WIB Office no later than Friday, January, 19, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

LEGAL NOTICE L/S WIB, Inc. Telephone Provider Services RFP

LEGAL NOTICE Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc. The Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (L/S WIB) is seeking qualified telephone provider services to replace our current system with a new VoIP system for PA CareerLink^ offices in Wilkes-Barre & Hazleton and for the L/S WIB office in Wilkes-Barre. Interested proposers may secure the proposal through written mail request to Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc., 22 E. Union Street, Suite 115, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, by fax (570) 970-4050, or email at information@lswib.org. Proposals must be received by the L/S WIB office no later than January 11, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

CANCELED - December 2017 Quarterly Board Meeting

Public Notice

Interested parties are advised that the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc. Quarterly Board meeting scheduled on December 20, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Mountain Valley Golf Club, 1021 Brockton Mountain Drive, Barnesville, PA 18214 has been cancelled.

NEPA WDB PY 2017-2019 Multi-Year Regional Plan and L/S WIB PY 2017-2019 Multi-Year Local Plan

L/S WIB DRAFT PY17-19 Multi-Year Local Plan

NEPA WDB DRAFT PY17-19 Multi-Year Regional Plan

On behalf of Chairperson, Karen Kenderdine and the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc., in partnership with Chief Elected Officials from Luzerne County Council and Schuylkill County Commissioners, present the DRAFT Luzerne/Schuylkill Local Workforce Investment Board Multi-Year Local Plan and the DRAFT Northeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Workforce Boards Multi-Year Regional Plan for Program Years 2017-2019.  The Plans have been submitted to the PA Department of Labor and Industry.

 

YES (Your Employability Skills) Program Overview

Another successful year for the YES (Your Employability Skills) program has been completed.  the Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council, Increcently produced a video that provides a general overview of the program. Since YES was first offered in 2006 with only 1 school and 14 students initially,  5,554 students have participated in the program, with 2,010 of those earning their certification. Because of YES, students are not only equipped with the skills necessary for the workplace, but also with knowledge that will help them to grow into responsible and successful adults.  Please click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sS597QXxC4

L/S WIB receives $10,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania to bring the mobile science lab to Northeastern Pennsylvania

Gregory Hostetter, the Deputy Secretary for Animal Health & Food Safety at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and State Representative Michael B. Carroll (D-118, Luzerne/Lackawanna counties) visited the Pittston Area Intermediate Center/Middle School Tuesday to watch students as they used the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture – Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab to learn about the importance of agriculture and the food on their table.

The Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, in conjunction with the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce and Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania that it is using to bring the mobile lab to four elementary/middle schools in the Pittston Area, Wyoming Area, North Schuylkill and Shenandoah Valley school districts.

Hostetter said, “This mobile agricultural lab is great because it educates children on what agriculture is all about. It’s a hands-on learning experience and the students can do workshops. This combination of hands-on learning and science is very important. I’m sure the students will remember what they learn in this lab for years to come.”

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