Single Source Procurement: STD - Laboratory Services

Pursuant to New York State Finance Law § 163.10(b), The New York State Department of Health is presenting the following summary of relevant circumstances, and material and substantial reasons why a competitive procurement was not feasible.

This single source procurement is being requested due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a resulting Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decision to direct ACA program funds to support STD testing for safety-net populations (i.e. un/underinsured individuals). New York State STD programs were informed of this decision with CDC's issuance of a competitive funding opportunity announcement to continue STD programs.

The Center for Disease Detection (CDD) provides critical STD laboratory testing services for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Treponema pallidum infections of at-risk persons screened in public health and community settings. These screening services are integral to the Department of Health's efforts to monitor prevalence, interrupt the spread of disease, and prevent the complications of undetected infection. The current contract provides essential lab testing services for over 30,000 high risk women and their sexual partners in New York State annually. These services will continue to provide critical STD screening for at-risk individuals and will reduce the incidence of adverse consequences such as infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy. Research shows that scaling back on laboratory testing and STD control efforts leads to a dramatic increase in morbidity. Without approval of the 12-month extension, there will be a gap in critical testing services that are provided for vulnerable populations served in the following settings: local health department STD clinics, family planning clinics, adolescent, college, and community health centers, as well as juvenile detention centers.

This contractor was originally awarded a contract as a result of the competitive procurement process. This is a 12 month extension of the contract under the same terms, conditions, and pricing authorized under the existing contract. The single source extension period will allow for the continuation of critical services pending outcome of a new competitive procurement to obtain these services.

Procurement / Program Name STD - Laboratory Services
Contractor Name(s) Center for Disease Detection
Contract Period 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Contract Number(s) C022043