July 30, 2015

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Non-Roadway Construction Electronic Procurement System Project

MoDOT is participating with the rest of Missouri’s government agencies with the implementation of a new electronic procurement system for non-roadway construction solicitations. A contract was awarded to Perfect Commerce in mid-April. This new system is branded:


Through the eProcurement System, the Office of Administration desires to implement a best in class eProcurement solution to automate the procurement and purchasing process, enable a more strategic approach to procurement for the state and fully integrate and interface with the current SAMII financial system. The state seeks to accomplish the following through this system:

  • Improve processing efficiency through a modern, web-based system,
  • Integrate contract management, purchasing and reporting to identify effective spending,
  • Improve reporting and business intelligence to identify what is procured and the associated cost,
  • Improve customer interaction with state agency users, improve local governments’ ability to purchase off of state contracts, and improve the system for the business community.

The new system will be comprised of three modules that will be phased in over a twelve month period: 1) Vendor Registration; 2) Solicitation; and 3) Order/Invoice Management. The Vendor portal will go live in mid to late August 2015. State agencies will be integrated into the solicitation phase in waves and MoDOT is included in the third wave scheduled for October 2015. The order and invoice process phase is slated to begin in December 2015.

There are several MoDOT representatives involved in the implementation of this system:
General Services – Robin Warren, Cindy Norman and Rebecca Jackson
Financial Services – Suzette Kempker and Amy Blankenship
Information Systems - Marisa Senevey, Amy Binkley and Amy Wilson

Feel free to reach out to these team members if you have any questions or receive any inquiries related to this system. For additional information, the Office of Administration has created the following website and will be adding information to this site on a regular basis.

For additional information, visit


More July Health and Safety Tips

Working in the Heat

Every year, thousands of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, fainting and heat rash, can be prevented by taking some simple precautions. Many conditions affect an individual’s heat tolerance, including temperature, humidity, airflow and radiant heat from the sun. Personal factors such as age, weight, physical fitness and other medical conditions must also be considered. Fans, ventilation systems, dehumidifiers and air conditioners regulate heat indoors, but outside work requires more consideration. Keep the following tips in mind when working outside.

heatWork Practices
Alternating work with periods of rest in a cool area can help you avoid heat stress. If possible, the heaviest work should be scheduled during the cooler parts of the day. Supervisors should be trained to detect early signs of heat stress and permit workers to rest if they begin feeling the symptoms of excessive heat.

Drinking Water
Sweating is the primary way your body cools itself. But too much sweating can result in large water losses. Dehydration can be prevented by drinking at least eight ounces of water every 30 minutes. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to start replacing lost water. By that time, it’s too late to catch up.

Always wear loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics. This allows air to circulate around your body and prevents heat rash.

Periodic Breaks
Be sure to take short breaks if you feel fatigued, confused or experience nausea. These symptoms could be warning signs of a serious heat-related disorder.

Signs and Symptoms
Heat Stroke: Skin that is red, dry or hot, confusion, fainting, seizures, and often lack of sweating.
First Aid: Call 911, move them to a cooler area, loosen or remove excess clothing, cool by any means, provide water if conscious, and stay with the individual.

Heat Exhaustion: Excessive sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability and thirst.
First Aid: Move employee to a cooler area, have them drink water, cool with ice packs or compress, stay with them, and seek medical attention if symptoms do not improve after 60 minutes.

Central Office Happenings
workshopAs mentioned in Jeff Padgett’s email last week, workshops are being offered to provide employees details on the High Deductible Health Plan and Health Savings Account being offered starting January 1, 2016. This new plan gives employees the option to continue having comprehensive medical coverage with a lower monthly premium.

Enrollment begins Oct. 1, so sign up for one of these workshops to learn all the details.

August 18 - 9 to 11 a.m. - CO Room 303
August 20 - 1 to 3 p.m. - CO Gold Room

To regiseter……

Information on this new option is available on the Employee Benefits website at



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