DPS Resource Guides

DPS has published a four-volume Resource Guide, expanding on the guiding principle of transparency. The series of Resource Guides were developed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the City procurement process that is accessible for businesses at every stage of the contracting process.
The four-volume resource guides were divided into key areas of the procurement process:
  • Procurement Fundamentals – Adhering to laws governing the procurement process, and delivering the goods and services that enable the City’s User Departments to fulfill their missions
  • Incentives and Programs – Creating innovative approaches with the objective of greater inclusion, diversity, and equity in government contracting
  • Certification – Administering a rigorous process that creates access and opportunity to ensure that all firms have an opportunity to participate in contracts that are paid for with taxpayer dollars
  • Compliance – Safeguarding that vendors are meeting their commitments to Chicago’s residents 
The four-volume Resource Guide is a key initiative of many efforts led by DPS to enhance the City’s procurement processes, which are aligned with the Mayor’s commitment to creating competitive, fair, and transparent procurement for the City of Chicago.