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The State of Indiana purchases goods and services from the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. Impacting the determination of "responsive and responsible" are a number of factors, including Executive Orders and statute-mandated preferences.
In addition to the Buy Indiana program, which preferences Indiana businesses, the state requires minority and women's business enterprise participation on state contracts. These preferences, plus many others, are outlined in a solicitation's bid package.
Additionally, the State is required to purchase goods from Indiana's State Use Program (A program of the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities) and PEN (Prison Enterprise Network) Products when these vendors are able to provide products to State specifications.