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State of Ohio - Controlling Board Request
30 East Broad Street, 34th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3457
(614) 466-5721 FAX:(614) 466-3813
OPERATING REQUEST Controlling Board No.
Status:  Approved
Meeting Date:  6/15/2020

Workers Compensation

Workers Compensation
Waiver of Competitive Selection  (Revised Code Section 127.16B)
      No Competitive Opportunity
      Agency Released Competitive Opportunity
Agency Released Competitive Opportunity (Revised Code Section 127.162)
Other Statutory Authority/Bill Section:
Operating Transfer Request  (Revised Code Section 127.14)
      Other Statutory Authority/Bill Section:
Fiscal Year(s)
Bill No.
HB 80
Eligible for OBM
Director Approval?

For FYAmountNameAddressCityStateCountyZip Code
BWC01 2021 $322,400.00 Hire CIO Inc 10488 Churchill Dr Powell OH Delaware 43065

Fund GroupFund CodeAppropriation Line ItemAppropriation Line Item NameFYAmountFYAmount
7023 855409 Administrative Services 2021 $322,400.00 $.00

Stephanie B. McCloud 06/15/2020
Agency Director or Authorized Agent On The Date Of
05/22/2020 W. Fletch Zimpher
Date Controlling Board President/OBM Director
Name:  Mark A Later Title:  Director, Fiscal Operations
Phone:  (614) 466 - 1032 Fax:  (614) 621 - 2256 E-Mail:
  The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) respectfully requests Controlling Board approval to waive competitive selection in the amount of $322,400.00 from fund 7023, ALI 855409 (Administrative Services), for FY2021 to renew the contract with Hire CIO Inc., Powell Ohio, to provide IT consulting services in the area of IBM mainframe support engineer to support the BWC IBM mainframe environment.     
  This request provides the BWC Infrastructure and Operations Department with senior level expertise in the area of IBM mainframe technical support. BWC continues to utilize the IBM mainframe environment to support business-critical systems that perform actuarial ratemaking, electronic payments, fraud management, and claims document management. As this technology has aged, the availability of mainframe support engineers has greatly diminished. All but one of the BWC employees who performed these tasks in the past has retired. Efforts to fill vacancies in this area were unsuccessful. It has become necessary to rely upon contract staff to fill the gaps in this support team.

BWC is working to phase out its reliance upon the legacy platform, but additional initiatives in future fiscal years will be required to complete the task. Review of several of the mainframe applications are scheduled to take place in fiscal year 2021. From there, plans will be developed and executed to migrate these applications to another platform. Until then, contract staff provide the only practical means to ensure reliable continuity of service for BWC customers.

Bids were solicited for this role through the RFQ process with several State Term Schedule (STS) vendors attracting only two qualifying bids. In an attempt to fully utilize the RFQ process we again advertised the opportunity with no additional candidates offered. This consultant was selected from candidates offered by the STS suppliers.

The Department of Administrative Services will reimburse BWC for a portion of the cost of this contract, specifically when the contractors work benefits the states enterprise IT operations and not exclusively BWC operations.

IBM Mainframe Support Engineer - Matt Ward- STS Number 534355
Attachments Controlling Board Request No.: BWC0100150
Attachment TypeAttachment Description
Contract Statement of Work
Release and Permit Release and Permit
Release and Permit Information
NameFYAmountR & P #R & P DateIssued ByComments
Hire CIO Inc 2021 $322,400.00 BWC01210006 05/22/2020 Acquisitions Management

Operating Request Required Information
Contract Renewal - Hire CIO Inc
Controlling Board Request No.: BWC0100150
1.  Identify the contractor and provide the contractor's address of their principal place of business.
Hire CIO Inc
10488 Churchill Dr
Powell, OH 43065
County: Delaware


2. Provide a brief history of the project or program being affected by the work of the contractor.
  BWC has used IBM mainframe computers to host many critical applications since 1991. In recent years, however, it became clear that more contemporary solutions provide greater effectiveness at a lower cost. The new BWC Core system, implemented in 2016, removed two major applications, Claims and Policy, from the mainframe environment. BWC plans to migrate the remaining applications in the future, but still must maintain current remaining mainframe applications.
3. Specify the deliverables of this contract or describe the scope of the services to be performed by renewing this contract.
The contractor will provide during FY21: senior-level technical support, programming, system administration and consultation services related to IBM mainframe system operations, storage, security management, teleprocessing, and support of third-party packages including upgrades, architectural design, implementation, performance tuning, and problem resolution. The contractor will also support web services, overall performance monitoring and troubleshooting of the production mainframe environment.
Cite the account category of expense being used for this purchase of service(s).
Account CategorySubobjectAmountNon-Exempt Amount
510055 $322,400.00 $322,400.00
Total Amounts $322,400.00 $322,400.00


Provide the dates of previous Controlling Board approvals for this contract. Indicate whether the approvals were for the initial contract, amendments to this contract, or previous renewals for this contract. In addition to the date(s) of Controlling Board approval, provide the following information depending upon the type of contract previously approved by the Controlling Board.
  Initial Contract - Total amount of the initial contract or number of hours and the rate per hour.
  Amendment - Total amount of the amended contract (initial + amendment) or total number of hours (initial + amendment) and the total rate per hour (initial contract + contract amendment + contract renewals within the biennium).
  Renewal - Total amount of the renewed contract or the total number of hours and the total rate per hour.
NOTE: All amounts must be shown in amounts per fiscal year.
CB Approval DateType of ContractAmount per FY# of HoursRate per Hour per FY
10/16/2017 Initial $230,250.00 1,535.00 $150.00
06/11/2018 Renewal $312,000.00 2,080.00 $150.00
05/20/2019 Renewal $322,400.00 2,080.00 $155.00
6. Provide the total amount of the contract renewal or total number of hours and total rate per hour.
Total Contract Amount Total # of Hours Total Rate per Hour FY 
$322,400.00 2080  $155.00  21  
7. Is this contract rate an increase in the total amount of the contract or the rate per hour over the previous contract rate? No
8. Duration (beginning and ending dates) of this contract renewal within the biennium.
Beginning Date Ending Date
07/01/2020 06/30/2021
9. Provide all subsequent renewal schedules (beginning and ending dates) and amounts associated with this contract.
Beginning DateEnding DateTotal Amount
  Explain contract provisions. 
Provide the following employee information: Nationwide Ohio
Total Number of Employees 6    6   
Percentage of Women 30% 30%
Percentage of Minorities 30% 30%