The Department of Procurement Services (“DPS”) is the contracting authority for the procurement of goods and services for the City of Chicago. DPS also administers the certification of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Business Enterprises owned or operated by People with Disabilities. DPS monitors contract compliance, and also facilitates the sale of the City’s surplus equipment and scrap through the Online Surplus Auction Program. We pledge to work together as a team and with our customers to guarantee an open, fair and timely process by establishing, communicating and enforcing superior business practices. Integrity, Public Trust and the Law are our guiding principles.
Below, you can find information on the DPS’s budget, staffing, organization, and operations. If you cannot find what you are looking for, there are also instructions on how you can submit a FOIA request to our office.
DPS derives its authority from Municipal Ordinance 2-92 et seq. A diagram of DPS’s organizational structure may be found here.
Total operating budget for FY2012 $ = $7,974,704.00
Total budgeted positions: 91 Full-time positions (including vacancies)
Main Office: 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806, Chicago, IL 60602
Bid and Bond Room: 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 103, Chicago, IL 60602
Salvage Operations: 10101 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60617
Correspondence may be directed to: 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 806, Chicago, IL 60602
Pursuant to Section 2-92-520 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, the Affirmative Action Advisory Board assists DPS in adopting regulations and guidelines for the implementation of the City’s M/WBE procurement program. The current members of the Affirmative Action Advisory Board are: Meredith Brooks, Stephanie J. Hickman, Cory Fulton, Nancy Kiernan, Melissa Hurley, Rajiv Khanna, Arabel Rosales, Juliana Stratton, Catherine Kwiatkowski, Rebekah Scheinfeld, and Jamie L. Rhee.
All requests for records must be made in writing and must include a description of the records that are requested. Please include your name, your email or mailing address, and a daytime telephone number. If you seek records for a commercial purpose, you must disclose that fact in your request.
Procurement Services FOIA Information:
Most of the FOIA requests received by the Department of Procurement Services (DPS) ask for information that is available on the DPS website. Before you make a FOIA request, please search the DPS website to save yourself time and money. The City charges for any copies that exceed 50 pages.
Requests for records may be sent electronically to:
Electronic mail: DPSfoia@cityofchicago.org
Facsimile Number: 312.744.0010
Mailed to: FOIA Officer
Department of Procurement Services
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 806
Chicago, IL 60602
DPS’s FOIA Officer is: Catherine Kwiatkowski
DPS reserves the right to charge any fees allowed by section 6 of the FOIA. If you seek a fee waiver under the Act, please state the specific purpose for your request and explain how a waiver or reduction in fees would be in the public interest. Please note that it is within DPS’s discretion whether to grant the waiver.
Please note that all FOIA requests are posted online. FOIA requests are public information, and when you submit a FOIA request, your name and information about the request will be made available on the City's website.
Please be specific about the information you are seeking, and indicate the exact locations and dates. Please indicate in your request how you would like the information sent to you (via email, mail, or available to pick up at our office).
Due to our request volume, the most efficient way for us to respond to questions is via email: DPSfoia@cityofchicago.org