The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is seeking bids for a consultant/consulting service to create a Request for Proposal (RFP) and scoring document, with input from the WIC Program. These RFP documents created by the Vendor will be used to procure WIC Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) services. The consultant will provide industry-wide, specialized knowledge and experience with eWIC systems to assure the RFP and scoring document prepared meets the FNS WIC – Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Guidance including the FNS 901 Handbook. In addition to the required elements, DHS expects the consultant/consulting service to recommend new and innovative features from other state agency contracts. DHS intends to use the results of this process to award a one year contract, with an optional one year renewal.
Wisconsin WIC serves approximately 78,000 women, infants, and children each month. The WIC Program operates statewide through 67 local agencies which consist of local health departments, non-profit agencies, tribal agencies, and one hospital. Certification, participant records, and benefit issuance occur in the web-based, automated management information system called ROSIE (Real-time Online Statewide Information Environment). Wisconsin currently has approximately 1,000 authorized retailers, including about 170 using stand-beside eWIC capable multi-function terminals.
WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provide seasonal benefits to WIC participants and low income individuals who are at least 60 years of age to purchase fresh produce at local farmers' markets or farm stands. Both programs provide a booklet of paper vouchers with preprinted dollar values, valid for the entire season. Neither program is currently enabled for EBT.
Wisconsin Department of Health Service Procurement Manager