Government Contract | California
Commuter Benefits Program - Third Party Administrator

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000564470

Bid Title: Commuter Benefits Program - Third Party Administrator

Agency Bid No. Title: 901436

Received Date: 05/09/2016

Close Date: 06/23/2016

Purchase Type: 3 year term

Delivery Point:

Delivery Date: Not Stated


Specifications include, but are not limited to:Alameda County has over 9,000 employees commuting to over 80 buildings in 14 cities. In March 2008, the County introduced the Commuter Benefit Program. Under this program, employees are offered the opportunity to set aside before-tax dollars to pay for mass transit and parking expenses as they relate to commuting to and from work. Presently, 541 County employees participate in the Countys Commuter Benefit Program.Employees participating in the Commuter Benefit Program experience state and federal tax savings on their monthly payroll deductions. The County saves approximately 10% of the amount of employees deductions through lower FICA, SUI, and workers compensation costs. With continued increases in program participation, it is expected that these savings will exceed the Commuter Benefit Program administration costs.Alameda County offers the Commuter Benefit Program payroll deductions under Internal Revenue Code (IRS) Code Section 132(f) as amended by Section 910, PL105-78, to allow any of its employees to elect a pre-tax payroll deduction up to $255 monthly in lieu of taxable compensation for mass transit and van-pooling and $255 monthly in lieu of taxable compensation for parking costs. Both amounts are subject to change by the IRS Code 132.Qualified mass transportation expenses can be a token, fare card or any items entitling a person to transportation on a mass transit facility such as (but not limited to) BART, MUNI, and AC Transit.Qualified parking expenses are the costs for parking on or near a County's business premises or at a location from which the employee commutes by car, bus or train.Qualified vanpooling is done in a commuter highway vehicle defined as a vehicle with seating capacity of six or more adults (not including the driver) and at least 80% of the annual mileage is for transporting employees between their residence and employer. Typically, there is a fee for using a vanpool service. The fee is a reimbursable commuting expense.Currently, eligible County employees can enroll online in the Commuter Benefit Program by contacting the Countys Employee Benefits Center (EBC) to obtain a username and password. Depending on when the employee enrolls in the program, typically payroll deductions will start the first of the following month. Once enrolled, the employee can adjust their deduction amount at any time by submitting a new enrollment. It takes approximately 10 business days from the paycheck date for the funds to be available in the employees Commuter Benefit Program account.

Product Code: 94645

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: County of Alameda

State: California

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Gina Temporal GSA - Purchasing, 1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 907, Oakland, California, 94612

Phone: 510-208-9606

Fax: 510-208-9626




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