2006 CONTRACT PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
Following identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees and Councils during 2006.
- Support reform and permanent extension of the Procurement Stewardship Act.TBC supported reforms would:
- increase the threshold for discretionary purchasing by state agencies and municipalities.
- assure a more timely approval of contracts by: increasing the threshold for Office of State Comptroller's pre-audit of state contracts reducing the time period for OSC pre-audit reviews, and by clarifying responsibilities of agencies, OGS and OSC in the permit review process.
- provide for a centralized vendor responsibility database that required periodic updates and a reasonable scope of inquiry regarding past legal compliance and contract performance.
- provides for broader use of leasing by state agencies.
- provide for on-line distribution of the state Contract Reporter.
- provide for post-award debriefings for unsuccessful bidders.
- Support amendments to the 2005 Procurement Lobbying Act to establish a more reasonable definition of procurement lobbying activities, to clarify prohibitions on contingent contracts, and eliminate inconsistencies between the Legislative Law and State Finance Law. %%Support either the repeal of Executive Order 127, or incorporation of certain provisions of EO 127 into the Procurement Lobbying Act.
- Oppose legislation that imposes undue new restrictions on state contacts, including prohibitions on the use of out of state or"offshore" resources to service contracts; unreasonable criteria for state personal service contracts; and requirements for vendors to submit their employee data to the state.
- Support the use of "cost of ownership" criteria in any use of "aggregate purchasing" by the Office of General Services.
- Support adoption of reasonable general contract conditions by OGS that avoid imposing unreasonable obligations or liabilities on vendors.
- Support legislation that exempts homeland security-related procurement that is federally funded from OSC pre-audit requirements.