Contract Procurement Committee Update

January 21, 2010

State Budget Proposed Relevant Provisions

The Governor’s proposed state budget contains several provisions which may be of interest to members, some of which should look familiar to veterans of the state budget and legislative process. The proposed budget does not include language to extend the Procurement Lobbying Law, which expires on March 10, 2010.

Look for The Business Council’s complete budget write-up in Friday’s Government Affairs weekly update.

Technology Efficiencies Promoted in Governor’s Budget

The Governor’s Briefing Book (pages 122-128) outlines numerous initiatives the executive branch anticipates taking to make government more efficient based on recommendations made by the Governor’s Office for Taxpayer Accountability. Some examples include consolidating call centers; acting upon legislation enacted in 2009 to “in source” IT consultants; launching a new business model to jump start the consolidation of technology services under CIO/OFT; and the issuance of  an RFP to obtain the services of a strategic sourcing vendor to analyze what the State spends in the context of the current market economy and ensure an emphasis on operational improvements. This data will establish standards for commonly purchased goods and services, enabling the State to consolidate purchases at lower prices and with better terms and conditions.

Advisory Committee on Procurement Lobbying to meet January 27

The next meeting of the ACPL is set for January 27 at 11am. These meetings are Web cast with further details available from the ACPL Web page.

Given the Governor’s proposal to eliminate the ACPL, this could be your last chance to “tune in”.