Contract Procurement Committee Update
June 24, 2011
Rule Changes for SUNY and CUNY purchasing have been proposed
SUNY published in the June 22, 2011 State Register its proposed rule changes to conform existing purchasing regulations with changes enacted as part of the State Budget. †The Business Council supported the legislation as it allows SUNY and CUNY more flexibility in their purchasing and may give them greater ability to enter into public-private partnerships, all of which are necessary to leverage the many opportunities for sustainability and growth of the campuses and their regionís economy.
The proposed changes will repeal Section 316.4(e) of Chapter V of Title 8 NYCRR and replace those provisions with new standards that:
- Will increase the amount of contracts and purchase orders that need prior approval by both the Attorney General and the Office of the State Comptroller from $50,000 to $250,000.
- For the following exceptions to the increased $250,000 threshold, prior approval will be required by both the Attorney General and the Office of the State Comptroller for contracts over $125,000 when a bid protest is received prior to the contract being executed; it is a single or sole source procurement; the apparent low bid or best value is not accepted; or the award is not made in accordance with the provisions set forth by the public advertisement.
- Special provisions are enumerated for handling contracts related to NCAA Division I athletics.
- No prior approval by the Attorney General, Office of the State Comptroller and the Director of the Budget will be required for the acquisition, repair, maintenance, equipping or the improving of facilities for the delivery of health services, regardless of the amount. ††
Please visit the State Register, page 17, for all proposed changes.
For more information and to comment, please contact Lisa S. Campo at 518-320-1400 or Lisa.Campo@SUNY.edu. Public comments will be accepted until August 6, 2011.