Contract Procurement Committee
February 8, 2012

The 2012 Executive Budget proposes substantial changes to state procurement processes and expands on 2011 local government procurement mandate relief.

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To represent our members’ interests it would be helpful to have additional feedback on how and whether these changes would impact your company’s ability to do business with New York State agencies. For instance:

The following is a summary of the changes proposed in the Executive Budget. 

Public Protection & General Government Article VII Budget Bill Part L (S. 6255/A. 9055)

Consistent with the strategic sourcing approach initiated by the Governor in 2011, the budget enhances the Commissioner of General Services’ power and authority over state procurements. Changes to state contracting include:

Public Protection & General Government Article VII Budget Bill, Part M (S. 6255/A. 9055)

Expands on Chapter 500 of the laws of 2009 to include term appointments for professional, scientific, technical or other expert services to fill vacancies where the expertise required is not available through an appointment from an eligible list. These qualified experts would be exempt from taking a civil service exam, for a not to exceed sixty months and the maximum number of persons in such appointments would not exceed 500 at any one time. The Division of Budget report on the implementation of Chapter 500 appointments can be found here.

ELFA Article VII Budget Bill, Part A (S.6257/A.9057)

Will require school districts to purchase school buses through an OGS established centralized contract to be eligible for reimbursement. Only if a school district would be unable to provide appropriate transportation services with the vehicles offered through the centralized contract would the district be allowed to make an alternative purchase approved by the commissioner.