Contract Procurement Committee Budget Update
April 3, 2012

The 2012-2013 budget signed by the governor last week included many changes to the way New York State procures commodities and services. These changes also revamped the roles of different state agencies and departments, specifically the role of the Office of General Services and the commissioner thereof. These procedural changes come while the state is still in the process of implementing the administration’s strategic sourcing initiative which began last June.

Many of the new provisions contained in the budget are geared to altering the role of the commissioner of OGS, giving new power and authority over state purchasing. The commissioner will be able to:

The budget also contains other changes such as allowing municipalities and “authorized users” more options for piggybacking off of OGS contracts, increasing the threshold for contracts and agencies’ projected purchasing that must be advertised in the state’s procurement opportunities newsletter and extending the Procurement Stewardship Act to June 30, 2016. For a detailed list of changes affecting the state’s procurement process, please click here.

While the state implements these new provisions and continues with their strategic sourcing initiative, vendors are still trying to figure out the “rules of engagement” and many are in “contract limbo” as the state re-negotiates contracts. The Business Council is in discussion with the Division of Budget and the Commissioner of General Services’ office to schedule a meeting with our Contract Procurement committee to discuss these new changes and get feedback from the vendor community. We will send the committee notice as soon as a date has been scheduled, in the mean time please reach out to me with any questions and concerns.