Contract Procurement Committee Update
November 22, 2016
Governor Announces Procurement Reforms
Governor Andrew Cuomo last week issued a statement announcing ethics reforms aimed at the state procurement process. They include:
- Appointing separate Inspector Generals for CUNY and SUNY to identify and investigate “conflicts of interest, fraud, corruption and abuse”
- Appointing a Chief Procurement Officer in the Executive branch to review all state contracts
- Banning companies from making contributions to his campaign and the state Democratic Committee once RFPs for state projects are announced, and for six months after the contract is granted
As there are already checks and balances in place in the state procurement process, additional red tape for companies trying to do business with the state is cause for concern.
We will provide details on these proposals as additional information becomes available.
Update on Procurement Legislation
A bill supported by The Business Council that would level the playing field regarding notice of claims in public works contracts (S.6906/A.10136) has yet to be sent to the governor.
Legislation that would require state agencies to enroll in the state comptroller’s online system for filing vendor responsibility forms (A.10688/S.7893) was last week delivered to the governor.