Contract Procurement Committee Update
Staff Contact: Amber Mooney
Please join us in welcoming Amber Mooney to The Business Council’s Government Affairs team. Amber’s assignments will include contract procurement issues, as well as workforce development/education. She can be reached at 518-465-7511 ext. 208, and at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is a great addition to the GAC team; please help us welcome her to the Council and to the world of state procurement law.
Final Budget Update
Our overview of the final budget agreement is available on line here. Click here to the Contract Procurement section. Most of the major procurement-related proposals included in the Executive Budget proposal were not adopted by the legislature in the final budget, e.g., mandates for domestic content in items procured by the state, appointment of a new chief procurement officer, restrictions on political contributions by contract holders were proposals not approved as part of the final budget. The budget did include a temporary extension of MWBE contracting/procurement provisions that are set to sunset on April 15, 2018; provided that a required statewide disparity study is completed and delivered to the Governor and legislature on or before June 30, 2017, the MWBE provisions would be extended to December 31, 2018.
Rest of Session
We welcome your input on issues of interest for the rest of session. In particular, we have been asked to provide comments on the Comptroller’s proposed "New York state procurement integrity act,” S.3984 (DeFrancisco)/A.6355 (Peoples-Stokes), which, among other things would restore the Comptroller’s oversight over contracting by SUNY and CUNY, but would also place new requirements and restrictions on state contractors.
Based on our 2017 Legislative Agenda, legislation/reforms we support include:
- Creation of a state information technology innovation center. [see S.1121 (Funke)/A.1713 (Hevesi)]
- Streamlining MWBE certification and re-certification process
- Revisiting the MWBE net worth threshold [see S.3018 (Ritchie)/A.2819 (Bichotte)
- Allowing the leasing of technology equipment by state and municipal government entities [see A.1618 (Hevesi)]
- Amending Lobby Act definition of “restricted period” to match newly amended State Finance Law amendments
- Standardizing the FOIL process, which varies greatly among agencies
- Clarifying that a request for information (RFI) does not trigger a restricted period on communications
Ken Pokalsky | Vice President
Amber Mooney | Manager, Government Affairs