Contract Procurement Committee Update
June 2, 2017

Amber L. Mooney
Manager of Government Affairs
518.465.7511 Ext. 208

Mooney Named to State Procurement Council

Amber Mooney, who joined The Business Council’s government affairs staff in April, has been named by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb as our representative to the State Procurement Council, filling the position vacated by Sonia Lindell. The Procurement Council is responsible for the study, analysis and development of recommendations to improve state procurement policy and practices; and for development and issuance of guidelines governing state agency procurement. She will also be taking over our advocacy work on procurement issues. Committee members can contact her at amber.mooney@bcnys.org or 518-465-7511, extension 208.

Executive Order 162

The Cuomo Administration has issued “preliminary guidance” on implementation of Executive Order 162. The guidelines, forms, instructions and FAQ document are accessible online here. After considerable pressure from The Business Council and other organizations, the Administration established a 30-day public comment period prior to finalization. The EO, issued in January 2017, will require most state contractors to submit detailed information on pay levels for their employees working on state contracts, broken down by race/ethnicity and sex, and would apply to state contracts issued on or after June 1, 2017.

The Business Council has raised a number of serious concerns with the Administration with regard to both the Executive Order and its implementation plan. A summary of key provisions and major concerns is provided below. We welcome input and questions from Committee members. Please contact ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org or frank.kerbein@bcnys.org

End of Session Procurement Legislation

We are responding to several legislative proposals to be considered during the last three weeks of the 2017 legislative session, and welcome your input and questions on these proposals. Staff contact: ken.pokalsky@bcnys.org or amber.mooney@bcnys.org

Business Council IT Forum

The Business Council will hold an Information Technology and Telecommunications Forum on Tuesday, June 6 in Albany, focusing on the issues of a state “iCenter”, cyber security, data breach, and internet issues related to business and privacy. The day will feature speakers from the Center for Internet Technology and AT&T to discuss “the internet of Things” and how we are all connected to the modern world of technology. It’s a CEO’s Guide to Data Security. There will be a luncheon with the State’s newly appointed CIO Bob Samson of the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) who will discuss the role of Information Technology Services. ITS provides statewide IT strategic direction, directs IT policy and delivers centralized IT products and services that support the mission of the State. Staff contact: johnny.evers@bcnys.org