2003 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
The Contract Procurement Committee will support policy, legislation and regulation which will ensure economic growth and stability within New York State through open, and equal competition to all interested parties.
Contracting Out (Privatization)/Competitive Bidding/Preferential Bidding
legislation which would decrease the incidence of government agencies,
authorities, and prison industries competing with the private sector.
In specific we would oppose the growing trend of those entities to obtain
goods, services, or construction with public dollars.
legislation which would establish an objective review process which
determines whether a good, service or public work project should be
contracted out or provided by the public entity, including mandated
and preferred source goods and services.
legislation which would create consistent enforcement of municipal contracts,
similar to the manner in which state contracts are enforced.
legislation, regulation or administrative action which would institute
an electronic transfer of both contract documents, and of funds for
payment, wherever feasible.
- Oppose legislation which creates a preference of one class of bidder over another.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
legislation which would establish an independent contract dispute resolution
mechanism which would render decisions in an objective and expedient
(Legislation should also require that a written explanation of award to both winner and loser be submitted after award. Allow unsuccessful bidders to be debriefed, confidentially, as to why their bid was unsuccessful. This allows a continual learning process for both contracting agency and bidder.
Speedy Award Process (Service and Commodity Contracts)
legislation which would create a timely process for the award of a contract
using specified deadlines.
- Emergency construction contracts.
- Oppose legislation which would create a "vendor responsibility" file and/or establish a pre-qualified bidder's list for commodity and service contracts.
Qualification Based selection for design professional services for all
state and local public works projects.
- Support "Hold Harmless" legislation which would allow contracts to be paid during budget delays.