Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Training in September: Washington Construction Law

21st Annual Washington Construction Law Seminar:  I've attended this seminar in previous years and always found it to be very helpful.  I will be attending again this year.

When:  September 18-19, 2014 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 

Agenda and Speakers:
  • Federal Construction Law - New Developments (Bruce P. Babbitt)
  • Washington State Public Works Competitive Bidding and Bid Protests (Arnold R. Hedeen)
  • Key Clauses of Construction Contracts (Alan Bornstein)
  • Integrated Project Delivery (Scott R. Sleight)
  • Key State Tax Considerations for Construction Projects (George C. Mastrodonato)
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) (Brendan J. Peters)
  • Construction Changes/Differing Site Conditions (John P. Ahlers)
  • What Happens When Someone in the Chain Goes Bankrupt? (Jerry N. Stehlik)
  • Discovery Issues in Construction Claims (Andrew L. Greene)
  • Washington Construction Law - New Developments (Paul R. Cressman, Jr.)
  • Claims Against Design Professionals (Stanton P. Beck)
  • Design Professional Considerations (Blaine J. Weber)
  • Ethical Considerations for Construction Lawyers (John A. Strait)
  • Insurance in the Construction Industry (Todd C. Hayes)
  • Lien and Bond Claims; Dealing with Sureties (Kerry C. Lawrence)
  • Construction Mediation (Henry C. Jameson)
  • $645 - Government employees
  • Other fees for different categories
  • The sponsor of this training, The Seminar Group, will provide my blog readers with a $50 per person discount off of the regular tuition rate.  Call The Seminar Group to register and mention Mike Purdy and the discount code "SPP50." 
Credits:  Approved for continuing education credits with:
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Alaska
  • Construction Risk & Insurance Specialists by IRMI
  • AIA (American Institute of Architects)
  • American Institute of Constructors
  • Construction Management Association of America
Sponsored by:  The Seminar Group

Information and registration:  Click here.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Job Opening: Senior Procurement Systems & Business Analyst

Sound Transit
  • Position: Senior Procurement Systems & Business Analyst
  • Location:  Seattle, Washington
  • Closing Date:  August 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm, Pacific Time
  • Salary: $59,419 to $74,273 Annually
  • Job Summary:  Under general directions, provides analytical expertise and technical support for enterprise systems and highly complex/specialized technology applications for the Procurement & Contracts Division (PCD).  Provides an overall strategic analysis, troubleshooting, testing, documentation, operation functionality, and services using enterprise and other system applications.  Responsible for creating increased efficiencies of division resources through tracking, automating, and streamlining processes.  Assists in the communication and implementation of PCD system and business initiatives at all levels of the organization.  Analyzes standards and methodologies for improving procurement systems performance, utilization, reporting, and data updates to ensure compliance and data integrity.  Serves as a technical resource to agency procurement systems users and perform special projects, such as spend analysis, as required.
  • For More Information and to Apply:  Click here.
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Job Opening: Contracts Specialist 3

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES)
  • Position: Contracts Specialist 3 (three position openings)
  • Location:  Olympia, Washington
  • Closing Date:  July 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time
  • Salary: $4,114 to $5,395 Monthly
  • Job Summary: Within the Agency Contracts, Consulting, and Oversight (ACCO) unit, this Contract Specialist 3 position will provide professional level of expertise, using mature judgment and expert understanding of procurement and contract laws, policies and best practices, in advising internal and external customers on procurement and contracting for goods and services, including Information Technology (IT).  The ACCO unit, within the Contracts and Legal Services (CLS) division, provides complex competitive procurement and contracting services to both internal and external customers and statutorily required policy oversight and training on procurement and contracting for goods and services on a statewide basis.  Due to the nature of the CLS and ACCO as a center of excellence in procurement and contracting, the skill set of incumbents must be exemplary.
  • For More Information and to Apply:  Click here.
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Job Opening: Contracts Specialist 2

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES)
  • Position: Contracts Specialist 2
  • Location:  Olympia, Washington
  • Closing Date:  July 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time
  • Salary: $3,549 to $4,653 Monthly
  • Job Summary:  The Master Contracts & Consulting (MCC) program creates and administers master contracts that have a statewide focus that helps customer agencies meet their mission. MCC has approximately 35 staff divided over three teams. This current recruitment is for a position on Team 1 which serves a wide variety of state and local government; and our primary commodities are medical equipment and supplies, travel related services, office supplies, purchasing card, security, environmental equipment and services, food, personal services, and janitorial services.  Under the legislative authority charged to the Department of Enterprise Services, this position performs expert level statewide contract management of assigned goods and services, with little or no oversight, including exercising signing authority up to $100,000.
  • For More Information and to Apply:  Click here.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Gets 10 Years in Prison for Contracting Bribery Scandal

Ray Nagin
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, first elected as a reformer vowing to clean up the corruption of city politics, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in a bribery scandal.  Even after the July 9, 2014 sentencing, Nagin maintained his innocence.

More than $200,000 in bribes: Nagin was accused of accepting more than $200,000 in bribes in exchange for providing favorable treatment for companies who received more than $5 million in city contracts.  The bribes included cash, checks, wire transfers, a vacation in Hawaii, first-class airfare to Jamaica, private jet travel and a limousine for New York City, and cellular phone service. 

Culture of corruption:  New Orleans and Louisiana have a well-known and sordid history of political corruption that has landed many former public officials and employees in prison.

Turning the tide:  How can public agencies begin to change the culture and ensure honest government? It obviously starts from the top with elected officials. Here are some quick tips:
  1. Develop and adopt a rigorous ethics policy
  2. Require regular ethics training for elected officials and employees
  3. Require annual public disclosure statements for elected officials and key employees of potential conflicts of interest
  4. Have clear and transparent contracting policies and procedures
  5. Ensure adequate checks and balances on power, especially related to contracting
  6. Adopt a whistleblower policy to protect public employees when they disclose wrong doing
  7. Establish separation of duties so that one employee cannot perform duties in potential conflict with other duties
  8. Have a rigorous internal audit function

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Job Opening: Contracting Officer

University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Position: Contracting Officer
  • Location:  Anchorage, Alaska
  • Closing Date:  August 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm, Alaska
  • Salary: $55,868 to $71,656 Annually
  • Job Summary:  This position primarily performs complex procurement transactions, including RFPs and IFBs for a diverse group of commodities and services to support the 15,000 students and 2,000 plus staff and faculty of the University of Alaska Anchorage and its extended sites. Procurement authority is in excess of $200,000.  
  • For More Information and to Apply:  Click here.
  • Discuss the Position:  If you would like to discuss the position, you can contact Mary Beth Overturf, Director of Procurement Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her phone number is (907) 786-6508 and her email is
  • Information about University of Alaska Anchorage:  Click here.  
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Congratulations to New CPPOs and CPPBs!!

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) has announced the names of the latest public procurement professionals who passed their exams for CPPO (Certified Public Procurement Officer) and CPPB (Certified Professional Public Buyer).  The CPPO and CPPB designations are recognized throughout the public procurement profession.

Congratulations!  Congratulations to the 201 newly certified individuals for CPPB (including Karlie Beach of the City of San Marcos, Texas) and the 95 who recently earned their CPPO certification (including Kimberly Hankins of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services)!!  There are now 9,778 CPPB and 2,532 CPPO certified individuals.

Congratulations to Washington State!!! And a special congratulations to the following from Washington state who earned the CPPO and CPPB!!
  • CPPO
  • Pamela J. Kane, Snohomish County
  • Patsy K. Best, City of Tacoma
  • Sharon A. Rothwell, Port of Tacoma
  • Colleen T. Bailey, City of Yakima
  • CPPB
  • Brenda J. Lacey,  Pierce Transit
  • Patrisha S. Roth, Sound Transit
  • Janet L. Bulman, City of Shoreline
  • Dawn Michele Leischner, Port of Tacoma
  • Elma B. Malloy, City of Vancouver
  • Lynn Reude, City of Vancouver
Recognition at NIGP Forum:  Newly certified professionals who will be attending NIGP's Annual Forum in August in Philadelphia will be publicly recognized for their accomplishment at Forum.

List of newly certified professionals:
Next exams:  The next examinations are scheduled for October 20 - November 1, 2014.  Applications for the October exam will be accepted by UPPCC through July 28, 2014.
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