Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Washington State Conducting Public Works Procurement Study

Based on legislation adopted earlier in 2012, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is conducting a Public Works Procurement Study at the Legislature's direction to review the state's public works procurement process and make recommendations for public works procurement reform to the Legislature.  The report is due to the Legislature by December 15, 2012.

Subjects to be studied:  The following broad issues have been identified for evaluation:
  • Bidding / Contracting
  • Women-owned, Minority, Disadvantaged, Small business access
  • Self-performance limits / Contracting out requirements 
  • Advertising
  • Electronic bidding / Electronic signatures 
  • Small Public Works Projects
  • Job Order Contracting
  • Low bid process, alternatives to low-bid 
  • Project Management / Change Orders
  • Project Closeout
  • Contractor Qualification
  • Responsibility Criteria / Debarment
  • Prequalification
  • General
  • Best practices / training
  • Multiple Statutory Frameworks for different types of public owners
  • Ethics in Public Contracting
  • Public Transparency / Access to project documents
  • Streamlining the centralized (DES) public works procurement
  • Professional Services
More information:  Visit the website for the Public Works Procurement Study for more information.

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