Sunday, November 6, 2011

Washington State Seeks to Streamline Procurement

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) has been charged by the State Legislature with developing recommendations for changes in how it procures goods and services. 

Legislation Directing Streamlining:  Here's what Section 105 of ESSB 5931, approved this year, directed DES to do:
In order to effect reform and consolidation of procurement practices, the department shall review current state procurement practices, not including public works, and provide a report to the governor with procurement reform recommendations. The department should review national best practices and the procedures used in other states and by the federal government. The department may also review private sector procedures and model codes such as the American bar association model procurement code. The department shall seek input from stakeholders and interested parties. The department shall submit a report to the governor and the office of financial management by December 31, 2011. The report shall include any draft legislation needed to accomplish the report's recommendations.
Recommendations Developed by DES:  After reviewing the various sources mentioned in the legislation, DES has developed a number of recommendations.  Those recommendations will be sent to the governor by the end of the year.

DES Seeks Opinions in Online Survey:  DES is now seeking input on the recommendations by conducting an online survey, seeking input from state and local agencies, public and private sector stakeholders.

Survey Closes November 10, 2011:  The survey, which closes on Thursday, November 10, 2011, can be accessed at the following link:
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