Agenda Item 7D
Senior Legislative AttomeyrQ
Bil148-14, Purchases from Minority Owned Businesses
Request for Proposals
Government Operations and Fiscal Poticy Committee recommendation
the Bill with amendments.
Bill 48-14, Purchases from Minority Owned Businesses - Procedures - Request for
Proposals, sponsored by then Council President Rice, then Council Vice President Leventhal, and
Councilmembers EIrich and Branson, was introduced on October 21,2014. A public hearing was
held on December 2 and a Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession was
held on March 19.
The 2014 Disparity Study found a statistically significant underutilization of some
Minority, Female, and Disabled (MFD) groups in each procurement category that can be attributed
to discrimination in the marketplace. Although the County's current MFD subcontracting
requirement has increased the utilization of MFD firms, new ideas and remedies are necessary.
The goal of this Bill is to authorize an additional tool to remedy the significant underutilization of
some MFD groups in County procurement.
Bill 48-14 would permit an evaluation factor in a request for proposals to increase the
participation of ,minority owned firms in certain procurement contracts. The Department of
General Services Director! would be authorized to establish an evaluation factor in a request for
proposals that would award additional points for a proposal from:
a contractor for whom a goal has been set under the MFD program; and
a contractor for whom a goal has not been set who proposes to exceed the minority
owned business procurement subcontracting goal established for the contract.
reorganized the Executive Branch and established the Office of Procurement as a principal office of the
Executive Branch. Therefore, implementation would
the responsibility of the new Office of Procurement.