Agenda Item 11 A
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 7-15, Reorganization - Executive Branch - Procurement
and Reorganization Plan No. 1-15
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation:
approve the Bill as
introduced and disapprove Reorganization Plan No. 1-15.
Expedited Bill 7-15, Reorganization - Executive Branch - Procurement, sponsored by the
Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on February 3,2015. A
public hearing was held on February 24 and a Government Operations and Fiscal Policy
Committee worksession was held on March 9.
Bill 7-15 would establish the Office of Procurement as a principal Office ofthe Executive
Branch and transfer procurement related functions to the Office of Procurement. Prior to July I,
2008, the Office of Procurement was a principal Office of the Executive Branch. At the request
of the Executive, the Council enacted Bil14-08, Reorganization Executive Branch, on April 15,
2008, effective July 1,2008. Part of the reorganization accomplished in Bi1l4-08 was to create a
new Department of General Services (DGS) and transfer certain functions to the new Department,
including Procurement. The Executive is now requesting to pull the Office of Procurement out of
DGS and re-establish
as a principal Office of the Executive Branch. The Office would include
the procurement function as well as the duties that have been handled by the Office of Business
Relations and Compliance, which ensures that contractors meet the wage and minority-owned
business provisions of the procurement law. The Executive explained why he requested this
reorganization in his transmittal memorandum at ©7.
County Charter §217 provides that the Council "may prescribe by law the organization of
the Executive Branch of County government." Charter §217 also authorizes the Executive to
submit a reorganization plan to the Council for approval. If the Council does not disapprove the
plan within 90 days after it is presented to the Council, it becomes law. In addition to requesting
Bill 7-15, the Executive submitted Reorganization Plan No. 1-15 establishing the Office of
Procurement as a principal office ofthe Executive Branch under Charter §217 on January 22. See
©8-11. The Council does not have the authority to amend the reorganization plan. The Council
must approve it, disapprove it, or let it become law without taking action. However, the Council
can amend Bill 7-15 and disapprove the reorganization plan.