Panel de­ci­dies state to seek pro­cure­ment-law ad­viser

Leg­isla­tive bureau to is­sue re­quest Fri­day for pro­pos­als

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - MICHAEL R. WICKLINE

The Bureau of Leg­isla­tive Re­search will seek pro­pos­als from con­sul­tants to help a leg­isla­tive panel study the state’s pro­cure­ment laws, reg­u­la­tions and pro­ce­dures and rec­om­mend changes, a panel de­cided Wednes­day.

The bureau will is­sue its re­quest for pro­pos­als on Fri­day. The dead­line for sub­mit­ting pro­pos­als will be 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18, said Jill Thayer, le­gal coun­sel to bureau Di­rec­tor Marty Gar­rity.

“We look­ing for some­one who can give you an im­par­tial over­view of the en­tire pro­cure­ment process and the laws and the rules and reg­u­la­tions that are ap­plied in or­der for you to de­ter­mine whether there are any changes that need to be made leg­isla­tively,” Thayer told the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil’s Re­view Sub­com­mit­tee.

Af­ter­ward, a sub­com­mit­tee co-chair­man, Rep. Jon Eubanks, R-Paris, said the cost won’t be known un­til com­pa­nies sub­mit their pro­pos­als.

The re­view of pro­cure­ment laws comes in the af­ter­math of skir­mish­ing by some law­mak­ers and Gov. Asa Hutchin­son’s ad­min­is­tra­tion over var­i­ous con­tracts. Those in­clude a

The re­view of pro­cure­ment laws comes in the af­ter­math of skir­mish­ing by some law­mak­ers and Gov. Asa Hutchin­son’s ad­min­is­tra­tion over var­i­ous con­tracts.

scrapped con­tract that the De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices pro­posed to have with an In­di­ana-based firm to run seven youth lock­ups, and the Arkansas Schol­ar­ship Lot­tery’s ap­proved ad­ver­tis­ing con­tract with CJRW.

Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, said in an in­ter­view that “we thought we could pos­si­bly have some flaws not only within the way that we pro­cure cer­tain goods and ser­vices, but also pos­si­bly with the way that we’re do­ing our se­lec­tion cri­te­ria and we’re hav­ing those eval­u­a­tors to look at things, so we thought that we should look at the whole thing.”

“I wouldn’t say that there has been any one con­tract that has caused that. I just think it has been mul­ti­ple [con­tracts],” said Hickey.

As part of its rules adopted in May, the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil as­signed to the Re­view Sub­com­mit­tee a study of pro­cure­ment laws, reg­u­la­tions and poli­cies with a re­port to be pre­sented to the coun­cil in De­cem­ber 2018, in ad­vance of the 2019 reg­u­lar ses­sion, ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Leg­isla­tive Re­search.

The sub­com­mit­tee was to look at the pro­cesses and re­quire­ments for re­quests for qual­i­fi­ca­tions; re­sponses to re­quests for pro­pos­als and for qual­i­fi­ca­tions; and the im­pact of pro­cure­ment pro­cesses on the le­gal, ar­chi­tec­tural, en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion man­age­ment and land sur­vey­ing pro­fes­sions.

The sub­com­mit­tee will re­view the con­sul­tants’ pro­pos­als dur­ing its Sept. 8 meet­ing and then de­cide which con­sul­tants will pro­vide ver­bal pre­sen­ta­tions to the panel dur­ing its Sept. 13 meet­ing, Thayer said. The sub­com­mit­tee will rec­om­mend which con­sul­tant that it wants the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil to hire dur­ing a coun­cil com­mit­tee meet­ing Sept. 21, ac­cord­ing to the bureau’s draft re­quest for pro­pos­als.

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