CHAPTER 55a

CONSULTANTS AND PERSONAL SERVICE AGREEMENTS

Table of Contents

Sec. 4-205. Definitions.

Secs. 4-206 to 4-209. Secretary of Office of Policy and Management to establish standards. Written procedures by state agencies for implementing standards. Requests for proposals; screening committee; selection of consultant; waiver required for noncompetitive procurement.

Secs. 4-210 and 4-211. State agency reports on awarded contracts and needs for consultant services; coordination by secretary. State agency reports on completed contracts; compilation; performance evaluations.

Sec. 4-212. Definitions.

Sec. 4-213. Personal service agreement required when hiring personal service contractor.

Sec. 4-214. Personal service agreements having cost of not more than twenty thousand dollars and term of not more than one year.

Sec. 4-215. Personal service agreements having cost of more than twenty thousand dollars but not more than fifty thousand dollars and term of not more than one year.

Sec. 4-216. Personal service agreements having cost of more than fifty thousand dollars or term of more than one year.

Sec. 4-217. Standards. Written procedures. Requests for proposals.

Sec. 4-218. Reports to the General Assembly concerning personal service agreements.

Sec. 4-219. Amendments to personal service agreements.

Secs. 4-220 to 4-229. Reserved


PART I

CONSULTANTS

Sec. 4-205. Definitions. Section 4-205 is repealed, effective October 1, 2000.

(P.A. 89-122, S. 1, 8; P.A. 96-235, S. 6, 19; P.A. 00-66, S. 32.)

Secs. 4-206 to 4-209. Secretary of Office of Policy and Management to establish standards. Written procedures by state agencies for implementing standards. Requests for proposals; screening committee; selection of consultant; waiver required for noncompetitive procurement. Sections 4-206 to 4-209, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 1994.

(P.A. 89-122, S. 2–5, 8; P.A. 93-336, S. 12, 13.)

Secs. 4-210 and 4-211. State agency reports on awarded contracts and needs for consultant services; coordination by secretary. State agency reports on completed contracts; compilation; performance evaluations. Sections 4-210 and 4-211 are repealed, effective October 1, 2000.

(P.A. 89-122, S. 6–8; P.A. 93-336, S. 10, 11, 13; P.A. 97-47, S. 42; P.A. 00-66, S. 32.)

PART II

PERSONAL SERVICE AGREEMENTS

Sec. 4-212. Definitions. As used in sections 4-212 to 4-219, inclusive:

(1) “Competitive negotiation” means a procedure for contracting for services in which (A) proposals are solicited from qualified persons, firms or corporations by a request for proposals, and (B) changes may be negotiated in proposals and prices after being submitted.

(2) “Personal service contractor” means any person, firm or corporation not employed by the state, who is hired by a state agency for a fee to provide services to the agency. The term “personal service contractor” shall not include (A) a person, firm or corporation providing “contractual services”, as defined in section 4a-50, to the state, (B) a “consultant”, as defined in section 4b-55, (C) a “consultant”, as defined in section 13b-20b, (D) an agency of the federal government, of the state or of a political subdivision of the state, or (E) a person, firm or corporation providing consultant services for information and telecommunications systems authorized under subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of section 4d-2.

(3) “Personal service agreement” means a written agreement defining the services or end product to be delivered by a personal service contractor to a state agency, excluding any agreement with a personal service contractor that the state accounting manual does not require to be submitted to the Comptroller.

(4) “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

(5) “State agency” means a department, board, council, commission, institution or other executive branch agency.

(P.A. 93-336, S. 1, 13; P.A. 96-235, S. 7, 19; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7, S. 97; P.A. 04-58, S. 4; P.A. 09-210, S. 1; P.A. 11-51, S. 113.)

History: P.A. 93-336 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 96-235 substituted “consultant” for “design professional” in Subdiv. (2)(B), effective June 6, 1996; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7 added Subdiv. (2)(E) re exclusion for certain consultant services, effective August 15, 2002; P.A. 04-58 amended Subdiv. (2)(E) by adding “a person, firm or corporation providing”; P.A. 09-210 amended Subdiv. (2)(C) by deleting “providing services to the Department of Transportation” and made technical changes in Subdivs. (1) and (5), effective July 8, 2009; P.A. 11-51 amended Subdiv. (2) to change “subdivision (5) of subsection (c)” to “subdivision (3) of subsection (b)” re reference to Sec. 4d-2, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 4-213. Personal service agreement required when hiring personal service contractor. On and after July 1, 1994, no state agency may hire a personal service contractor without executing a personal service agreement with such contractor.

(P.A. 93-336, S. 2, 13.)

History: P.A. 93-336 effective June 29, 1993.

Sec. 4-214. Personal service agreements having cost of not more than twenty thousand dollars and term of not more than one year. Each personal service agreement executed on or after July 1, 1994, and having a cost of not more than twenty thousand dollars and a term of not more than one year shall be based, when possible, on competitive negotiation or competitive quotations.

(P.A. 93-336, S. 3, 13; P.A. 94-188, S. 19; P.A. 09-210, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 93-336 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 94-188 changed the applicable amount of the personal service agreement from $10,000 to $20,000; P.A. 09-210 deleted former Subsec. (b) re state agency reports and made a conforming change, effective July 8, 2009.

Sec. 4-215. Personal service agreements having cost of more than twenty thousand dollars but not more than fifty thousand dollars and term of not more than one year. Each personal service agreement executed on or after July 1, 1994, and having a cost of more than twenty thousand dollars but not more than fifty thousand dollars and a term of not more than one year shall be based on competitive negotiation or competitive quotations, unless the state agency purchasing the personal services determines that a sole source purchase is required and applies to the secretary for a waiver from such requirement and the secretary grants the waiver. Not later than March 1, 1994, the secretary shall adopt guidelines for determining the types of services that may qualify for such waivers. The qualifying services shall include, but not be limited to, (1) services for which the cost to the state of a competitive selection procedure would outweigh the benefits of such procedure, as documented by the state agency, (2) proprietary services, (3) services to be provided by a contractor mandated by the general statutes or a public or special act, and (4) emergency services, including services needed for the protection of life or health.

(P.A. 93-336, S. 4, 13; 93-435, S. 82, 95; P.A. 94-188, S. 20; P.A. 09-210, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 93-336 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 93-435 amended Subsec. (a) to make a technical grammatical change, effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 94-188 amended Subsec. (a) to change the applicable agreement amount from more than $10,000 to more than $20,000; P.A. 09-210 deleted former Subsec. (b) re state agency submission of information to secretary and made a conforming change, effective July 8, 2009.

Sec. 4-216. Personal service agreements having cost of more than fifty thousand dollars or term of more than one year. (a) No state agency may execute a personal service agreement having a cost of more than fifty thousand dollars or a term of more than one year, without the approval of the secretary. A state agency may apply for an approval by submitting the following information to the secretary: (1) A description of the services to be purchased and the need for such services; (2) an estimate of the cost of the services and the term of the agreement; (3) whether the services are to be on-going; (4) whether the state agency has contracted out for such services during the preceding two years and, if so, the name of the contractor, term of the agreement with such contractor and the amount paid to the contractor; (5) whether any other state agency has the resources to provide the services; (6) whether the agency intends to purchase the services by competitive negotiation and, if not, why; and (7) whether it is possible to purchase the services on a cooperative basis with other state agencies. The secretary shall approve or disapprove an application within fifteen business days after receiving it and any necessary supporting information, provided if the secretary does not act within such fifteen-day period the application shall be deemed to have been approved. The secretary shall immediately notify the Auditors of Public Accounts of any application which the secretary receives for approval of a personal services agreement for audit services and give said auditors an opportunity to review the application during such fifteen-day period and advise the secretary as to whether such audit services are necessary and, if so, could be provided by said auditors.

(b) Each personal service agreement having a cost of more than fifty thousand dollars or a term of more than one year shall be based on competitive negotiation or competitive quotations, unless the state agency purchasing the personal services applies to the secretary for a waiver from such requirement and the secretary grants the waiver in accordance with the guidelines adopted under section 4-215.

(P.A. 93-336, S. 5, 13; 93-435, S. 83, 95; P.A. 96-268, S. 18, 34; P.A. 99-44, S. 1, 2; P.A. 09-210, S. 4.)

History: P.A. 93-336 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 93-435 amended Subsec. (a) by adding “and any necessary supporting information” to Subdiv. (7), effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 96-268 amended Subsec. (a) to replace “ten” with “fifteen” and “ten-day” with “fifteen-day” re time limit for action on applications, amended Subsec. (b) to add “or competitive quotations” and made a technical correction, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 99-44 amended Subsec. (a) to require secretary to give Auditors of Public Accounts opportunity to review personal services agreement applications for audit services, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 09-210 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 8, 2009.

Sec. 4-217. Standards. Written procedures. Requests for proposals. (a) Not later than March 1, 1994, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall establish standards for state agencies to follow in entering into personal service agreements. The standards shall include, but not be limited to, provisions for: (1) Evaluating the need to use a personal service agreement, (2) developing a request for proposals, (3) advertising for personal service contractors, (4) evaluating submitted proposals, (5) selecting a personal service contractor, including compliance with section 4a-60g, (6) systematically monitoring and evaluating personal service contractor performance, (7) documenting the entire process for selecting and managing personal service contractors and (8) carrying out any other aspect of such process.

(b) Not later than May 1, 1994, each state agency shall: (1) Establish written procedures for implementing the standards established by the secretary under subsection (a) of this section, and (2) submit such procedures to the secretary for his approval. If the secretary disapproves an agency’s procedures he shall return the procedures to the agency with recommendations for revisions. On and after July 1, 1994, no state agency may execute a personal service agreement unless the secretary has approved procedures established by the agency under this section.

(c) A request for proposals issued under section 4-214, 4-215 or 4-216 shall include, but not be limited to, an outline of the work to be performed, the required minimum qualifications for the personal service contractor, criteria for review of proposals by the state agency, the format for proposals and the deadline for submitting proposals. Each state agency which prepares a request for proposals shall establish a screening committee to evaluate the proposals submitted in response to the request for proposals. The screening committee shall rank all proposals in accordance with the criteria set forth in the request for proposals and shall submit the names of the top three proposers to the executive head of the agency, who shall select the personal service contractor from among such names.

(P.A. 93-336, S. 6, 13.)

History: P.A. 93-336 effective June 29, 1993.

Sec. 4-218. Reports to the General Assembly concerning personal service agreements. (a) Not later than October 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the secretary shall submit a report to the General Assembly indicating (1) for each personal service agreement, pursuant to sections 4-214 to 4-216, inclusive, and executed during the preceding fiscal year, (A) the name of the personal service contractor, (B) a description of the services provided, (C) the term and cost of the agreement, and (D) the method of selecting the personal service contractor; and (2) for each such agreement either executed or otherwise in effect during the preceding fiscal year, (A) the amount of all payments made during the preceding fiscal year to the personal service contractor, and (B) the amount of any federal or private funds allocated for such payments.

(b) Not later than October 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the secretary shall submit a report to the General Assembly indicating (1) for each agreement executed during the preceding fiscal year with a person, firm or corporation providing contractual services, as defined in section 4a-50, a consultant, as defined in section 4b-55, a “consultant”, as defined in section 13b-20b, or an agency of the federal government, of the state or of a political subdivision of the state, (A) the name of the person, firm or corporation, (B) a description of the services provided, (C) the term and cost of the agreement, and (D) the method of selecting the person, firm or corporation; and (2) for each such agreement either executed or otherwise in effect during the preceding fiscal year, (A) the amount of all payments made during the preceding fiscal year to the person, firm or corporation, and (B) the amount of any federal or private funds allocated for such payments.

(P.A. 93-336, S. 7, 13; 93-435, S. 84, 95; P.A. 94-188, S. 21; P.A. 96-235, S. 8, 19; P.A. 09-210, S. 5.)

History: P.A. 93-336 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 93-435 amended Subsec. (c) by specifying information to be included in report, effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 94-188 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by specifying that the type of agreement involved was a “personal service” agreement and by exempting state agencies utilizing contractual services hired by using a purchase order approved and committed by the state comptroller from the report requirement; P.A. 96-235 amended Subsec. (a) by substituting “consultant” for “design professional”, effective June 6, 1996; P.A. 09-210 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing provision requiring state agencies to submit reports with provision requiring secretary to submit reports annually to General Assembly pursuant to Secs. 4-214 to 4-216, replacing references to “person, firm or corporation” with references to “personal service contractor”, replacing references to 6-month period with references to preceding fiscal year and making a technical change, amended Subsec. (b) by replacing provision requiring Department of Transportation to submit reports with provision requiring secretary to submit reports annually to General Assembly, including reports re agreements providing contractual services as defined in Sec. 4a-50 and agreements with a consultant as defined in Sec. 4b-55, replacing references to 6-month period with references to preceding fiscal year, deleting reference to report “by fund” and making technical changes and deleted former Subsec. (c) re secretary’s annual reports to General Assembly.

Sec. 4-219. Amendments to personal service agreements. No state agency may, without the approval of the secretary, execute (1) an amendment to a personal service agreement, which agreement has an original cost of more than fifty thousand dollars, or (2) an amendment to any other personal service agreement, which amendment (A) has a cost of one hundred per cent or more of the cost of the original agreement, (B) increases the cost of the agreement to more than fifty thousand dollars, (C) extends the terms of the agreement beyond a one-year period or (D) is the second or subsequent amendment to the agreement. The secretary shall approve or disapprove a proposed amendment within fifteen business days after receiving it and any necessary supporting information, provided if the secretary does not act within such fifteen-day period the application shall be deemed to have been approved.

(P.A. 93-336, S. 8, 13; 93-435, S. 85, 95; P.A. 96-268, S. 19, 34.)

History: P.A. 93-336 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 93-435 amended the section by adding “any and necessary supporting information” to Subdiv. (2), effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 96-268 added provisions re expansion of the secretary’s authority to review amendments, replaced “ten” with “fifteen” and “ten-day” with “fifteen-day” re time limit for approval or disapproval of agreement amendments and made a technical correction, effective July 1, 1996.

Secs. 4-220 to 4-229. Reserved for future use.