OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING THE NOTIFICATION OF DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE PROJECTS AND THE DEFINITION OF "PROJECT".
This bill eliminates requirements that the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) advertise, in a newspaper, bidding opportunities for (1) public works projects that use the design-build delivery method and (2) consultant services (e.g., architectural services, professional engineers, and accountants). Under existing law and the bill, it must advertise these opportunities on the State Contracting Portal website (§§ 1 & 3).
The bill also increases, from $300,000 to $500,000, the threshold at which DAS must use the selection panel process to award consultant services contracts (§ 2). By law, DAS must establish a selection panel to evaluate consultant services proposals if the cost of those services exceeds the threshold. The panel must submit a list of the most qualified firms to the DAS commissioner, who must negotiate a contract with the firm ranked most qualified by the panel. Panels consist of three members for projects of less than $5 million and five members for projects of $5 million or more (CGS §§ 4b-56 to 4b-58).
Lastly, the bill repeals obsolete language concerning UConn's Homer Babbidge Library and makes technical changes (§§ 2 & 4-13).
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016
Government Administration and Elections Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute