PA 16-81—sHB 5228

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE NOTIFICATION OF DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES PROJECTS, THE DEFINITION OF "PROJECT" AND REPEALING A PROVISION CONCERNING STATE AGENCY REPORTING OF CERTAIN CONTRACTOR INFORMATION

SUMMARY: This act 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. , those provided by architects, professional engineers, or accountants). Under existing law and the act, it must advertise these opportunities on the State Contracting Portal website ( 1 & 3).

By law, DAS must establish a selection panel to evaluate consultant services proposals if the cost of those services exceeds a certain threshold. The act increases this threshold from $300,000 to $500,000 ( 2). After evaluating the proposals, the panel must submit a list of the most qualified firms to the DAS commissioner, who must negotiate a contract with the firm the panel ranks most qualified. 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).

The act eliminates a requirement that each public agency that purchases goods or services or leases real or personal property provide, annually by August 1, the revenue services commissioner with a list of all persons that provided goods or services or leased real or personal property to the agency. It also eliminates a requirement that the agency require the contractor to provide its Social Security number or federal employee identification number, or both, if available, or the reasons why they are unavailable ( 14).

Lastly, the act repeals obsolete language concerning UConn's Homer Babbidge Library and makes technical changes ( 2 & 4-13).

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

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