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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