To ascertain whether disparities exist between the participation of historically underutilized businesses and other businesses in the state procurement system, the bill directs the department of personnel to contract for a disparity study of the Colorado procurement process and to make recommendations to address any discrepancies identified by the study.
The final report including the findings and recommendations from the study must be provided to the members of the general assembly and the executive director of the department of personnel (executive director) no later than December 1, 2020. The bill directs the executive director to transmit a copy of the final report to the minority business office, which shall post the report on its official website. In addition, the executive director is required to include the findings and recommendations from the study in its report to the applicable house and senate committees of reference during its hearing pursuant to the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act".
Any entity that is subject to the disparity study is required to respond to a request for information in connection with the study as soon as possible after receiving the request.
The bill appropriates $1.3 million from the general fund to the department of personnel for use by the division of accounts and control. The division may use the appropriation for procurement and contracts operating expenses. Any unexpended and unencumbered money from the appropriation remains available for expenditure by the department of personnel for the purposes of the bill in the next fiscal year without further appropriation.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)