CB-15-2013 Addresses Reforms to County’s Contracts and Procurement Process
The Prince George’s County Council unanimously adopted Council Bill 15-2013, legislation amending the County Code to update the County procurement process, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Council Member Mary Lehman (D) – District 1, sponsor of the legislation, says CB-15-2013 is in direct response to audit reports provided by the Council’s Office of Audits and Investigations highlighting the need for reforms within the County’s contracts and procurement process.
“The County’s procurement regulations had not been updated since 1994 and more oversight in this area is long overdue. The County awards over $200 million in contracts each fiscal year and we owe it to County taxpayers to ensure our contracts and procurement process is transparent, effective and efficient. This legislation helps to achieve that goal.”
Under CB-15-2013, the Prince George’s County Office of Central Services is required to evaluate the need for updating the County’s procurement regulations every five years, transmitting recommendations to the County Council for review. The legislation also requires Central Services to perform cost-benefit analysis before exercising option years on contracts. The County Council will also be notified of any procurement process modifications, and receive copies of any contract modifications in excess of 25% of the original contract or $500,000.
CB-15-2013 was co-sponsored by Council Member Mel Franklin (D) – District 9.