Bill Summary for S 558 (2021-2022)
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AN ACT TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE THE USE OF VETERAN CONTRACTORS IN STATE PURCHASING OF GOODS AND SERVICES, STATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS, AND STATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROCUREMENT; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION TO COLLECT AND COMPILE DATA ON THE USE OF VETERAN BUSINESSES IN STATE CONTRACTS; AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION FOR THESE PURPOSES.Intro. by deViere, Davis, Clark.
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Amends GS 143-48, to also make it State policy to encourage and promote the use of veteran contractors (in addition to the already specified entities) and to require the State agencies, and institutions and political subdivisions to cooperate in efforts to encourage the use of veteran contractors. Requires the report from every governmental entity required by statute to use the services of the Department of Administration in the purchase of goods and services, every local school administrative unit, and every private, nonprofit corporation other than an institution of higher education or a hospital that receives an appropriation of $500,000 or more during a fiscal year from the General Assembly, to also include what percentage of its contract purchases of goods and servers were from veteran-owned businesses. Defines the term veteran.
Amends GS 143-135.5 to make it State policy to encourage and promote the use of veteran contractors (in addition to the already named categories of contractors) in State construction projects. Makes conforming changes and defines the term veteran. Adds the requirement that public entities subject to the provisions GS 143-128.2 (minority business participation goals for building projects) report to the Department of Administration on (1) the number of veteran businesses awarded a contract or a portion of a contract for a State building project; (2) a description of the work executed by each veteran business; and (3) details of any outreach efforts made by the Department to identify veteran businesses that can perform State building projects. Requires the data to be reported annually to the specified NCGA committee and division.
Amends GS 143B-1361 to require State agencies to cooperate in efforts to encourage the use of veteran contractors (in addition to those already named categories of contractors) in providing for the effective and economical acquisition, management, and disposition of information technology.
Appropriates $50,000 for 2021-22 from the General Fund to the Department of Administration to implement the act.
Effective July 1, 2021.