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1st Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/29/2012 02:43pm

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; removing restrictions relating to outside contracts;
requiring disclosure on where contract work takes place;amending Minnesota
Statutes 2010, sections 16C.08, subdivisions 2, 4; 16C.09; 136F.77, subdivision
3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 16C; repealing
Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 16C.085; 43A.047; 179A.23.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 16C.08, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Duties of contracting agency.

(a) Before an agency may seek approval of
a professional or technical services contract valued in excess of $5,000, it must provide
the following:

(1) a description of how the proposed contract or amendment is necessary and
reasonable to advance the statutory mission of the agency;

(2) a description of the agency's plan to notify firms or individuals who may be
available to perform the services called for in the solicitation;

(3) a description of the performance measures or other tools, including accessibility
measures if applicable, that will be used to monitor and evaluate contract performance; and

(4) an explanation detailing, if applicable, why this procurement is being pursued
unilaterally by the agency and not as an enterprise procurement.

(b) In addition to paragraph (a), the agency must certify that:

(1) no current state employee is able and available to perform the services called
for by the contract;

(2) (1) the normal competitive bidding mechanisms will not provide for adequate
performance of the services;

(3) (2) reasonable efforts will be made to publicize the availability of the contract
to the public;

(4) (3) the agency will develop and implement a written plan providing for the
assignment of specific agency personnel to manage the contract, including a monitoring
and liaison function, the periodic review of interim reports or other indications of past
performance, and the ultimate utilization of the final product of the services;

(5) (4) the agency will not allow the contractor to begin work before the contract is
fully executed unless an exception under section 16C.05, subdivision 2a, has been granted
by the commissioner and funds are fully encumbered; and

(6) (5) the contract will not establish an employment relationship between the state
or the agency and any persons performing under the contract;.

(7) in the event the results of the contract work will be carried out or continued by
state employees upon completion of the contract, the contractor is required to include
state employees in development and training, to the extent necessary to ensure that after
completion of the contract, state employees can perform any ongoing work related to the
same function; and

(8) the agency will not contract out its previously eliminated jobs for four years
without first considering the same former employees who are on the seniority unit layoff
list who meet the minimum qualifications determined by the agency.

(c) A contract establishes an employment relationship for purposes of paragraph (b),
clause (6) (5), if, under federal laws governing the distinction between an employee and
an independent contractor, a person would be considered an employee.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 16C.08, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Reports.

(a) The commissioner shall submit to the governor, the chairs and
ranking minority members of the house of representatives Ways and Means and senate
Finance Committees, and the Legislative Reference Library a yearly listing of all contracts
for professional or technical services executed. The report must identify the contractor,
contract amount, duration, and services to be provided. The commissioner shall also issue
yearly reports summarizing the contract review activities of the department by fiscal year.

(b) The fiscal year report must be submitted by September 1 of each year and must:

(1) be sorted by agency and by contractor;

(2) show the aggregate value of contracts issued by each agency and issued to each
contractor;

(3) distinguish between contracts that are being issued for the first time and contracts
that are being extended;

(4) state the termination date of each contract;

(5) identify services by commodity code, including topics such as contracts for
training, contracts for research and opinions, and contracts for computer systems; and

(6) identify which contracts were awarded without following the solicitation process
in this chapter because it was determined that there was only a single source for the
services.

(c) Within 30 days of final completion of a contract over $25,000 covered by this
subdivision, the head of the agency entering into the contract must submit a report to the
commissioner who must make the report publicly available online and submit a copy to
the Legislative Reference Library. The report must:

(1) summarize the purpose of the contract, including why it was necessary to enter
into a contract;

(2) state the amount spent on the contract;

(3) if the contract was awarded without following the solicitation process in this
chapter because it was determined that there was only a single source for the services,
explain why the agency determined there was only a single source for the services; and

(4) specify the extent to which work under the contract was performed in Minnesota,
was performed in the United States but outside Minnesota, or was performed outside the
United States; and

(5) include a written performance evaluation of the work done under the contract.
The evaluation must include an appraisal of the contractor's timeliness, quality, cost, and
overall performance in meeting the terms and objectives of the contract. Contractors may
request copies of evaluations prepared under this subdivision and may respond in writing.
Contractor responses must be maintained with the contract file.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 16C.09, is amended to read:


16C.09 PROCEDURE FOR SERVICE CONTRACTS.

(a) Before entering into or approving a service contract, the commissioner must
determine, at least, that:

(1) no current state employee is able and available to perform the services called
for by the contract;

(2) (1) the work to be performed under the contract is necessary to the agency's
achievement of its statutory responsibilities and there is statutory authority to enter into
the contract;

(3) (2) the contract will not establish an employment relationship between the state
or the agency and any persons performing under the contract;

(4) (3) the contractor and agents are not employees of the state;

(5) (4) the contracting agency has specified a satisfactory method of evaluating and
using the results of the work to be performed; and

(6) (5) the combined contract and amendments will not exceed five years without
specific, written approval by the commissioner according to established policy, procedures,
and standards, or unless otherwise provided for by law. The term of the original contract
must not exceed two years, unless the commissioner determines that a longer duration is
in the best interest of the state.

(b) For purposes of paragraph (a), clause (1), employees are available if qualified
and:

(1) are already doing the work in question; or

(2) are on layoff status in classes that can do the work in question.

An employee is not available if the employee is doing other work, is retired, or has decided
not to do the work in question.

(c) (b) This section does not apply to an agency's use of inmates pursuant to sections
241.20 to 241.23 or to an agency's use of persons required by a court to provide:

(1) community service; or

(2) conservation or maintenance services on lands under the jurisdiction and control
of the state.

Sec. 4.

[16C.175] RESPONSE TO DISCLOSE WHERE WORK WILL BE
PERFORMED.

A response from a vendor in regard to a solicitation for a contract for professional or
technical services or nonprofessional or nontechnical services must disclose the extent to
which the vendor anticipates that work under the contract will be performed in Minnesota,
in the United States but outside Minnesota, or outside the United States.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 136F.77, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

No abrogation.

Nothing in this section shall abrogate the provisions of
sections 43A.047 and
requirements of section 136F.581.

Sec. 6. REPEALER.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 16C.085; 43A.047; and 179A.23, are repealed.

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