October 20, 2017 •
Austin to Consider Procurement Overhaul
The Austin Financial Services Department is proposing drastic changes to the city’s anti-lobbying and procurement ordinance.
The proposed changes shorten the no contact period during a bid solicitation and allow the purchasing officer to consider mitigating factors when determining if a violation has occurred. The recommendations also abbreviate, clarify, and consolidate what communications and representations are permitted and prohibited during the solicitation process.
Comments and suggestions for additional proposed changes are still being accepted.
This comes after city council voted to suspend the anti-lobbying and procurement ordinance for individuals seeking waste management contracts after they struggled to find and agree upon suitable contractors.
City Council met this week to discuss the proposed changes and postponed taking action until November 9, 2017.
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