As Texas found, agencies can be cautious of new purchasing rules.
The state government in Texas saw a lot of activity around procurement during its 2015 legislative session, passing dramatic reforms within Senate Bill 20 to improve state agency accountability and ensure competitiveness.
Two agencies lead Texas procurement: the Department of Information Resources, which handles IT hardware, software and services contracts, and the Comptroller of Public Accounts, which oversees the purchase of things like office supplies and furniture through its Procurement and Support Services Division. The two programs meet every year to create a catalogue of master contracts state agencies can procure from without a request for offer.
S.B. 20 imposed new requirements on that purchase activity, capping IT hardware procurements at $1 million—at which point a full solicitation with a draft statement of work and DIR review is required.
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