Bill Text: TX HB3658 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to state agency contracting and state employees, officers, contractors, and other persons involved with the contracting.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-05-16 - Reported engrossed [HB3658 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB3658-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Capriglione, Shaheen, King of Parker H.B. No. 3658
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to state agency contracting and state employees, officers,
  contractors, and other persons involved with the contracting.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Section 572.054, Government Code,
  is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 572.054.  REPRESENTATION BY FORMER OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
  OR CONTRACTOR OR SUBCONTRACTOR OF REGULATORY AGENCY RESTRICTED;
  CRIMINAL OFFENSE.
         SECTION 2.  Section 572.054, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (b) and (d) and adding Subsection (i) to read
  as follows:
         (b)  A former state officer or employee of a regulatory
  agency or a person who for more than 30 days performed full-time or
  part-time work for a regulatory agency under a contract or
  subcontract [who ceases service or employment with that agency on
  or after January 1, 1992,] may not represent any person or receive
  compensation for services rendered on behalf of any person:
               (1)  regarding a particular matter in which the former
  officer, [or] employee, contractor, or subcontractor participated
  during the period of state service, [or] employment, or contract,
  either through personal involvement or because the case or
  proceeding was a matter within the officer's, [or] employee's,
  contractor's, or subcontractor's official responsibility; and
               (2)  regarding any procurement that began at the
  regulatory agency while the officer, employee, contractor, or
  subcontractor served at, was employed by, or performed work for the
  agency.
         (d)  Subsection (b) does not apply to a rulemaking proceeding
  that was concluded more than six months before the officer's, [or]
  employee's, contractor's, or subcontractor's service, [or]
  employment, or contract ceased.
         (i)  Each regulatory agency shall include in any applicable
  contract a provision that references this section and its
  requirements.
         SECTION 3.  Section 656.052(b), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  The training must provide the contract manager with
  information regarding how to:
               (1)  fairly and objectively select and negotiate with
  the most qualified contractor;
               (2)  establish prices that are cost-effective and that
  reflect the cost of providing the service;
               (3)  include provisions in a contract that hold the
  contractor accountable for results;
               (4)  monitor and enforce a contract;
               (5)  make payments consistent with the contract;
               (6)  comply with any requirements or goals contained in
  the contract management guide;
               (7)  use and apply advanced sourcing strategies,
  techniques, and tools;
               (8)  maintain required documentation for contracting
  decisions, changes to a contract, and problems with a contract;
               (9)  create a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy;
               (10)  create a plan for potential problems with the
  contract;
               (11)  develop an accurate and comprehensive statement
  of work; [and]
               (12)  complete the contract and evaluate performance
  under the contract; and
               (13)  determine best value for the state through the
  exercise of informed business judgment based on price and non-price
  factors expected to result in best value, including the factors
  described by Section 2155.074.
         SECTION 4.  Subchapter K, Chapter 659, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 659.2552 to read as follows:
         Sec. 659.2552.  SALARY INCREASE FOR CONTRACT EVALUATORS. A
  state agency may establish a procedure and requirements for
  providing a salary increase to an agency employee who acts as an
  evaluator for an agency procurement in addition to the employee's
  regularly assigned duties. The procedure and requirements
  established under this section must provide for the salary increase
  only if the employee meets the qualifications for employment in the
  agency division overseeing the implementation of the procurement.
         SECTION 5.  Section 2155.074, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsections (b-1), (b-2), and
  (b-3) to read as follows:
         (b)  In determining the best value for the state, the
  purchase price and whether the goods or services meet
  specifications are principal considerations that must be balanced
  with other relevant factors, including the factors described by
  this section [the most important considerations]. 
         (b-1)  For a procurement in an amount equal to $20 million or
  less [However], the comptroller or other state agency may, subject
  to Subsection (c) and Section 2155.075, consider other relevant
  factors, including:
               (1)  required contract outcomes [installation costs];
               (2)  best quality for economic value of the contract
  [life cycle costs];
               (3)  timely performance under the contract [the quality
  and reliability of the goods and services];
               (4)  the impact of a purchase on the agency's
  administrative resources [the delivery terms];
               (5)  indicators of probable vendor performance under
  the contract such as past vendor performance, the vendor's
  financial resources and ability to perform, the vendor's experience
  or demonstrated capability and responsibility, and the vendor's
  ability to provide reliable maintenance agreements and support;
               (6)  the impact on the agency's flexibility in
  developing alternative procurement and business relationships [the
  cost of any employee training associated with a purchase];
               (7)  the effect of a purchase on agency productivity;
               (8)  the vendor's anticipated economic impact to the
  state or a subdivision of the state, including potential tax
  revenue and employment; [and]
               (9)  the encouragement of continued participation by
  quality contractors; and
               (10)  other factors relevant to determining the best
  value for the state in the context of a particular purchase.
         (b-2)  For a procurement in an amount that exceeds $20
  million, the comptroller or other state agency shall, subject to
  Subsection (c) and Section 2155.075, consider the factors listed in
  Subsection (b-1) and the purchase price.
         (b-3)  Each determination of best value under this section
  must include a total cost of ownership assessment that considers
  the:
               (1)  cost of acquisition;
               (2)  cost of personnel;
               (3)  cost of operation; and
               (4)  total amount of money required for the purchase
  during the expected performance period.
         SECTION 6.  Section 2155.075(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  For a purchase made through competitive bidding, the
  comptroller or other state agency making the purchase must specify
  in the request for bids:
               (1)  the factors other than price that the comptroller
  or agency will consider in determining which bid offers the best
  value for the state; and
               (2)  the proposal criteria the comptroller or agency
  will use when considering the factors described by Subdivision (1).
         SECTION 7.  Section 2155.089(c), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c)  This section does not apply to:
               (1)  an enrollment contract described by 1 T.A.C.
  Section 391.183 as that section existed on September 1, 2015;
               (2)  a contract of the Employees Retirement System of
  Texas except for a contract with a nongovernmental entity for
  claims administration of a group health benefit plan under Subtitle
  H, Title 8, Insurance Code; or
               (3)  a contract entered into by:
                     (A)  the comptroller under Section 2155.061; [or]
                     (B)  the Department of Information Resources
  under Section 2157.068; or
                     (C)  a university system or an institution of
  higher education, as those terms are defined by Section 61.003,
  Education Code.
         SECTION 8.  Section 2155.144, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (e) and (j-5) to read as follows:
         (e)  Each health and human services agency and the Health and
  Human Services Commission shall ensure the agency's contract
  managers complete the training developed under Section 656.052 and
  comply with the requirements of Section 2262.058.
         (j-5)  The contract management handbook published under
  Subsection (j) must include:
               (1)  instructions for ensuring that:
                     (A)  health and human services agency employees
  who are involved in implementing a specific procurement are also
  involved in evaluating and scoring the responses submitted to the
  solicitation for the procurement;
                     (B)  appropriate health and human services agency
  employees answer questions from vendors in a timely manner; and
                     (C)  vendors that participate or are interested in
  participating in a procurement by an agency have access to at least
  two agency employees who serve as contacts for the agency;
               (2)  a model communications procedure for vendors and
  agency employees, developed in collaboration with representatives
  from vendors and state agencies, to be included in the agency's
  solicitations; and
               (3)  procedures for:
                     (A)  notifying other responsive vendors if an
  agency employee or another vendor violates the communications
  requirements for a solicitation;
                     (B)  determining when an agency employee or vendor
  has failed to comply with the communication provisions of a
  solicitation; and
                     (C)  ensuring an appropriate number of interested
  vendors are granted access to a pre-bid, pre-offer, or pre-proposal
  conference.
         SECTION 9.  Sections 2262.051(a) and (c), Government Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  In consultation with the attorney general, the
  Department of Information Resources, business and industry
  representatives, and the state auditor, the comptroller shall
  develop or periodically update a contract management guide for use
  by state agencies.  Participation by the state auditor under this
  subsection is subject to approval by the legislative audit
  committee for inclusion in the audit plan under Section 321.013(c).
         (c)  The guide must provide information regarding the
  primary duties of a contract manager, including how to:
               (1)  develop and negotiate a contract;
               (2)  select a contractor; [and]
               (3)  monitor contractor and subcontractor performance
  under a contract;
               (4)  appoint as evaluators for procurements agency
  employees who serve in agency divisions overseeing the
  implementation of the procurements;
               (5)  ensure that:
                     (A)  appropriate state agency employees answer
  questions from vendors in a timely manner; and
                     (B)  vendors that participate or are interested in
  participating in a procurement by a state agency have access to at
  least two agency employees who serve as contacts for the agency;
               (6)  develop a communications procedure for vendors and
  agency employees to be included in the agency's solicitations; and
               (7)  establish procedures for:
                     (A)  notifying other responsive vendors if an
  agency employee or another vendor violates the communication
  requirements for the solicitation;
                     (B)  determining when an agency employee or vendor
  has failed to comply with the communication provisions of a
  solicitation;
                     (C)  ensuring an appropriate number of interested
  vendors are granted access to a pre-bid, pre-offer, or pre-proposal
  conference; and
                     (D)  ensuring that agency personnel who are
  involved in implementing a specific procurement are also involved
  in evaluating and scoring the responses submitted to the
  solicitation for the procurement.
         SECTION 10.  Subchapter B, Chapter 2262, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 2262.058 to read as follows:
         Sec. 2262.058.  CERTAIN CONTRACT MANAGERS. For a contract
  manager who participates in the procurement of a contract with a
  value of $20 million or more, the contract manager shall:
               (1)  participate in additional training specific to the
  category of goods or services to be procured; and
               (2)  develop a document to be retained with the records
  for the procurement that includes:
                     (A)  a summary of the contract manager's
  qualifications, including certifications, years of experience, and
  any other relevant qualifications related to the procurement; and
                     (B)  a written statement certified by the contract
  manager that the contract manager developed and implemented
  appropriate control mechanisms to ensure vendor proposals or other
  expressions of interest are scored as outlined in the solicitation
  for the procurement.
         SECTION 11.  (a)  As soon as practicable after the effective
  date of this Act, the comptroller of public accounts shall adopt the
  rules and update the contract management handbook and contract
  management guide as necessary to implement the changes in law made
  by this Act.
         (b)  Not later than October 1, 2021, each state agency shall
  adopt the procedure and requirements as provided by Section
  659.2552, Government Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 12.  (a)  The changes in law made by this Act apply
  only to a contract for which a state agency first advertises or
  otherwise solicits offers, bids, proposals, qualifications, or
  other applicable expressions of interest on or after the effective
  date of this Act.  A contract for which a state agency first
  advertises or otherwise solicits offers, bids, proposals,
  qualifications, or other applicable expressions of interest before
  the effective date of this Act is governed by the law as it existed
  immediately before the effective date of this Act, and that law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         (b)  Notwithstanding Section 656.052, Government Code, as
  amended by this Act, or Section 2262.058, Government Code, as added
  by this Act, a state agency employee is not required to comply with
  the training requirements under those sections before March 1,
  2022.
         SECTION 13.  If before implementing any provision of this
  Act a state agency determines that a waiver or authorization from a
  federal agency is necessary for implementation of that provision,
  the agency affected by the provision shall request the waiver or
  authorization and may delay implementing that provision until the
  waiver or authorization is granted.
         SECTION 14.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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