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The NYS Forum IT Procurement Work Group

Procurement Changes in NYS Article VII

Friday, May 11, 2012
9:00 - 12:00 Noon
8:30 am Check-In

Registration is Closed.
No on-site registration.


The location of this event has changed & additional speakers have been added to the agenda

The Clark Auditorium, NYS Museum, Albany, NY

Presenters / Topics:

This event is being offered to inform both the public and private sector about the significant procurement changes recently passed in Article VII of the 2012-2013 NYS Executive Budget. http://publications.budget.ny.gov/budgetFP/enacted1213.html

The specific focus will be on Part L: Best Value; Centralized Contracts; Electronic Bidding; Procurement Levels; and Part M: Chapter 500/Civil Service. These are relevant and significant areas of procurement that are changing as a result of the Budget adoption and will impact all vendors and all NYS agencies and authorities. The session goal and expected outcome is to share pertinent information, and to discuss the changes to better understand the potential impact.

  • John Traylor, Chief Procurement Officer, NYS Office of General Services
  • Anne Phillips, Deputy Counsel & Director of Legislative Affairs, NYS Office of General Services
  • Arthur M. Brown, President, Arthur Brown LLC - a business to government procurement advisory consultancy based in Delmar, NY. With over 30 years of government procurement experience and more than 10 years of business to government sales experience, Art's practice specializes in developing and implementing strategies to help companies close new business or expand their existing business to government clients.
  • Mark F. Glaser, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - an international law firm with locations around the world. Mark focuses his practice on legislative issues, governmental ethics and compliance, procurement practices, competitive bidding requirements, public finance and manufactured housing. Previously, he served as counsel to the Majority of the NYS Assembly. He was a key negotiator on numerous issues, including budget/appropriations, public finance, energy, telecommunications, health care reform, banking, and public authorities. As chief ethics counsel for the assembly, Mark advised assembly members and staff and was a principal draftsman of the 1987 Ethics in Government Act. He was responsible for the assembly's compliance with the Freedom of Information Law and has been involved in myriad election and campaign matters. Mark is a frequent lecturer on lobbying laws, ethics, procurement rules and related matters.
  • Todd Vandervort, President, The Vandervort Group LLC - a firm specializing in several practice areas including small business, contract procurement, as well as grass roots lobbying and coalition-building. Todd has been with the firm since 1987. He serves on The NYS Forum IT Corporate Roundtable and the Procurement Committee of The Business Council of NYS.
  • Ruth S. Walters, President, The Walters Group - a procurement consulting firm that helps businesses and non-profits introduce and expand their services into the government marketplace. The firm also assists governments in reviewing and strengthening their own procurement practices to reduce processing times and administrative costs. With more than 20 years of experience in government service, Ruth served as an Assistant Comptroller in the NYS OSC. In that position Ruth managed more than 250 employees in all the payment, contract and accounting operations in the entire State. Ruth has extensive private sector experience and served as a Project Director at Lockheed Martin IMS where she managed the first of its kind seven-state contract for the delivery of food stamp and welfare benefits in all of New York and New England. Ruth served as a top level aide to two Assembly Speakers eventually rising to the position of Secretary to the Speaker's Program and Counsel Staff. She was a senior advisor to Governor Mario M. Cuomo and served as Director of the Office of Business Permits and Regulatory Assistance as well as Director of his Office of Management and Productivity. Ruth is a frequent lecturer on procurement, contracting and public policy issues.

Why should I attend and what can I expect to learn?

Learning Objectives - To understand:

  • Overview of the 2012-2013 Budget
  • Overall funding
  • New initiatives/funding priorities
  • Potential technology initiatives
  • Overview of Article VI Bill in the OGS Budget
  • History and background on the Procurement Stewardship Act(PSA)
  • Pre-audit of OSC removed for Centralized Contracts
  • Quantitative Factor for MWBE participation
  • OGS Centralized Contracts
  • Expansion of non-profits purchasing off OGS contracts
  • OGS to allow electronic bidding and reverse auctions
  • Change in the New York State printing law
  • Increase in publication thresholds
  • Adding publication requirements for single and sole source
  • OGS broad authority to investigate procurement activities of other agencies
  • Four-year sunset of PSA

Content Level:

  • Intermediate Skill Development: Designed for experienced professionals with prior knowledge of or experience with the topic.

Who can attend? Pre-Requisite Required:

  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Technical Staff
  • Legal and Policy Staff
  • Program/Business Operations Staff
  • The NYS Forum IT Corporate Roundtable members are encouraged to attend
  • Attendees will be expected to have some working knowledge of current procurement practices in the State of New York.

Cost & Registration:

  • FREE to Members of The NYS Forum, Inc. (Government and ITCR)
  • $50 Per Employee of Non-Member Government Agencies (dues are not current).
    • Registration Fee is Non-refundable
    • Payment must be received by Wed., May 9, 2012
  • If you would like more information regarding your agency membership status, contact Rebecca Buchner at [email protected] or (518) 438-7414

Register by May 9, 2012

  • All attendees must pre-register for this event
  • On-site registration is not available; walk-ins will not be admitted.