SCS/SB 963 - Current law requires all purchases in excess of $3,000 to be made on the basis of competitive bids. This act permits the Commissioner of Administration to waive such requirements if it is for the purpose of purchasing innovative technology not in excess of $2 million and is further purchased in the manner described in this act.
Any organization or individual may submit to the Commissioner a solution brief demonstrating the basic use of an innovative technology for a topic area of interest. If the Commissioner issues a statement of evaluation inviting the organization or individual to participate in phase two of the solution brief process, the organization or individual may submit a phase two solution brief.
Phase two solution briefs will be evaluated by each department or agency of the state potentially affected by the proposal. Such briefs shall contain specifics regarding the price of the proposal and cost savings and other beneficial impacts for the state in adopting the technology, among other things. If each department or agency issues to the Commissioner a positive statement of evaluation on the phase two solution brief, the organization or individual will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Full proposals will be evaluated by the Commissioner and the director of each department or agency submitting a statement of evaluation on a phase two solution brief. Such proposal shall contain, among other things, an abstract of the innovative technology, a detailed project schedule outlining various phases of work to be accomplished in the succeeding 24 months, and a total price for the completion of a prototype. In the event that each party reviews the full proposal favorably, the Commissioner may award a contract to the organization or individual.
Any document submitted under this act is subject to the Sunshine Law unless specifically exempted as provided in the act.
This act is substantially similar to HCS/HB 2279 (2018).