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Subtitle D. State Purchasing And General Services

Contents

Chapter 2161. Historically Underutilized Businesses

Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section  2161.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Goods" means supplies, materials, or equipment.

(2)  "Historically underutilized business" means an entity with its principal place of business in this state that is:

(A)  a corporation formed for the purpose of making a profit in which 51 percent or more of all classes of the shares of stock or other equitable securities are owned by one or more economically disadvantaged persons who have a proportionate interest and actively participate in the corporation's control, operation, and management;

(B)  a sole proprietorship created for the purpose of making a profit that is completely owned, operated, and controlled by an economically disadvantaged person;

(C)  a partnership formed for the purpose of making a profit in which 51 percent or more of the assets and interest in the partnership are owned by one or more economically disadvantaged persons who have a proportionate interest and actively participate in the partnership's control, operation, and management;

(D)  a joint venture in which each entity in the venture is a historically underutilized business, as determined under another paragraph of this subdivision; or

(E)  a supplier contract between a historically underutilized business as determined under another paragraph of this subdivision and a prime contractor under which the historically underutilized business is directly involved in the manufacture or distribution of the goods or otherwise warehouses and ships the goods.

(3)  "Economically disadvantaged person" means a person who is economically disadvantaged because of the person's identification as a member of a certain group, including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, Asian Pacific Americans, and Native Americans, and who has suffered the effects of discriminatory practices or other similar insidious circumstances over which the person has no control.

(4)  "Contract" includes an arrangement under which a state agency receives professional or investment brokerage services.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.21, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1261, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



For expiration of this section, see Section 2151.0041.

Section 2161.0011.  Transfer Of Duties; Reference.

(a) The powers and duties of the commission under this chapter are transferred to the comptroller.

(b)  In this chapter, a reference to the commission means the comptroller.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.21, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 2161.0012.  Authority To Adopt Rules.

(a) The comptroller may adopt rules to efficiently and effectively administer this chapter.  Before adopting a rule under this section, the comptroller must conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed rule regardless of whether the requirements of Section 2001.029(b) are met.

(b)  The comptroller shall follow the procedures prescribed by Subchapter B, Chapter 2001, when adopting a new rule or a change to an existing rule that relates to historically underutilized businesses.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.21, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  2161.0015.  Determining Size Standards For Historically Underutilized Businesses.

The commission may establish size standards that a business may not exceed if it is to be considered a historically underutilized business under this chapter. In determining the size standards, the commission shall determine the size at which a business should be considered sufficiently large that the business probably does not significantly suffer from the effects of past discriminatory practices.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.02, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.002.  Commission Administration; Comptroller Assistance.

(a) To administer Subchapters B and C, the commission may:

(1)  require information from a state agency; and

(2)  adopt rules.

(b)  Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.117(6), eff. September 1, 2007.

(c)  In adopting rules to administer this chapter, the commission shall adopt rules that are based on the results of the "State of Texas Disparity Study, A Report to the Texas Legislature as Mandated by H.B. 2626, 73rd Legislature, December 1994" (prepared by National Economic Research Associates, Inc.). The commission shall revise the rules in response to the findings of any updates of the study that are prepared on behalf of the state.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.22, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.117(6), eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  2161.003.  Agency Rules.

A state agency, including an institution of higher education, shall adopt the commission's rules under Section 2161.002 as the agency's or institution's own rules. Those rules apply to the agency's construction projects and purchases of goods and services paid for with appropriated money without regard to whether a project or purchase is otherwise subject to this subtitle.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.23, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.004.  Applicability; Intent.

(a) This chapter and rules adopted by the commission under this chapter apply to state agency construction projects and purchases of goods and services that are paid for with appropriated money and made under the authority of this subtitle or other law.

(b)  The legislature intends that all qualified businesses have access to compete for business from the state.

(c)  Section 2161.003 and Subsections (a) and (b) of this section do not apply to a project or contract subject to Section 201.702, Transportation Code.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.23, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.005.  Transfer Of Funds For Purchasing.

If the state auditor reports to the commission under Section 2161.123(d) that a state agency is not complying with Section 2161.123, the commission shall report that fact to the Legislative Budget Board. If the Legislative Budget Board determines that, one year after the date of the state auditor's report to the commission, the agency is still not complying with Section 2161.123, the budget board may, under Section 69, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, direct the emergency transfer of the agency's appropriated funds for making purchases under purchasing authority delegated under Section 2155.131 or 2155.133 to the appropriate state agency. The amount transferred from the agency's funds to the appropriate agency shall be an amount determined by the Legislative Budget Board.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.23, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Subchapter B. General Powers And Duties Of Commission

Section  2161.061.  Commission Certification Of Historically Underutilized Businesses.

(a) The commission shall certify historically underutilized businesses.

(b)  As one of its certification procedures, the commission may:

(1)  approve the certification program of one or more local governments or nonprofit organizations in this state that certify historically underutilized businesses, minority business enterprises, women's business enterprises, or disadvantaged business enterprises under substantially the same definition, to the extent applicable, used by Section 2161.001, if the local government or nonprofit organization meets or exceeds the standards established by the commission; and

(2)  certify a business that is certified by a local government or by a nonprofit organization as a historically underutilized business under this chapter.

(c)  To maximize the number of certified historically underutilized businesses, the commission shall enter into agreements with local governments in this state that conduct certification programs described by Subsection (b) and with nonprofit organizations. The commission may terminate an agreement if a local government or nonprofit organization fails to meet the standards established by the commission for certifying historically underutilized businesses. The agreements must take effect immediately and:

(1)  allow for automatic certification of businesses certified by the local government or nonprofit organization;

(2)  provide for the efficient updating of the commission database containing information about historically underutilized businesses and potential historically underutilized businesses; and

(3)  provide for a method by which the commission may efficiently communicate with businesses certified by the local government or nonprofit organization and provide those businesses with information about the state historically underutilized business program.

(d)  A local government or a nonprofit organization that certifies historically underutilized businesses, minority business enterprises, women's business enterprises, or disadvantaged business enterprises as described in Subsections (b) and (c) shall complete the certification of an applicant or provide an applicant with written justification of its certification denial within the period established by the commission in its rules for certification activities.

(e)  A local government or a nonprofit organization that certifies historically underutilized businesses under Subsection (c) or that conducts a certification program described by and approved under Subsection (b) shall make available to the public an online searchable database containing information about historically underutilized businesses, minority business enterprises, women's business enterprises, and disadvantaged business enterprises certified by the local government or nonprofit organization, including:

(1)  the name of the business;

(2)  the contact person or owner of the business;

(3)  the address and telephone number of the business;

(4)  the type or category of business, including relevant capabilities of the business and the North American Industry Classification System codes for the business; and

(5)  the expiration date of the business's certification.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 17.03(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1422, Sec. 13.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.22, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  2161.062.  Assistance To Historically Underutilized Businesses.

(a) The commission shall seek the advice of the governor, legislature, and state agencies in identifying and developing opportunities for historically underutilized businesses.

(b)  The commission shall offer historically underutilized businesses assistance and training regarding state procurement procedures.

(c)  The commission shall advise historically underutilized businesses of available state contracts and shall advise historically underutilized businesses to apply for registration on the commission's master bidders list.

(d)  The commission shall send historically underutilized businesses an orientation package on certification or recertification. The package shall include:

(1)  a certificate issued in the historically underutilized business's name;

(2)  a description of the significance and value of certification;

(3)  a list of state purchasing personnel;

(4)  information regarding electronic commerce opportunities;

(5)  information regarding the Texas Marketplace website; and

(6)  additional information about the state procurement process.

(e)  A state agency with a biennial budget that exceeds $10 million shall designate a staff member to serve as the historically underutilized businesses coordinator for the agency during the fiscal year. The procurement director may serve as the coordinator. In agencies that employ a historically underutilized businesses coordinator, the position of coordinator, within the agency's structure, must be at least equal to the position of procurement director. In addition to any other responsibilities, the coordinator shall:

(1)  coordinate training programs for the recruitment and retention of historically underutilized businesses;

(2)  report required information to the commission; and

(3)  match historically underutilized businesses with key staff within the agency.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.04, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.063.  Assisting State Agencies.

(a) The commission shall encourage state agencies to use historically underutilized businesses by:

(1)  working with state agencies to establish a statewide policy for increasing the use of historically underutilized businesses;

(2)  assisting state agencies in seeking historically underutilized businesses capable of supplying required goods or services;

(3)  assisting state agencies in identifying and advising historically underutilized businesses on the types of goods and services the agencies need; and

(4)  assisting state agencies in increasing the amount of business placed with historically underutilized businesses.

(b)  The commission shall assist the Texas Department of Economic Development in performing the department's duties under Section 481.0068.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.05, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.064.  Directory. (a)

The commission shall compile, in the most cost-efficient form, a directory of businesses certified as historically underutilized businesses under Section 2161.061.

(b)  The commission at least semiannually shall update the directory and provide access to the directory electronically or in another form to each state agency.

(c)  Depending on the needs of a state agency, the commission shall provide access to the directory electronically or in another form.

(d)  The commission shall provide a copy of the directory to every municipality in January and July of each year. On request, the commission shall make the directory available to other local governments and the public.

(e)  A state agency, including the commission, shall use the directory in determining awards of state purchasing and public works contracts.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.06, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.065.  Mentor-protege Program.

(a) The commission shall design a mentor-protege program to foster long-term relationships between prime contractors and historically underutilized businesses and to increase the ability of historically underutilized businesses to contract with the state or to receive subcontracts under a state contract. Each state agency with a biennial appropriation that exceeds $10 million shall implement the program designed by the commission.

(b)  Participation in the program must be voluntary for both the contractor and the historically underutilized business subcontractor.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.08, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.066.  Historically Underutilized Business Forums.

(a) The commission shall design a program of forums in which historically underutilized businesses are invited by state agencies to deliver technical and business presentations that demonstrate their capability to do business with the agency:

(1)  to senior managers and procurement personnel at state agencies that acquire goods and services of a type supplied by the historically underutilized businesses; and

(2)  to contractors with the state who may be subcontracting for goods and services of a type supplied by the historically underutilized businesses.

(b)  The forums shall be held at state agency offices.

(c)  Each state agency with a biennial appropriation that exceeds $10 million shall participate in the program by sending senior managers and procurement personnel to attend relevant presentations and by informing the agency's contractors about presentations that may be relevant to anticipated subcontracting opportunities.

(d)  Each state agency that has a historically underutilized businesses coordinator shall:

(1)  design its own program and model the program to the extent appropriate on the program developed by the commission under this section; and

(2)  sponsor presentations by historically underutilized businesses at the agency.

(e)  The commission and each state agency that has a historically underutilized businesses coordinator shall aggressively identify and notify individual historically underutilized businesses regarding opportunities to make a presentation regarding the types of goods and services supplied by the historically underutilized business and shall advertise in appropriate trade publications that target historically underutilized businesses regarding opportunities to make a presentation.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.08, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Subchapter C. Planning And Reporting Requirements

Section  2161.121.  Commission Report Of Contracts Awarded To Historically Underutilized Businesses.

(a) The commission shall prepare a consolidated report that:

(1)  includes the number and dollar amount of contracts awarded and paid to historically underutilized businesses certified by the commission;

(2)  analyzes the relative level of opportunity for historically underutilized businesses for various categories of acquired goods and services; and

(3)  tracks, by vendor identification number and, to the extent allowed by federal law, by social security number, the graduation rates for historically underutilized businesses that grew to exceed the size standards determined by the commission.

(b)  Each state agency shall send to the commission information required by Section 2161.122 and the commission for the preparation of the commission's report not later than March 15 and September 15 of each year.

(c)  The commission shall base its report on the compilation and analysis of reports received under Subsection (b) and information received from the comptroller.

(d)  The commission shall send on April 15 of each year a report on the previous six-month period to the joint committee charged with monitoring the implementation of the historically underutilized business goals.

(e)  The commission shall send on October 15 of each year a report on the preceding fiscal year to the presiding officer of each house of the legislature and the joint committee.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.07, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.122.  Information Gathering By State Agency.

(a) To ensure accuracy in reporting, a state agency shall maintain and compile monthly information relating to the use by the agency and each of its operating divisions of historically underutilized businesses, including information regarding subcontractors and suppliers required by Subsection (b).

(b)  A contractor or supplier awarded a contract by a state agency shall report to the agency the identity of each historically underutilized business to whom the contractor or supplier awarded a subcontract for the purchase of goods or services.

(c)  Each state agency shall report to the commission in accordance with Section 2161.125 the following information with regard to the expenditure of both treasury and nontreasury funds:

(1)  the total dollar amount of purchases and payments made under contracts awarded to historically underutilized businesses;

(2)  the number of businesses participating in any issuance of state bonds by the agency;

(3)  the number of contracts awarded to businesses with regard to the agency's acquisition, construction, or equipping of a facility or implementation of a program; and

(4)  the number of bids, proposals, or other applicable expressions of interest made by historically underutilized businesses with regard to the agency's acquisition, construction, or equipping of a facility or implementation of a program.

(d)  A state agency participating in a group purchasing program shall send to the commission in the agency's report under Section 2161.121 a separate list of purchases from historically underutilized businesses that are made through the group purchasing program, including the dollar amount of each purchase allocated to the reporting agency.

(e)  A state agency's report is a record of the agency's purchases for which the agency selected the vendor. If the vendor was selected by the commission as part of its state contract program, the commission shall include the purchase in the commission's report of its own purchases unless the commission made a sole source purchase for the agency under Section 2155.067. The state agency for which the purchase was made shall report the selection of the vendor on its report as if the agency selected the vendor when the agency drew specifications for goods or services that are proprietary to one vendor.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.24, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.123.  Strategic Planning.

(a) Each state agency, including the commission, that is required to have a strategic plan under Chapter 2056 shall include in its strategic plan a written plan for increasing the agency's use of historically underutilized businesses in purchasing and public works contracting. The governing board of each university system or institution of higher education not included in a university system, other than a public junior college, shall prepare a written plan for increasing the use of historically underutilized businesses in purchasing and public works contracting by the system or institution.

(b)  The plan must include:

(1)  a policy or mission statement relating to increasing the use of historically underutilized businesses by the state agency;

(2)  goals to be met by the agency in carrying out the policy or mission; and

(3)  specific programs to be conducted by the agency to meet the goals stated in the plan, including a specific program to encourage contractors to use historically underutilized businesses as partners and subcontractors.

(c)  On request, the commission shall provide technical assistance to a state agency that is preparing its plan.

(d)  The commission and the state auditor shall cooperate to develop procedures providing for random periodic monitoring of state agency compliance with this section.  The state auditor shall report to the commission a state agency that is not complying with this section.  In determining whether a state agency is making a good faith effort to comply, the state auditor shall consider whether the agency:

(1)  has adopted rules under Section 2161.003;

(2)  has used the commission's directory under Section 2161.064 and other resources to identify historically underutilized businesses that are able and available to contract with the agency;

(3)  made good faith, timely efforts to contact identified historically underutilized businesses regarding contracting opportunities;

(4)  conducted its procurement program in accordance with the good faith effort methodology set out in commission rules; and

(5)  established goals for contracting with historically underutilized businesses in each procurement category based on:

(A)  scheduled fiscal year expenditures; and

(B)  the availability of historically underutilized businesses in each category as determined by rules adopted under Section 2161.002.

(e)  In conducting an audit of an agency's compliance with this section or an agency's making of a good faith effort to implement the plan adopted under this section, the state auditor shall consider the success or failure of the agency to contract with historically underutilized businesses in accordance with the agency's goals described by Subsection (d)(5).

(f)  If the state auditor reports to the commission that a state agency is not complying with this section, the commission shall assist the agency in complying.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.25, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 785, Sec. 36, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1266, Sec. 4.08, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.23, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  2161.124.  State Agency Progress Reports.

(a) Each state agency, including the commission, shall prepare a report for each fiscal year documenting progress under its plan for increasing use of historically underutilized businesses.

(b)  The commission shall develop a standard form for the report.

(c)  The state agency shall file the report with the governor, lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the house of representatives not later than December 31 of each year.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 785, Sec. 37, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section 2161.125.  Categorization By Sex, Race, And Ethnicity.

The comptroller, in cooperation with each state agency reporting under this subchapter, shall categorize each historically underutilized business included in a report under this subchapter by sex, race, and ethnicity.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.24, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  2161.126.  Education And Outreach By Commission.

Before September 1 of each year, the commission shall report to the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the house of representatives on the education and training efforts that the commission has made toward historically underutilized businesses. The report must include the following as related to historically underutilized businesses:

(1)  the commission's vision, mission, and philosophy;

(2)  marketing materials and other educational materials distributed by the commission;

(3)  the commission's policy regarding education, outreach, and dissemination of information;

(4)  goals that the commission has attained during the fiscal year;

(5)  the commission's goals, objectives, and expected outcome measures for each outreach and education event; and

(6)  the commission's planned future initiatives on education and outreach.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.09, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section 2161.127.  Legislative Appropriations Requests.

(a) Each state agency must include as part of its legislative appropriations request a detailed report for consideration by the budget committees of the legislature that shows the extent to which the agency complied with this chapter and rules of the commission adopted under this chapter during the two calendar years preceding the calendar year in which the request is submitted.  To the extent the state agency did not comply, the report must demonstrate the reasons for that fact.  The extent to which a state agency complies with this chapter and rules of the commission adopted under this chapter is considered a key performance measure for purposes of the appropriations process.

(b)  The report under Subsection (a) must include:

(1)  the agency's goals established under Section 2161.123(d)(5) for contracting with historically underutilized businesses during the two calendar years preceding the calendar year in which the request is submitted;

(2)  a statement regarding whether the goals established under Section 2161.123(d)(5) were met during the two calendar years preceding the calendar year in which the request is submitted; and

(3)  if the goals established under Section 2161.123(d)(5) were not met during the two calendar years preceding the calendar year in which the request is submitted:

(A)  a statement of the percentage by which the agency's actual use of historically underutilized businesses deviated from the agency's goals; and

(B)  an explanation of why the goals were not met.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.09, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.25, eff. September 1, 2007.



Subchapter D. Purchasing Goals

Section  2161.181.  Goals For Purchases Of Goods And Services.

A state agency, including the commission, shall make a good faith effort to increase the contract awards for the purchase of goods or services that the agency expects to make during a fiscal year to historically underutilized businesses based on rules adopted by the commission to implement the disparity study described by Section 2161.002(c).

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.26, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.182.  Goals For Construction Contracts.

(a) A state agency that contracts for a construction project, including a project under Section 2166.003, shall make a good faith effort to increase the construction contract awards that the agency expects to make during a fiscal year to historically underutilized businesses based on rules adopted by the commission to implement the disparity study described by Section 2161.002(c).

(b)  In this section, "project" has the meaning assigned by Section 2166.001.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 1.27, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.183.  Estimate Of Expected Contract Awards.

(a) Not later than the 60th day of its fiscal year, a state agency, including the commission:

(1)  shall estimate the total value of contract awards the agency expects to make for that fiscal year that are subject to Section 2161.181; and

(2)  shall estimate the total value of contract awards the agency expects to make for that fiscal year under Chapter 2166.

(b)  The state agency may revise an estimate as new information requires.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.



Subchapter E. Penalty

Section  2161.231.  Penalty.

(a) A person commits an offense if the person:

(1)  intentionally applies as a historically underutilized business for an award of a purchasing contract or public works contract under this subtitle; and

(2)  knows the person is not a historically underutilized business.

(b)  An offense under this section is a third degree felony.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 41, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.



Subchapter F. Subcontracting

Section  2161.251.  Applicability.

(a) This subchapter applies to all contracts entered into by a state agency with an expected value of $100,000 or more, including:

(1)  contracts for the acquisition of a good or service; and

(2)  contracts for or related to the construction of a public building, road, or other public work.

(b)  This subchapter applies to the contract without regard to:

(1)  whether the contract is otherwise subject to this subtitle; or

(2)  the source of funds for the contract, except that to the extent federal funds are used to pay for the contract, this subchapter does not apply if federal law prohibits the application of this subchapter in relation to the expenditure of federal funds.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.10, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.252.  Agency Determination Regarding Subcontracting Opportunities; Business Subcontracting Plan.

(a) Each state agency that considers entering into a contract with an expected value of $100,000 or more shall, before the agency solicits bids, proposals, offers, or other applicable expressions of interest for the contract, determine whether there will be subcontracting opportunities under the contract. If the state agency determines that there is that probability, the agency shall require that each bid, proposal, offer, or other applicable expression of interest for the contract include a historically underutilized business subcontracting plan.

(b)  When a state agency requires a historically underutilized business subcontracting plan under Subsection (a), a bid, proposal, offer, or other applicable expression of interest for the contract must contain a plan to be considered responsive.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.10, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.



Section  2161.253.  Good Faith Compliance With Business Subcontracting Plan.

(a) When a state agency requires a historically underutilized business subcontracting plan under Section 2161.252, the awarded contract shall contain, as a provision of the contract that must be fulfilled, the plan that the contractor submitted in its bid, proposal, offer, or other applicable expression of interest for the contract. The contractor shall make good faith efforts to implement the plan. A contractor's participation in a mentor-protege program under Section 2161.065 and submission of a protege as a subcontractor in the contractor's historically underutilized business subcontracting plan constitutes a good faith effort under this section for the particular area of the subcontracting plan involving the protege.

(b)  To the extent that subcontracts are not contracted for as originally submitted in the historically underutilized business subcontracting plan, the contractor shall report to the state agency all the circumstances that explain that fact and describe the good faith efforts made to find and subcontract with another historically underutilized business.

(c)  The state agency shall audit the contractor's compliance with the historically underutilized business subcontracting plan. In determining whether the contractor made the required good faith effort, the agency may not consider the success or failure of the contractor to subcontract with historically underutilized businesses in any specific quantity. The agency's determination is restricted to considering factors indicating good faith.

(d)  If a determination is made that the contractor failed to implement the plan in good faith, the agency, in addition to any other remedies, may bar the contractor from further contracting opportunities with the agency.

(e)  The commission shall adopt rules to administer this subchapter.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1499, Sec. 2.10, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1422, Sec. 13.02, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.


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