To provide decision makers with the information necessary to determine the true costs and benefits of strategic sourcing, General Services should evaluate any impact strategic sourcing has on small business and DVBE participation in terms of number of contracts awarded and amounts paid to small businesses and DVBEs within the categories being strategically sourced. Specifically, for goods that were strategically sourced, General Services should compare the number of contracts awarded to small businesses and DVBEs before they were strategically sourced with those awarded through such contracts after they were strategically sourced. This effort should include contracts awarded by General Services and other state agencies.
At the time of our previous update to this recommendation, the only outstanding item was to complete an assessment of the impact on small business and DVBE usage after the issuance of two statewide contracts: Toner/Ink Cartridges – New and Toner/Ink Cartridges – Remanufactured. This assessment was completed in October 2012 (See Enclosure I).
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.