To evaluate the effectiveness of the off ramp in providing opportunities for small business and DVBE participation, General Services should track the number and dollar amounts of contracts that state agencies award through the use of the off ramps in strategically sourced and other mandatory statewide contracts. General Services' evaluation also should consider the extent to which an off ramp affects the monetary benefits that result from statewide contracts designed to leverage the State's purchasing power.
At the time of our previous update to this recommendation, the only outstanding item was to complete an assessment of the off-ramp program's effectiveness in providing opportunities for small businesses and DVBEs to participate in contracts with State agencies even though a mandatory statewide contract exists. In October 2012, the Procurement Division completed an assessment for two statewide contracts: Toner/Ink Cartridges – New and Toner/Ink Cartridges – Remanufactured (See Enclosure II)
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.