To ensure that transactions reflect the State's priorities regarding businesses owned by disabled veterans, and to comply with requirements in the judicial contracting manual, the courts we reviewed should develop formal policies to implement the DVBE program.
We have added procedural language for implementation of the DVBE program in our Local Contracting Manual effective 10/01/14.
The Court will now target 09/30/2014 for implementation, contingent on adequate staffing. Due to staff furloughs, reduction in force, turnover in the Buyer/Purchasing position, etc., we have not had available resources to implement.
The Court recognizes the DVBE requirement in the Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (JBCM). However, the JBCM indicates using available resources to implement the DVBE program. Due to several years of budget cuts, our Court does not have available resources to implement at this time. The Court will continue to target January 2014 for implementation; however, implementation is contingent on adequate staffing levels.
The Court recognizes the DVBE requirement in the Judicial Branch Contract Manual (JBCM), and our court's local manual designates the buyer as the DVBE advocate. However, the JBCM indicates the Courts are to use available resources to implement the DVBE program. Due to several years of unprecedented budget cuts, our Court does not have available resources at this time. The Court will target January 2014 as the date to fully establish and implement the DVBE preference; including written policies and procedures in our local contracting manual.
†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.
*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.