To improve its procurement practices and comply with the judicial contracting manual, the Alameda court should ensure that it either anticipates contracts expiring and competitively rebids them timely or establishes proper noncompetitive amendments to the contracts as the judicial contracting manual specifies.
The Court has created and implemented an annual plan which includes all contracts with expiration dates, action due dates, and type of action needed in order to anticipate any circumstance where competitive bidding is required. The plan will be updated annually and accounts for those contracts expiring within the next calendar year.
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Alameda County Superior Court has not responded to our repeated requests over the past year to provide the actions it has taken or plans to take to implement our recommendation. As a result, the status of the court's implementation of our recommendation is unknown.
The Court has created an annual plan which includes all contracts with expiration and action dates in order to anticipate any action where competitive bidding is required. This will be updated annually and account for those contracts expiring within that calendar year.
Although Alameda asserts that it has created an annual plan to track and anticipate contracts expiring, it has not provided us a copy of the plan. Instead, Alameda gave us a copy of a sample of an annual plan.
The Court will ensure that proper justification and support are provided when entering into noncompetitive procurements. The Court has started to obtain proper documentation from its contractors whose services are provided as community rehabilitation programs. We should be completed with the process of collecting certified community rehabilitation program certificates by June 2015.
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