Report 2016-124 Recommendation Responses

Report 2016-124: Department of General Services and California Department of Technology: Neither Entity Has Provided the Oversight Necessary to Ensure That State Agencies Consistently Use the Competitive Bidding Process (Release Date: June 2017)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To promote accountability for and transparency of the State's noncompetitive request process, the Legislature should require General Services and Technology to submit an annual report of all noncompetitive requests they approve with values over $1 million. This report should include performance metrics such as the percentage of procurement dollars approved as noncompetitive requests. This could be a published annual report or the two agencies could provide this information publicly on their websites. In addition, the Legislature could require agencies to publicly justify their noncompetitive requests in Legislative hearings when it sees fit. For each noncompetitive request listed in the annual report, General Services and Technology should include—at a minimum—the following information:
- Contracting agency.
- Original contract value (if applicable).
- Noncompetitive request value.
- Numbers and values of noncompetitive amendments (if applicable).
- Mechanisms applied to enforce compliance.

Description of Legislative Action

The Legislature has not taken any recent action to address this specific recommendation.

AB 2157 was introduced during the 2017-18 Legislative Session and would have required the Department of General Services, until January 1, 2023, to submit an annual report to the Legislature, that shall also be made available to the public, of all noncompetitive bid contract requests it approved during the preceding year with a value over $1 million and the mechanisms the department employed during the previous year to enforce compliance with noncompetitive procurement laws and policies. This bill died in the Assembly.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: June 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: No Action Taken


Description of Legislative Action

Assembly Bill 2157 (Obernolte) would require the Department of General Services, until January 1, 2023, to submit an annual report to the Legislature, that shall also be made available to the public, of all noncompetitive bid contract requests it approved during the preceding year with a value over $1 million and the mechanisms the department employed during the previous year to enforce compliance with noncompetitive procurement laws and policies.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: June 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Legislation Introduced


All Recommendations in 2016-124