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HB749  Virginia Information Technologies Agency; private institutions of higher education. (Rust)
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Summary as Introduced:

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Virginia Information TechnologiesAgency; private institutions of higher education. Provides for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) to allow private institutions of higher education chartered in Virginia and granted tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to purchase directly from contracts established for state agencies and public bodies. The bill also requires VITA to seek the assistance of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and the Division of Purchase and Supply of the Department of General Services in establishing and maintaining a list of private educational institutions authorized to make such purchases.

 

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02/17/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB749ER)

 

Full Text of Bill:
14101431D
HOUSE BILL NO. 749
Offered January 8, 2014
Prefiled January 7, 2014
A BILL to amend and reenact § 2.2-2012 of the Code of Virginia, relating to the Virginia Information Technologies Agency; private institutions of higher education.
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Patron-- Rust
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Committee Referral Pending
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 2.2-2012 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 2.2-2012. Procurement of information technology and telecommunications goods and services; computer equipment to be based on performance-based specifications.

A. Information technology and telecommunications goods and services of every description shall be procured by (i) VITA for its own benefit or on behalf of other state agencies and institutions or (ii) such other agencies or institutions to the extent authorized by VITA. Such procurements shall be made in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act (§ 2.2-4300 et seq.), regulations that implement the electronic and information technology accessibility standards of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), as amended, and any regulations as may be prescribed by VITA. In no case shall such procurements exceed the requirements of the regulations that implement the electronic and information technology accessibility standards of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

The CIO shall disapprove any procurement that does not conform to the Commonwealth strategic plan for information technology developed and approved pursuant to § 2.2-2007 or to the individual strategic plans of state agencies or public institutions of higher education.

B. (Effective until July 1, 2014) All statewide contracts and agreements made and entered into by VITA for the purchase of communications services, telecommunications facilities, and information technology goods and services shall provide for the inclusion of counties, cities, and towns in such contracts and agreements. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 2.2-4301, VITA may enter into multiple vendor contracts for the referenced services, facilities, and goods and services.

B. (Effective July 1, 2014) All statewide contracts and agreements made and entered into by VITA for the purchase of communications services, telecommunications facilities, and information technology goods and services shall provide for the inclusion of counties, cities, and towns in such contracts and agreements. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 2.2-4301, 2.2-4302.1, or 2.2-4302.2, VITA may enter into multiple vendor contracts for the referenced services, facilities, and goods and services.

C. VITA may establish contracts for the purchase of personal computers and related devices by licensed teachers employed in a full-time teaching capacity in Virginia public schools or in state educational facilities for use outside the classroom. The computers and related devices shall not be purchased with public funds, but shall be paid for and owned by teachers individually provided that no more than one such computer and related device per year shall be so purchased.

D. If VITA, or any agency or institution authorized by VITA, elects to procure personal computers and related peripheral equipment pursuant to any type of blanket purchasing arrangement under which public bodies, as defined in § 2.2-4301, may purchase such goods from any vendor following competitive procurement but without the conduct of an individual procurement by or for the using agency or institution, it shall establish performance-based specifications for the selection of equipment. Establishment of such contracts shall emphasize performance criteria including price, quality, and delivery without regard to "brand name." All vendors meeting the Commonwealth's performance requirements shall be afforded the opportunity to compete for such contracts.

E. VITA shall allow private institutions of higher education chartered in Virginia and granted tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to purchase directly from contracts established for state agencies and public bodies by VITA.

F. This section shall not be construed or applied so as to infringe upon, in any manner, the responsibilities for accounting systems assigned to the Comptroller under § 2.2-803.

2. That the Virginia Information Technologies Agency shall seek the assistance of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and the Division of Purchase and Supply of the Department of General Services in establishing and maintaining a list of private educational institutions authorized to make purchases pursuant to the provisions of this act.

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