As required by ORS 279.850(1), Agencies that intend to procure a product or service that is listed on the Procurement List must procure that product or service, at the Price determined by the Department, from a QRF if the product or service is of specifications appropriate to the Agencys procurement needs and is available within the time required by the Agency.
Agencies must not develop specifications that inhibit or tend to discourage Public Contracting with QRF providers for the acquisition of QRF-produced products or services.
Agencies must not enter into lease agreements or other agreements to purposely eliminate the possibility of that Agency entering into an agreement with a QRF provider.
It is the policy of the Department to assist QRFs by administering a program to:
Identify contracting opportunities in the public sector for QRFs;
Ensure that QRFs meet the standards set forth in the QRF Program; and
Assist and facilitate Agencies in entering into contracts with QRFs for the provision of products and services.
In administering the QRF Program, the Department, Agencies and QRFs must keep in mind the purpose of the law: to encourage and assist Individuals with a Disability to achieve maximum personal independence through useful and productive gainful employment by assuring an expanded and constant market for QRF products and services.
In promoting the policy of this section and ORS 279.850(2), the State Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) may appoint uncompensated volunteer members to serve on an advisory council to make recommendations to the CPO concerning the facilitation and administration of the QRF Program. The CPOs authority to appoint advisory council members includes the authority to remove and replace members in the CPOs sole discretion. Meetings of the advisory council are not subject to the public meetings law (ORS 192.610 to 192.710). However, the Department will post notice of the times and places of meetings of the advisory council on a website maintained by the Department. The Department reserves the right to change the meeting time and place after the posting of the meeting notice.