Public Contracting - General Provisions

ORS 279A.159
Education and training or experience requirements for persons that conduct procurements or administer contracts for state contracting agencies

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(1)

A person that conducts a procurement or administers a public contract for a state contracting agency shall complete a course of education and training or have professional experience that, at a minimum and in accordance with standards established under subsection (2) of this section, adequately prepares the person to:

(a)

Develop specifications and develop or adapt solicitation documents for a procurement;

(b)

Read critically, understand, interpret and apply terms and conditions set forth in public contracts of the scope and nature that the person administers or will administer;

(c)

Draft scopes of work, statements of work, contract amendments, change orders, insurance requirements, notices and other documents and communications that are necessary to conduct a procurement or administer a public contract of the scope and nature for which the person is or will be responsible;

(d)

Monitor a contractor’s performance under a public contract to ensure that the contractor performs services, provides goods or supplies materials according to the schedule, pricing, specifications and terms and conditions set forth in the public contract;

(e)

Manage relations between a state contracting agency and contractors so that contractors meet obligations to the state contracting agency and the state contracting agency meets obligations to contractors;

(f)

Recognize and investigate emerging disputes or other risks, unique requirements, unusual situations or other issues that arise in connection with a procurement and formulate appropriate responses and resolutions, seeking advice from legal counsel, risk management personnel or other persons when necessary;

(g)

Understand auditing requirements and procedures that apply to procurements of the scope and nature for which the person is or will be responsible and organize and maintain appropriate documentation and administrative practices that meet the auditing requirements; and

(h)

Follow regular business and office procedures, implement applicable state contracting agency policies and procedures and otherwise conduct procurements or administer public contracts for a state contracting agency in accordance with best practices.

(2)

(a) The Oregon Department of Administrative Services by rule shall establish standards for the education and training or experience a person must have to conduct a procurement or administer a public contract for a state contracting agency other than the Secretary of State or State Treasurer and may specify requirements in addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (1) of this section. The standards must describe the contents and quality of a curriculum for an appropriate education or training program, fix a passing score for an examination or assessment, if appropriate, specify requirements for obtaining a certificate or other evidence of having completed the education or training program and otherwise determine the skills and the level and depth of knowledge a person must have obtained from the education or training program. The standards must also describe the length of service or other evidence of adequate experience that a person must have in order to conduct a procurement or administer a public contract for a state contracting agency.

(b)

The department may establish levels or classifications of education and training or experience that are necessary for a person to conduct a procurement or administer a public contract for a state contracting agency, according to:

(A)

The complexity, scope or category of procurements a state contracting agency conducts;

(B)

The degree of responsibility a person will have for conducting a procurement or administering a public contract; or

(C)

Other appropriate criteria.

(c)

The department may provide an education or training program that meets the standards the department establishes under this subsection or may approve an education or training program that meets the standards.

(d)

The department by rule shall set a date, not later than December 31, 2017, by which an education or training program must meet the standards the department establishes under this subsection and a date, not later than December 31, 2018, after which all persons that conduct procurements or administer public contracts for state contracting agencies must meet the requirements specified in this section. In setting dates under this paragraph, the department shall take into account the fiscal impact of the standards and requirements on state contracting agencies and may phase in or specify incremental steps for meeting the standards and requirements.

(3)

The office of the Secretary of State and the office of the State Treasurer, not later than December 31, 2017, shall each establish standards for the education and training or experience a person must have to conduct a procurement or administer a public contract for the Secretary of State or the State Treasurer. The standards for education and training or experience must meet the requirements set forth in subsection (1) of this section. The Secretary of State and the State Treasurer may specify requirements in addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (1) of this section and may elect to meet the standards that the department establishes under subsection (2) of this section. Not later than December 31, 2018, a person that conducts a procurement or administers a public contract for the office of the Secretary of State or the office of the State Treasurer shall meet the standards that the office of the Secretary of State or the office of the State Treasurer, as appropriate, establishes under this subsection. [2015 c.646 §3]

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