"Professional or technical services means services that are intellectual in character, including consultation, analysis, evaluation, predication, planning, or programming, or recommendation, and result in the production of a report or the completion of a task. Professional or technical contracts do not include the provision of supplies or materials except by the approval of the commissioner (of administration) or except as incidental to the provision of professional or technical services."
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 16C
Arbitration/Mediation/Facilitation Master Contract Program
The Office of State Procurement has created a Master Contract program for State agencies and members of the State's Cooperative Purchasing Venture for Arbitrators, Mediators, and Facilitators. Vendors on the roster have been prequalified to perform services in specific categories.
Equal Pay Requirements for State Purchasing and Contracting
Following passage of the 2014 Women's Economic Security Act, vendors with 40 or more employees in Minnesota or their primary place of business are required to obtain an Equal Pay Certificate from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) prior to executing a contract for over $500,000. For more details, contact the MDHR.
SITE (Seeking IT Expertise)
The SITE Program is the successor to the former 902TS Master Contract Program. It runs from 4/16/2014 to 4/15/2019. The Office of State Procurement and MN.IT Services have partnered to provide a streamlined approach for state agencies and members of the State's Cooperative Purchasing Venture (cities, counties, independent schools districts, etc.) to secure highly-skilled IT-related professional contractors and consultants using a fast and intuitive process across 17 service categories.
Data Analytics Master Contract Program
We created a master contract program for use by state agencies and members of the State's Cooperative Purchasing Venture. The program involves 18 master contracts available to obtain a wide array of data analytics services. The program was built on the idea that data analytics, as a process, unlocks insight. It supports the State's commitment to informed, data-driven decision making to assure resources are properly managed. Our primary objective is to reduce costs and improve efficiency. But the program also benefits the user in many ways from administrative efficiency and ease, cost avoidance, quality assurance, and speed.
ASAP-IT (Accelerated Staff Augmentation Program)
The Office of State Procurement and MN.IT Services have partnered to launch a master contract program for IT staff augmentation services. The program is open to state agencies members of the state's Cooperative Purchasing Venture. The program provides a streamlined mechanism to acquire IT staff augmentation services. It focuses on assuring quality resources and excellent hourly rates. You can find program details can be found on the MN.IT Services website.
2016 Professional/Technical Contracts Training Schedule
The 2016 schedule for P/T training is available on-line. In addition to the full-day course (P/T Contracts 101), a series of mini sessions are also being offered that address certain P/T contracting topics in greater detail. For a list of session times and topics, please view the schedule. The Department of Administration, Office of State Procurement offers all courses FREE OF CHARGE to all State employees and CPV members. So register today! To register, contact the OSP Training Coordinator. Please include your name, agency, telephone number and email address.
2016 Contract Negotiation Training Schedule
The 2016 schedule for contract negotiation training is available on-line. In addition to the full-day course (Negotiation 101 Seminar), a series of mini sessions are also being offered that address certain contract negotiation topics in greater detail. For a detailed list of session times and topics, please view the schedule. These courses are also appropriate for non-P/T contract staff, as the majority of the seminars address general topics of negotiation. The Office of State Procurement offers all courses FREE OF CHARGE to all State employees and CPV members. So register today! To register, contact the OSP Training Coordinator. Please include your name, agency, telephone number and email address.
IT Accessibility Standards
Effective September 1, 2010, all information technology procured or developed must adhere to the State of Minnesota Accessibility Standards and associated process. The standards can be found at http://mn.gov/mnit/images/Stnd_State_Accessibility.pdf.
Vendors providing customized and off the shelf technology are often asked to provide VPATs (voluntary product assessment templates) that self-identify the product's level of accessibility. For guidance on the VPAT processes, please visit MN.IT's Office of Accessibility page on IT procurement.