"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
MNSITE (Minnesota Seeking IT Expertise)
The MNSITE program is the latest enterprise master contract for IT consulting work. The office of State Procurement has partnered with Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) to provide a streamlined, automated program for state agencies and members of the State's Cooperative Purchasing Venture to secure highly-skilled IT related professional contractors and consultants. This program can be used to procure both Staff Augmentation or Deliverable/Fixed Cost services.
Accessibility MN Master Contract Program
The Accessibility MN Master Contract Program supports the State of Minnesota's objective to maximize accessibility for all Minnesotans by providing end-users with cost effective captioning, remediation, and document/template creation and conversions services.
This Program is available for use by State of Minnesota agencies and other government units eligible under the state's Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPV's) established pursuant to Minnesota Statute § 16C.03, subdivision 10. Entities eligible to participate under the cooperative purchasing venture are described in Minnesota Statute § 16C.105.
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.
Court Reporting, Deposition, and Transcription Master Contract Program
The Court Reporting, Deposition, and Transcription Master Contract Program supports the State of Minnesota's objective to ensure that an accurate and verbatim record of all court reporting, deposition, and transcription proceedings are kept and a timely transcript is prepared as necessary.
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.
Professional/Technical Contracts Training Schedule
The 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! Registration for this training will be completed in the Learning area of Self Service. Please refer to the instructions and course codes linked here.
Contract Negotiation Training Schedule
The 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. Registration for this training will be completed in the Learning area of Self Service. Please refer to the instructions and course codes linked here.
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 https://mn.gov/mnit/government/policies/accessibility/.
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 MNIT's Office of Accessibility page on IT procurement.