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"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      

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 new successor to the former 902TS Master Contract Program. This program is effective from 4/16/2014 to 4/15/2019. SITE is managed jointly by the Minnesota Department of Administration and MN.IT Services. SITE provides a streamlined approach for state agencies, other governmental units, and Cooperative Purchasing Venture members to secure highly-skilled IT-related professional contractors and consultants via a fast and intuitive process across 17 service categories. MN.IT manages the contracting and approval process for our customers so they can get consultants on board fast.

ASAP-IT (Accelerated Staff Augmentation Program)
The Materials Management Division and MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology) have partnered to launch a master contract program for IT staff augmentation services. The program is open to state agencies and other entities that are members of the state's Cooperative Purchasing Venture (Cities, Counties, Independent School Districts, etc.) The program provides a streamlined mechanism to acquire IT staff augmentation services with a focus on assuring quality resources and excellent hourly rates. Program details can be found on the MN.IT Services website.

Access-IT Master Contract Program
The Materials Management Division has created a master contract program for use by state agencies and other entities that are members of the State's Cooperative Purchasing Venture (cities, counties, independent schools districts, etc.). The program supports the State of Minnesota's objective to improve the accessibility and usability of information technology products and services for all government end-users. The services available under this Program will accelerate the State's goal of maximizing accessibility for all Minnesotans by providing cost effective training, accessibility tools, product testing, remediation, document/template creation and conversion and compliance guidance.

Data Analytics Master Contract Program
The Materials Management Division has created a master contract program for use by state agencies and other entities that are members of the State's Cooperative Purchasing Venture (cities, counties, independent school districts, etc.). The program is premised on the idea that the use of data analytics unlocks insight, supporting the State's commitment to informed, data-driven decision making to assure resources are properly managed. Although the primary objective is to achieve significant cost savings and efficiencies, the Program's structure results in the user benefitting from administrative efficiency and ease, cost avoidance, quality assurance and speed.

2014 Professional/Technical Contracts Training Schedule
The 2014 schedule for P/T training is now available on-line. In addition to the full-day course (P/T Contracts 101), this year a series of mini sessions are also being offered that address certain P/T contracting topics in greater detail. For a detailed list of session times and topics, please view the schedule. All courses are offered by the Department of Administration, Materials Management Division FREE OF CHARGE to all State employees and CPV members -so register today! To register for any of these courses, contact Linda Marzinske at linda.marzinske@state.mn.us. Please include your name, agency, telephone number and e-mail address.

2014 Contract Negotiation Training Schedule
The 2014 schedule for contract negotiation training is now available on-line. In addition to the full-day course (Negotiation 101 Seminar), this year 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 seminar addresses general topics of negotiation. All courses are offered by the Department of Administration, Materials Management Division FREE OF CHARGE to all State employees and CPV members -so register today! To register for any of these courses, contact Linda Marzinske at linda.marzinske@state.mn.us. Please include your name, agency, telephone number and e-mail 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/oet/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.

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