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GSA misses government procurement hearing a 3rd time

By on March 14, 2017

SAN JUAN – The General Services Administration has excused itself on three occasions from testifying before the House Government Committee to state its position on a bill that would create a government procurement law that would completely alter the agency’s operations.

Rep. Jorge Navarro, who chairs the committee, told Caribbean Business that he will personally cite the agency for a ruling on House Bill 15 because he believes that continuing the analysis of the measure won’t be possible without its testimony.

Rep. Jorge Navarro (File Photo)

Rep. Jorge Navarro (File Photo)

“I doubt we’ll have to resort to that,” Navarro said in reference to the issuance of a subpoena. Agency representatives have been requesting more time to analyze House Speaker Carlos “Johnny” Méndez’s bill for weeks.

During Tuesday’s public hearing, Samuel Nales Pérez, representing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), said the bill “doesn’t have an adverse impact on budget” because it doesn’t require the use of public funds.

Although OMB favors the bill because it would consolidate the 188 government procurement regulations, it requested the Government Committee to analyze current law in relation to the proposed law.

Specifically, Nales Pérez requested the evaluation of the government administration’s Plan for Puerto Rico, which has some dispositions related to government purchases. Second, the committee must evaluate Notice 141-77, which establishes that agencies must submit the processes of contracts greater than $10,000 to the OMB. Lastly, Reorganization Plan 3-2011, which established that the GSA is responsible for government procurement of goods and services, and the Law of Uniform Administrative Procedure (Act 170 of 1988), both be considered.

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