In June 2015, Contracts held presentations open to all staff about key changes that impact UCAR resulting from the Uniform Guidance that was effective on December 26, 2014. At that time it was mentioned that UCAR had chosen to take advantage of the grace period that the government granted for entities that wish to delay the implementation of the new procurement standards. The Government has since granted an extension to the grace period that UCAR is taking advantage of, which means that UCAR will be required to be in compliance with the procurement standards of the Uniform Guidance by October 1, 2017.
The significant changes to the procurement standards in the Uniform Guidance include publicizing solicitations for procurements > $150,000, independent cost estimates for procurements > $150,000 before receiving bids or proposals, taking all necessary affirmative steps to assure that small, disadvantaged/women owned businesses are used when possible, more restrictive criteria for sole sources, and lowering the competitive threshold to $3,500.
Within the next year, Contracts will be working on meeting these updated procurement standards and will be providing further information and training. The new sourcing and procurement system will also assist with meeting these standards.
If you have questions about this, please contract Alison Propes at email@example.com or via phone at 303-497-8877.