In June 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser established the Procurement Accountability and Review Board (PARB) to improve the quality, efficiency, and integrity of the contracting and procurement process within the District. The Board is comprised of the Mayor, the City Administrator, and the Chief Procurement Officer of the District. The Board will review:
- general concerns with contracting-related processes or procedures that impact the quality, efficiency, or effectiveness of the contracting process;
- specific contracting-related actions, such as retroactive contracts, contract appeals, and contractor claims, that indicate that there has been inadequate adherence to applicable laws, regulations, processes, or procedures;
- and identified conditions and operations within a specific agency that negatively impact the quality, efficiency, or effectiveness of the contracting process.
The goal of the PARB is not to consider each potential problem with the contracting process or each potential contracting error. Instead, the goal of the Board is to select matters that, when reviewed and resolved, are likely to result in substantial, widespread, or long-term improvements to the contracting process.