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Review of District Agencies’ Compliance on Expendable Budget Spending with Certified Small Business Enterprises and Certified Business Enterprises

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Councilmember Vincent Orange
Committee on Small and Local Business Development

December 6, 2012
John A. Wilson Building
Room 500
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Good afternoon, Councilmember Orange and members of the committee. I am James D. Staton, Jr., Chief Procurement Officer for the District of Columbia and Director of the Office of Contracting and Procurement. I am here today to provide an overview of our spending with Certified Business Enterprises for FY12 and FY13.

1) What was your expendable budget for FY 2012?
OCP’s expendable budget for FY12 was approximately $120K ($120,770).  The FY12 OCP operating budget was $8.6 million and the approved DSLBD exclusions totaled $8.5 million.  

2) Are you aware that 50% of your expendable budget must be spent with   SBEs? Did your agency spend at least 50% of its FY 2012 expendable budget with SBEs? If not, why not?
Yes.  OCP was required to spend 50% of the expendable budget, a total of $60,000.  OCP far exceeded the requirement by spending $131K of its budget with CBEs.  The $131K was spent in the following categories: Supplies and Office equipment:  $20K, Professional Services and Temporary Staffing $78K; and IT Equipment and Software $33K.

3) What is your expendable budget for FY 2013?
OCP’s expendable budget for FY13 is $407,032. It is significantly greater in FY 13 because OCP has less of its budget dedicated to MOU’s.  Our expendable budget will be used for office supplies and equipment, Professional services, and IT equipment and software.  

4) Do you plan to meet the 50% requirement for FY 2013? If not, why? If yes, how?
Yes. We will continue to use Small and Local businesses – especially those on the DC Supply Schedule.  Much of OCP’s operational spending is for goods and services that are less than $100K per use and for goods and services generally provided by vendors on the DC Supply Schedule.

5) Will you commit to meeting the 50% requirement for FY 2013?
Yes, we are committed to keeping District dollars with District businesses whenever possible in accordance with DC law.

6) Who is your Compliance Officer?
Jeanett Mitchell, Supervisor of Support Services, is our Compliance Officer.

Thank you. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.