Legislative and Regulatory Reforms


New York City Procurement Policy Board Rules

In Fiscal 2020, the Procurement Policy Board voted to adopt a number of changes to the Procurement Policy Board Rules (“PPB Rules”), which govern procurement actions for City agencies. The following changes were adopted by the PPB on November 21, 2019 and went into effect on January 2, 2020:

Changes in the M/WBE Definition

PPB Rule §§ 1-01: This amendment to the PPB Rules adds a new definition for the term "State-certified M/WBE" to effectuate the rule changes described below. This amendment also clarifies the definition of the term "M/WBE."

M/WBE Scoring Preference on Competitive Sealed Bids

PPB Rule § 3-02: This amendment to the PPB Rules expands application of the best value competitive sealed bid price preference mechanism to both City and State-certified M/WBEs. This amendment also allows agencies to adjust or suspend this price preference with the approval of the Citywide Chief Procurement Officer ("CCPO"). This amendment exercises authority granted to the City by Chapter 504 of the Laws of 2017 and Chapter 19 of the Laws of 2018 and codified under New York City Charter  Section 311(i)(2).

M/WBE Scoring Preference on Competitive Sealed Proposals

PPB Rule § 3-03: This amendment to the PPB Rules expands application of the best value competitive sealed proposal point or price preference provisions to both City and State-certified M/WBEs and mandates its usage for both professional and construction-related consulting services. Additionally, this amendment also allows agencies to adjust or suspend this point or price preference with the CCPO's approval. This amendment exercises authority granted to the city by Chapter 504 of the Laws of 2017 and Chapter 19 of the Laws of 2018 and codified under New York City Charter Section 311(i)(2).

Expansion of the M/WBE Noncompetitive Small Purchase Mechanism

PPB Rule § 3-08: This amendment to the PPB Rules allows agencies to use the M/WBE Noncompetitive Small Purchase mechanism to make purchases above the micropurchase limit, but not in excess of $500,000, to City-certified M/WBEs provided that they obtain at least three price quotes from City-certified M/WBEs. This amendment also expands the scope of applicability of the M/WBE Small Purchase mechanism, allowing agencies to use this mechanism to procure construction services as well. This amendment exercises authority granted to the City by Chapter 98 of the Laws of 2019 and codified under New York City Charter Section 311(i)(1).


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