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Chapter 5A  |  Article 5A - 3  |  Section 22

1 - DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

1A - EMPLOYEE SUGGESTION AWARD BOAR

2 - FINANCE DIVISION

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WVC 5A- CHAPTER 5A. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION.
WVC -3- ARTICLE 3. PURCHASING DIVISION.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 1 §5A-3-1. Division created; purpose; director; applicability of article; continuation.
(a) The Purchasing Division within the Department of Administration is continued for the purpose of establishing centralized offices to provide purchasing, and travel services to the various state agencies.

(b) The director of the Purchasing Division shall, at the time of appointment:

(1) Be a graduate of an accredited college or university; and

(2) Have spent a minimum of ten of the fifteen years immediately preceding his or her appointment employed in an executive capacity in purchasing for any unit of government or for any business, commercial or industrial enterprise.

(c) The provisions of this article apply to all of the spending units of state government, except as otherwise provided by this article or by law.

(d) The provisions of this article do not apply to the judicial branch, the legislative branch, to purchases of stock made by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner, and to purchases of textbooks for the State Board of Education.

WVC 5A-3-1a §5A-3-1a. Prescription drug products.
In addition to other provisions of this article, the division is authorized, on behalf of the public employees insurance agency, the schools of medicine of the state colleges and universities, the department of vocational rehabilitation and the department of health and human resources, to negotiate and enter into agreements directly with manufacturers and distributors whose prescription drug products are sold in the state for sole-source and multiple-source drugs to be paid for under a state program for eligible recipients. Such agreements shall provide for a rebate of a negotiated percentage of the total product cost to be paid by the manufacturer or distributor of a specific product. Each agency is authorized to establish, either singularly or together with other agencies, a drug formulary.

Prescription drug products are included in the drug formulary only upon completion of the application to and approval of the division. Those products for which a rebate is successfully negotiated are automatically included in the drug formulary for a period of time coterminous with the negotiated rebate.

If there has been a failure to negotiate or renew a rebate agreement for a specific prescription drug product, the pharmaceutical manufacturer of that product shall disclose to the division its most favorable pricing arrangements available to state and nonstate government purchasers. If the division determines that the product needs to be included in the drug formulary, with the approval of the agency the division shall establish the amount to be reimbursed for the product based upon the price information provided by the manufacturer. The determination as to whether a product should be included in the drug formulary is based on the product's efficiency, cost, medical necessity and safety. Any rebate returns, as a result of the provisions of this section regarding prescription drugs, shall be deposited in the general revenue fund.

It is expressly recognized that no other entity may interfere with the discretion and judgment given to the single state agency that administers the state's medicaid program. Therefore, the department of health and human resources is authorized to negotiate rebates as provided for in this section.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 2 §5A-3-2. Books and records of director.
The director shall keep accurate books, accounts and records of all transactions of his or her division, and such books, accounts and records shall be public records, and shall at all proper times be available for inspection by any taxpayer of the state.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 3 §5A-3-3. Powers and duties of director of purchasing.
The director, under the direction and supervision of the secretary, shall be the executive officer of the Purchasing Division and shall have the power and duty to:

(1) Direct the activities and employees of the Purchasing Division;

(2) Ensure that the purchase of or contract for commodities shall be based, whenever possible, on competitive bid;

(3) Purchasing or contract for, in the name of the state, the commodities and printing required by the spending units of the state government;

(4) Apply and enforce standard specifications established in accordance with section five of this article as hereinafter provided;

(5) Transfer to or between spending units or sell commodities that are surplus, obsolete or unused as hereinafter provided;

(6) Have charge of central storerooms for the supply of spending units, as the director deems advisable;

(7) Establish and maintain a laboratory for the testing of commodities and make use of existing facilities in state institutions for that purpose as hereinafter provided, as the director deems advisable;

(8) Suspend the right and privilege of a vendor to bid on state purchases when the director has evidence that such vendor has violated any of the provisions of the purchasing law or the rules and regulations of the director;

(9) Examine the provisions and terms of every contract entered into for and on behalf of the State of West Virginia that impose any obligation upon the state to pay any sums of money for commodities or services and approve each such contract as to such provisions and terms; and the duty of examination and approval herein set forth does not supersede the responsibility and duty of the Attorney General to approve such contracts as to form: Provided, That the provisions of this subdivision do not apply in any respect whatever to construction or repair contracts entered into by the Division of Highways of the Department of Transportation: Provided, however, That the provisions of this subdivision do not apply in any respect whatever to contracts entered into by the University of West Virginia Board of Trustees or by the Board of Directors of the State College System, except to the extent that such boards request the facilities and services of the director under the provisions of this subdivision; and

(10) Assure that the specifications and commodity descriptions in all "requests for quotations" are prepared so as to permit all potential suppliers-vendors who can meet the requirements of the state an opportunity to bid and to assure that the specifications and descriptions do not favor a particular brand or vendor. If the director determines that any such specifications or descriptions as written favor a particular brand or vendor or if it is decided, either before or after the bids are opened, that a commodity having different specifications or quality or in different quantity can be bought, the director may rewrite the "requests for quotations" and the matter shall be rebid.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 4 §5A-3-4. Rules of director.
(a) The director shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to:

(1) Authorize a spending unit to purchase specified commodities directly and prescribe the manner in which such purchases shall be made;

(2) Authorize, in writing, a spending unit to purchase commodities in the open market for immediate delivery in emergencies, defines emergencies and prescribe the manner in which such purchases shall be made and reported to the director;

(3) Prescribe the manner in which commodities shall be purchased, delivered, stored and distributed;

(4) Prescribe the time for making requisitions and estimates of commodities, the future period which they are to cover, the form in which they shall be submitted and the manner of their authentication;

(5) Prescribe the manner of inspecting all deliveries of commodities, and making chemical and physical tests of samples submitted with bids and samples of deliveries to determine compliance with specifications;

(6) Prescribe the amount and type of deposit or bond to be submitted with a bid or contract and the amount of deposit or bond to be given for the faithful performance of a contract;

(7) Prescribe a system whereby the director shall be required, upon the payment by a vendor of an annual fee established by the director, to give notice to such vendor of all bid solicitations for commodities of the type with respect to which such vendor specified notice was to be given, but no such fee shall exceed the cost of giving the notice to such vendor, nor shall such fee exceed the sum of $125 per fiscal year nor shall such fee be charged to persons seeking only reimbursement from a spending unit;

(8) Prescribe that each state contract entered into by the Purchasing Division shall contain provisions for liquidated damages, remedies or provisions for the determination of the amount or amounts which the vendor shall owe as damages, in the event of default under such contract by such vendor, as determined by the director;

(9) Prescribe contract management procedures for all state contracts except government construction contracts including, but not limited to, those set forth in article twenty-two, chapter five of this code;

(10) Prescribe procedures by which oversight is provided to actively monitor spending unit purchases, including, but not limited to, all technology and software commodities and contractual services exceeding $1 million, approval of change orders and final acceptance by the spending units;

(11) Prescribe that each state contract entered into by the Purchasing Division contain provisions for the cancellation of the contract upon thirty days' notice to the vendor;

(12) Prescribe procedures for selling surplus commodities to the highest bidder by means of an Internet auction site;

(13) Provide such other matters as may be necessary to give effect to the foregoing rules and the provisions of this article; and

(14) Prescribe procedures for encumbering purchase orders to ensure that the proper account may be encumbered before sending purchase orders to vendors.

(b) The director shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to prescribe qualifications to be met by any person who is to be employed in the Purchasing Division as a state buyer. The rules must provide that a person may not be employed as a state buyer unless he or she at the time of employment either is:

(1) A graduate of an accredited college or university; or

(2) Has at least four years' experience in purchasing for any unit of government or for any business, commercial or industrial enterprise.

Persons serving as state buyers are subject to the provisions of article six, chapter twenty-nine of this code.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 5 §5A-3-5. Purchasing section standard specifications - Promulgation and adoption by director; applicable to all purchases.
The director shall promulgate and adopt standard specifications based on scientific and technical data for appropriate commodities, which shall establish the quality to which commodities to be purchased and services to be contracted for by the state must conform. Standard specifications shall apply to every future purchase of or contract for the commodities described in the specifications and shall include information relating to the cost of maintenance and expected life of the commodity if the director determines there are nationally accepted industry standards for the commodity. No purchases by any spending unit may be exempt from compliance with the standard specifications so established, but the director may exempt the purchase of particular items from the standard specifications if it is considered necessary and advisable. The director shall update the standard specifications, as necessary.

WVC 5A-3-6 §5A-3-6. Purchasing section standard specifications -- Advisers from spending units.
The secretary may from time to time request any official or employee of any spending unit to aid and advise the director in formulating, revising or amending the schedule of standard specifications provided for in section five of this article. Such official or employee shall act at the request of the secretary and shall be entitled to receive his necessary expenses incurred in compliance therewith, but shall receive no additional compensation therefor.

WVC 5A-3-7 §5A-3-7. Director to advise with heads of state and other institutions producing commodities, services and printing.
The director shall advise with the heads of the various state and other institutions producing commodities, services and printing, with the view to making these articles suitable for the needs of state spending units. Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, in the event of conflict between state and other institutions producing commodities, services and printing with preference in accordance with the code, the director shall determine which institution shall provide a commodity, service or printing, basing such determination on quality, price and the efficient and economical operation of state government.

WVC 5A-3-8 §5A-3-8. Facilities of division available to local governmental bodies.
The director shall make available the facilities and services of his division to counties, county schools, municipalities, urban mass transportation authorities, created pursuant to article twenty-seven, chapter eight of this code, mass transportation divisions of county and municipal governments, volunteer fire departments, and other local governmental bodies within this state. The actual expenses incurred thereby shall be paid by the local governmental body.

WVC 5A-3-9 §5A-3-9. Examination and testing of purchases; report required.
Within the limit of funds available, the director, or some person appointed by the director, shall determine whether commodities delivered or services performed conform to contractual requirements. Nonconformity shall be reported to the director and chief officer of the spending unit purchasing such commodities or services for remedial action.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 9 A §5A-3-9a. Creation of a fund.
The "Vendor Registration Payment Fund" is hereby redesignated and continued as the "Vendor Fee Fund," and the balance remaining upon the effective date of this section shall remain upon redesignation. Moneys deposited in this fund shall be administered by the purchasing division and used for the purposes established in this article. Expenditures are to be made only in accordance with appropriation by the Legislature and in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon the fulfillment of the provisions of article two, chapter eleven-b of this code: Provided, That for the fiscal year beginning the first day of July, two thousand six, expenditures are authorized from deposits rather than pursuant to appropriations by the Legislature.

Amounts collected which are found from time to time to exceed the funds needed for purposes set forth in this article may be transferred to other accounts or funds and used for other purposes by appropriation of the Legislature.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 10 §5A-3-10. Competitive bids; publication of solicitations for sealed bids; purchase of products of nonprofit workshops; employee to assist in dealings with nonprofit workshops.
(a) A purchase of and contract for commodities, printing and services shall be based, whenever possible, on competitive bids.

(b) The director shall solicit sealed bids for the purchase of commodities and printing which is estimated to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars. No spending unit shall issue a series of requisitions or divide or plan procurements to circumvent this twenty-five thousand dollar threshold or otherwise avoid the use of sealed bids. Any spending unit which awards multiple contracts for the same or similar commodity or service to an individual vendor over any twelve-month period, the total value of which exceeds twenty-five thousand dollars, shall file copies of all contracts awarded to the vendor within the twelve preceding months with the director immediately upon exceeding the twenty-five thousand dollar limit, along with a statement explaining how the multiple contract awards do not circumvent the twenty-five thousand dollar threshold. If the spending unit does not immediately report to the director, the director may suspend the purchasing authority of the spending unit until the spending unit complies with the reporting requirement of this subsection. The director may conduct a review of any spending unit to ensure compliance with this subsection. Following a review, the director shall complete a report summarizing his or her findings and forward the report to the spending unit. In addition, the director shall report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance on the first day of January and July of each year the spending units which have reported under this subsection and the findings of the director.

(c) The director may permit bids by electronic transmission to be accepted in lieu of sealed bids.

(d) Bids shall be solicited by public notice. The notice may be published by any advertising medium the director deems advisable. The director may also solicit sealed bids by sending requests by mail or electronic transmission to prospective vendors.

(e) The director shall, without competitive bidding, purchase commodities and services produced and offered for sale by nonprofit workshops, as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, which are located in this state: Provided, That such commodities and services shall be of a fair market price and of like quality comparable to other commodities and services otherwise available as determined by the director with the advice of the committee on the purchase of commodities and services from the handicapped.

To encourage contracts for commodities and services with nonprofit workshops, the director shall employ a person whose responsibilities in addition to other duties shall be to identify all commodities and services available for purchase from nonprofit workshops, to evaluate the need of the state for commodities and services to coordinate the various nonprofit workshops in their production efforts and to make available to such workshops information about available opportunities within state government for purchase of commodities or services which might be produced and sold by such workshops. Funds to employ such a person shall be included annually in the budget.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 10 A §5A-3-10a. Prohibition for awarding contracts to vendors which owe a debt to the state or its political subdivisions.
(a) Unless the context clearly requires a different meaning, for the purposes of this section, the terms:

(1) "Debt" means any assessment, premium, penalty, fine, tax or other amount of money owed to the state or any of its political subdivisions because of a judgment, fine, permit violation, license assessment, amounts owed to the Workers' Compensation Funds as defined in article two-c, chapter twenty-three of this code, penalty or other assessment or surcharge presently delinquent or due and required to be paid to the state or any of its political subdivisions, including any interest or additional penalties accrued thereon.

(2) "Debtor" means any individual, corporation, partnership, association, limited liability company or any other form or business association owing a debt to the state or any of its political subdivisions, and includes any person or entity that is in employer default.

(3) "Employer default" means having an outstanding balance or liability to the old fund or to the uninsured employers' fund or being in policy default, as defined in section two, article two-c, chapter twenty-three, of this code, failure to maintain mandatory workers' compensation coverage, or failure to fully meet its obligations as a workers' compensation self-insured employer. An employer is not in employer default if it has entered into a repayment agreement with the Insurance Commissioner and remains in compliance with the obligations under the repayment agreement.

(4) "Political subdivision" means any county commission; municipality; county board of education; any instrumentality established by a county or municipality; any separate corporation or instrumentality established by one or more counties or municipalities, as permitted by law; or any public body charged by law with the performance of a government function and whose jurisdiction is coextensive with one or more counties or municipalities.

(5) "Related party" means a party, whether an individual, corporation, partnership, association, limited liability company or any other form or business association or other entity whatsoever, related to any vendor by blood, marriage, ownership or contract through which the party has a relationship of ownership or other interest with the vendor so that the party will actually or by effect receive or control a portion of the benefit, profit or other consideration from performance of a vendor contract with the party receiving an amount that meets or exceeds five percent of the total contract amount.

(b) No contract or renewal of any contract may be awarded by the state or any of its political subdivisions to any vendor or prospective vendor when the vendor or prospective vendor or a related party to the vendor or prospective vendor is a debtor and:

(1) The debt owed is an amount greater than one thousand dollars in the aggregate; or

(2) The debtor is in employer default.

(c) The prohibition of this section does not apply where a vendor has contested any tax administered pursuant to chapter eleven of this code, amount owed to the Workers' Compensation Funds as defined in article two-c, chapter twenty-three of this code, permit fee or environmental fee or assessment and the matter has not become final or where the vendor has entered into a payment plan or agreement and the vendor is not in default of any of the provisions of such plan or agreement.

(d) All bids, contract proposals or contracts with the state or any of its political subdivisions submitted or approved under the provisions of this code shall include an affidavit that the vendor, prospective vendor or a related party to the vendor or prospective vendor is not in employer default and does not owe any debt in an amount in excess of one thousand dollars or, if a debt is owed, that the provisions of subsection (c) of this section apply.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 10 B §5A-3-10b. Best value procurement.
(a) The director may utilize best value procurement to enter into a contract when he or she determines in writing that it is advantageous to the state.

(b) A solicitation for bids under best value procurement shall be made in the same manner as provided in section ten of this article.

(c) Best value procurement awards shall be based on criteria set forth in the solicitation including, but not limited to, price, the total cost of acquiring, operating, maintaining and supporting a commodity or service over its projected lifetime, the evaluated technical merit of the bidder's bid or proposal, the bidder's past performance, and the evaluated probability of performing the requirements stated in the solicitation on time, with high quality, and in a manner that accomplishes the business objectives set forth in the solicitation.

(d) The award must be made to the highest scoring responsive and responsible bidder whose bid is determined, in writing, to be most advantageous to the state, taking into consideration all evaluation factors set forth in the best value solicitation.

(e) The director may not use best value procurement to enter into government construction contracts, including, but not limited to, those set forth in article twenty-two, chapter five of this code.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 10 C §5A-3-10c. Sole source procurement.
The director may award a contract without advertisement or competition if he or she determines in writing that there is only one source for the required commodity or service. The director may require the submission of cost or pricing data in connection with an award under this section. Prior to an award under this section, the spending unit requesting the procurement shall provide written documentation to the director setting forth the basis for the sole source procurement and the specific efforts made to determine the availability of other sources. Prior to a final determination by the director, the registered vendors will be notified of the commodity or service being sought and the vendors will be provided an opportunity to indicate an interest in bidding on such a commodity or service, to establish whether the commodity or service is, in fact, available only from a sole source. On an annual basis, the director shall report the spending units who have determined a sole source for their commodities or services, the type of commodity or service and the determination made by the director.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 11 §5A-3-11. Purchasing in open market on competitive bids; debarment; bids to be based on written specifications; period for alteration or withdrawal of bids; awards to lowest responsible bidder; uniform bids; record of bids; requirements of vendors to pay taxes, fees and debts; and exception.
(a) The director may make a purchase of commodities, printing, and services of twenty-five thousand dollars or less in amount in the open market, but the purchase shall, wherever possible, be based on at least three competitive bids, and shall include the cost of maintenance and expected life of the commodities if the director determines there are nationally accepted industry standards for the commodities being purchased.

(b) The director may authorize spending units to purchase commodities, printing and services in the amount of two thousand five hundred dollars or less in the open market without competitive bids: Provided, That the cost of maintenance and expected life of the commodities must be taken into consideration if the director determines there are nationally accepted industry standards for the commodities being.

(c) Bids shall be based on the written specifications in the advertised bid request and may not be altered or withdrawn after the appointed hour for the opening of the bids.

(d) A vendor who has been debarred pursuant to the provisions of sections thirty-three-a through thirty-three-f, article three, chapter five-a of this code, may not bid on or be awarded a contract under this section.

(e) All open market orders, purchases based on advertised bid requests or contracts made by the director or by a state department shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder or bidders, taking into consideration the qualities of the commodities or services to be supplied, their conformity with specifications, their suitability to the requirements of the government, the delivery terms and, if the director determines there are nationally accepted industry standards, cost of maintenance and the expected life of the commodities: Provided, That state bids on school buses shall be accepted from all bidders who shall then be awarded contracts if they meet the state board's "Minimum Standards for Design and Equipment of School Buses." County boards of education may select from those bidders who have been awarded contracts and shall pay the difference between the state aid formula amount and the actual cost of bus replacement. Any or all bids may be rejected.

(f) If all bids received on a pending contract are for the same unit price or total amount, the director has the authority to reject all bids, and to purchase the required commodities, printing and services in the open market, if the price paid in the open market does not exceed the bid prices.

(g) The bid must be received by the Purchasing Division prior to the specified date and time of the bid opening. The failure to deliver or the nonreceipt of the bid by the Purchasing Division prior to the appointed date and hour shall result in the rejection of the bid. The vendor is solely responsible for the receipt of bid by the Purchasing Division prior to the appointed date and hour of the bid opening. All bids will be opened publicly by two or more persons from the Purchasing Division. Vendors will be given notice of the day, time and place of the public bid opening. Bids may be viewed immediately after being opened.

(h) After the award of the order or contract, the director, or someone appointed by him or her for that purpose, shall indicate upon the successful bid that it was the successful bid. Thereafter, the copy of each bid in the possession of the director shall be maintained as a public record, shall be open to public inspection in the office of the director and may not be destroyed without the written consent of the Legislative Auditor.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 11 A §5A-3-11a. Negotiation when all bids exceed budget in requisition.
(a) Spending units shall include the maximum budgeted amount available for each purchase in a requisition submitted to the Purchasing Division. No person may disclose this maximum budgeted amount to any vendor prior to the award of a contract. If all bids submitted pursuant to a solicitation exceed the funds available for the purchase, then a negotiated award may be made as set forth in this section.

(1) If the director determines in writing that there is only one responsive and responsible bidder, he or she may negotiate the price for a noncompetitive award or the specifications for a noncompetitive award based solely on the original purpose of the solicitation.

(2) If the Purchasing Division solicits bids with a request for quotation and there is more than one bidder, the director may negotiate with bidders determined in writing to be responsive and responsible, based on criteria contained in the bid invitation: Provided, That the director must negotiate first with the lowest bidder. If the director does not award the bid to the lowest bidder, he or she may close negotiations with that bidder and enter into negotiations with the next lowest bidder, and may continue to do so in like manner with the remaining responsive and responsible bidders. The director may not extend an offer to any bidder that is not first extended to the prior bidders in order of rank.

(3) If the Purchasing Division solicits bids utilizing a best value procurement, as set forth in section ten-b of this section, and there is more than one bidder, the director may negotiate with bidders determined in writing to be responsive and responsible, based on criteria contained in the bid invitation: Provided, That the director must negotiate first with the highest scoring bidder. If the director does not award the bid to the highest scoring bidder, he or she may close negotiations with that bidder and enter into negotiations with the next highest scoring bidder, and may continue to do so in like manner with the remaining responsive and responsible bidders. The director may not extend an offer to any bidder that is not first extended to the prior bidders in order of rank.

(b) After negotiations occur pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, if the director determines that more than fifteen percent of the value of the bid must be renegotiated by revising the specifications of the original solicitation, only a resolicitation may be initiated or the solicitation may be withdrawn.

(c) The director may not renegotiate with any bidder after closing negotiations with that bidder and entering into negotiations with the next bidder.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 11 B §5A-3-11b. Discussion and final offers.
(a) As provided in the bid solicitation, the director may conduct discussions with, and obtain best and final offers from, responsive and responsible bidders who submit proposals determined to be reasonably susceptible of being selected for award for the purpose of clarification to assure full understanding of, and responsiveness to, the solicitation requirements. Bidders must be accorded fair and equal treatment with respect to any opportunity for discussion and revision of proposals, and revisions may be permitted after submissions and prior to award for the purpose of obtaining best and final offers. In conducting discussions, there may be no disclosure of any information derived from proposals submitted by competing bidders.

(b) The following contracts are exempt from this section:

(1) Government construction contracts, including, but not limited to, those set forth in article twenty-two, chapter five of this code; and

(2) The purchase of supplies and material.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 11 C §5A-3-11c. Multiple awards.
The director may elect to award a contract to one or more responsive and responsible bidders if the director determines in writing that a single award to an individual bidder would be insufficient: Provided, That the basis for the selection among multiple contracts at the time of purchase shall be the most practical and economical alternative and shall be in the best interests of the state.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 12 §5A-3-12. Prequalification disclosure and payment of annual fee by vendors required; form and contents; register of vendors; false certificates; penalties.
(a) The director may not accept any bid received from any vendor unless the vendor has paid the annual fee specified in section four of this article and has filed with the director a certificate of the vendor or the certificate of a member of the vendor's firm or, if the vendor is a corporation, the certificate of an officer, director or managing agent of the corporation, disclosing the following information:

(1) If the vendor is an individual, his or her name and city and state of residence and business address, and, if he or she has associates or partners sharing in his business, their names and city and state of residence and business addresses;

(2) If the vendor is a firm, the name and city and state of residence and business address of each member, partner or associate of the firm;

(3) If the vendor is a corporation created under the laws of this state or authorized to do business in this state, the name and business address of the corporation; the names and city and state of residence and business addresses of the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and general manager, if any, of the corporation; and the names and city and state of residence and business addresses of each stockholder of the corporation owning or holding at least ten percent of the capital stock thereof;

(4) A statement of whether the vendor is acting as agent for some other individual, firm or corporation, and if so, a statement of the principal authorizing the representation shall be attached to the certificate or whether the vendor is doing business as another entity;

(5) The vendor's latest Dun & Bradstreet number and rating, if there is any rating as to the vendor;

(6) A list of one or more banking institutions, if such institution is available, to serve as references for the vendor; and

(7) The vendor's tax identification number.

(b) Whenever a change occurs in the information submitted as required, the change shall be reported immediately in the same manner as required in the original disclosure certificate.

(c) The certificate and information received by the director shall be public record.

(d) The director may waive the above requirements in the case of any corporation listed on any nationally recognized stock exchange and in the case of any vendor who or which is the sole source for the commodity in question.

(e) Any person who submits a false certificate or who knowingly files or causes to be filed with the director, a certificate containing a false statement of a material fact or omitting any material fact, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $1,000, and, in the discretion of the court, confined in jail not more than one year. An individual convicted of a misdemeanor under this subsection may never hold an office of honor, trust or profit in this state, or serve as a juror.

WVC 5A-3-13 §5A-3-13. Contracts to be approved as to form; filing.
Contracts shall be approved as to form by the attorney general. A contract that requires more than six months for its fulfillment shall be filed with the state auditor.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 14 §5A-3-14.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch 169. WVC 5A-3-14a §5A-3-14a.
Repealed.

Acts, 1990 Reg. Sess., Ch. 2.

WVC 5A-3-15 §5A-3-15. Emergency purchases in open market.
The director may authorize, in writing, a state spending unit to purchase in the open market, without filing requisition or estimate, specific commodities for immediate delivery to meet bona fide emergencies arising from unforeseen causes, including delays by contractors, delays in transportation and unanticipated volume of work. A report of any such purchase, together with a record of the competitive bids upon which it was based, shall be submitted at once to the director by the head of the state spending unit concerned, together with a full account of the circumstances of the emergency: Provided, That the director may waive the need for the record of competitive bids. Such report shall be entered on a record and shall be open to public inspection.

WVC 5A-3-16 §5A-3-16. Special fund; purposes; how composed.
There is hereby created a special revenue fund to be administered by the director to facilitate the following functions of the director:

(1) Purchase commodities in volume and maintain stocks to supply the needs of state spending units; and

(2) Performance of mimeographing, photostating, microfilming, multilithing, multigraphing and other work needed by spending units as provided by section twenty-seven of this article.

The amount of the fund may be fixed and changed by the governor upon the recommendation of the secretary. If at the end of each fiscal year the cash balance plus value of commodity inventories on hand exceeds the amount so fixed, the excess in cash shall be transferred by the governor upon recommendation of the secretary to the general revenue fund and become a part of the general revenue of the state. The fund shall be composed of the following:

(1) The cash balance and inventories of the fund heretofore established by this section; and

(2) Charges made by the director for commodities sold and services rendered to the state spending units as herein described: Provided, That charges shall not exceed total cost to the fund, which total cost shall include storage, supplies, equipment and salaries and wages of employees necessary to supply commodities and services in addition to purchase price of commodities.

WVC 5A-3-17 §5A-3-17. Purchases or contracts violating article void; personal liability.
If a spending unit purchases or contracts for commodities contrary to the provisions of this article or the rules and regulations made thereunder, such purchase or contract shall be void and of no effect. The head of such spending unit shall be personally liable for the costs of such purchase or contract, and, if already paid out of state funds, the amount thereof may be recovered in the name of the state in an appropriate action instituted therefor.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 18 §5A-3-18. Substituting for commodity bearing particular trade name or brand.
If a spending unit requests the purchase of a commodity bearing a particular trade name or brand, the director may substitute a commodity bearing a different trade name or brand, if the substituted commodity reasonably conforms to the adopted standard specifications and can be obtained at an equal or lower price.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 19 §5A-3-19. Purchases from federal government and other sources.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the director may, upon the recommendation of a state spending unit, participate in, sponsor, conduct, or administer a cooperative purchasing agreement or consortium for the purchase of commodities or services with agencies of the federal government, agencies of other states, other public bodies or other state agencies, if available and financially advantageous. At the discretion of the director, bids may be solicited to determine whether participation in such a cooperative purchasing agreement or consortium is financially advantageous.

(b) The Department of Administration may approve administrative fees, not to exceed the amount of fifty thousand dollars, necessary to participate in a cooperative purchasing agreement. Fees which exceed fifty thousand dollars are subject to the competitive bid requirements of this article.

WVC 5A-3-20 §5A-3-20. Spending units to submit lists of expendable commodities.
The head of every spending unit shall submit a list of expendable commodities such spending unit has on hand whenever requested to do so by the director.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 21 §5A-3-21.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 22 §5A-3-22.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 23 §5A-3-23.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 24 §5A-3-24.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 25 §5A-3-25.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 26 §5A-3-26.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 132. WVC 5 A- 3 - 27 §5A-3-27.
Repealed.

Acts, 2008 Reg. Sess., Ch. 4.

WVC 5A-3-28 §5A-3-28. Financial interest of secretary, etc.; receiving reward from interested party; penalty; application of bribery statute.
Neither the secretary, nor the director nor any employee of the division of purchasing, shall be financially interested, or have any beneficial personal interest, directly or indirectly, in the purchase of any commodities or printing, nor in any firm, partnership, corporation or association furnishing them. Neither the secretary, nor the director nor any employee of the division of purchasing shall accept or receive directly or indirectly from any person, firm or corporation, known by such secretary, director or employee to be interested in any bid, contract or purchase, by rebate, gift or otherwise, any money or other thing of value whatsoever, or any promise, obligation or contract for future reward, or compensation.

A person who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail not less than three months nor more than one year, or fined not less than fifty nor more than one thousand dollars, or both, in the discretion of the court: Provided, That any person who violates any of the provisions of the last sentence of the first paragraph of this section under circumstances constituting the crime of bribery under the provisions of section three, article five-a, chapter sixty-one of this code, shall, upon conviction of bribery, be punished as provided in said article five-a.

WVC 5A-3-29 §5A-3-29. Penalty for violation of article.
Any person who violates a provision of this article, except where another penalty is prescribed, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail not less than ten days nor more than one year, or fined not less than ten nor more than five hundred dollars, or both, in the discretion of the court.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 30 §5A-3-30. Statement of purpose; obtaining money and property under false pretenses or by fraud from the state or a political subdivision of the state; penalties; definition.
(a) The Legislature of the state of West Virginia hereby declares that the purpose of this statute is to promote equal and fair bidding for the purchase of commodities by the state and any political subdivision of the state purchasing commodities under any state contract; to eliminate fraud in the procurement of commodities by the state.

(b) It is unlawful for any person to obtain any money, goods or other property from the state or any political subdivision of the state under any contract made under the provisions of this article, by false pretense, token or representation, or by delivery of inferior commodities, with intent to defraud. A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than five years, and shall be fined not exceeding one thousand dollars.

(c) It shall not be a defense to a charge under this section that (1) the commodities purchased were accepted and used, or are being used, by the state or a political subdivision of the state, or (2) the commodities are functional or suitable for the purpose for which the commodities were purchased by the state or a political subdivision of the state notwithstanding the standard or specification issued by the purchasing agency or the division of purchasing.

(d) For the purpose of this section, "inferior commodities" includes, but shall not be limited to, (1) any commodity which does not meet the specification or standard issued by the purchasing agency and the division of purchasing, or any change order approved by both the purchasing agency and division of purchasing, and (2) any commodity which is of a lesser quality, quantity, or measure of any kind set forth within the specification or standard issued by the purchasing agency and the division of purchasing.

WVC 5A-3-31 §5A-3-31. Corrupt combinations, collusions or conspiracies prohibited; penalties.
It shall be unlawful for any person to corruptly combine, collude or conspire with one or more other persons with respect to the purchasing or supplying of commodities or printing to the state under the provisions of this article if the purpose or effect of such combination, collusion or conspiracy is either to (1) lessen competition among prospective vendors, or (2) cause the state to pay a higher price for such commodities or printing than would be or would have been paid in the absence of such combination, collusion or conspiracy, or (3) cause one prospective vendor or vendors to be preferred over one or more other prospective vendor or vendors. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years, and be fined not exceeding five thousand dollars.

WVC 5A-3-32 §5A-3-32. Power of director to suspend right to bid; notice of suspension.
The director shall have the power and authority to suspend, for a period not to exceed one year, the right and privilege of a vendor to bid on state purchases when the director has reason to believe that such vendor has violated any of the provisions of the purchasing law or the rules and regulations of the director. Every vendor whose right to bid has been so suspended shall be notified thereof by a letter posted by certified mail containing the reason for such suspension.

WVC 5A-3-33 §5A-3-33. Review of suspension by secretary.
Any vendor whose right to bid on state purchases has been suspended by the director under the authority of the preceding section shall have the right to have the director's action reviewed by the secretary, who shall have the power and authority to set aside such suspension.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 33 A §5A-3-33a.
Repealed.

Acts, 2006 Reg. Sess., Ch. 2.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 33 B §5A-3-33b. Scope.
The provisions of sections thirty-three-a through thirty-three-f of this article govern the debarment of vendors with regard to bids under the following provisions of this code:

(a) Section one, article twenty-two, chapter five, relating to bids for construction contracts by the state and its subdivisions;

(b) Section eleven, article three, chapter five-a, relating to the purchase of supplies and printing by the state;

(c) Section eleven, article one, chapter seven, relating to bids for the purchase of commodities and printing by county commissions;

(d) Sections nineteen and twenty, article four, chapter seventeen, relating to bids for construction and reconstruction of state roads and bridges and the furnishing of materials and supplies therefor;

(e) Article nine-d, chapter eighteen, relating to the awarding of contracts by the school building authority; and

(f) Sections four and five, article five, chapter eighteen-b, relating to expenditures by the governing boards for higher education.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 33 C §5A-3-33c. Duties.
The director has primary responsibility for administering the debarment process. The director's duties include:

(a) Obtaining lists of vendors declared ineligible under federal laws and regulations;

(b) Notification of all contracting officials for the state and its subdivisions regarding debarred vendors;

(c) Compiling and maintaining a current, consolidated list of all vendors that have been debarred or declared ineligible, the period of such debarment, and the reasons therefor;

(d) Investigating complaints about vendors from the officials of the state and its subdivisions responsible for contracting with vendors for supplies and services;

(e) Initiating and conducting debarment procedures;

(f) Proposing rules for legislative approval, pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, for the operation of the debarment process described in the provisions of sections thirty-three-a through thirty-three-f of this article.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 33 D §5A-3-33d. Grounds for debarment.
Grounds for debarment are:

(1) Conviction of an offense involving fraud or a felony offense in connection with obtaining or attempting to obtain a public contract or subcontract;

(2) Conviction of any federal or state antitrust statute relating to the submission of offers;

(3) Conviction of an offense involving embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements or receiving stolen property in connection with the performance of a contract;

(4) Conviction of a felony offense demonstrating a lack of business integrity or business honesty that affects the present responsibility of the vendor or subcontractor;

(5) Default on obligations owed to the state, including, but not limited to, obligations owed to the workers' compensation funds, as defined in article two-c of chapter twenty-three of this code, and obligations under the West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act and West Virginia state tax and revenue laws. For purposes of this subsection, a vendor is in default when, after due notice, the vendor fails to submit a required payment, interest thereon or penalty, and has not entered into a repayment agreement with the appropriate agency of the state or has entered into a repayment agreement but does not remain in compliance with its obligations under the repayment agreement. In the case of a vendor granted protection by order of a federal bankruptcy court or a vendor granted an exemption under any rule of the bureau of employment programs or the Insurance Commission, the director may waive debarment under section thirty-three-f of this article: Provided, That in no event may debarment be waived with respect to any vendor who has not paid all current state obligations for at least the four most recent calendar quarters, excluding the current calendar quarter, or with respect to any vendor who is in default on a repayment agreement with an agency of the state;

(6) The vendor is not in good standing with a licensing board, in that the vendor is not licensed when licensure is required by the law of this state, or the vendor has been found to be in violation of an applicable licensing law after notice, opportunity to be heard and other due process required by law;

(7) The vendor is an active and knowing participant in dividing or planning procurements to circumvent the twenty-five thousand dollar threshold requiring a sealed bid or otherwise avoid the use of a sealed bid; or

(8) Violation of the terms of a public contract or subcontract for:

(A) Willful failure to substantially perform in accordance with the terms of one or more public contracts;

(B) Performance in violation of standards established by law or generally accepted standards of the trade or profession amounting to intentionally deficient or grossly negligent performance on one or more public contracts;

(C) Use of substandard materials on one or more public contracts or defects in construction in one or more public construction projects amounting to intentionally deficient or grossly negligent performance, even if discovery of the defect is subsequent to acceptance of a construction project and expiration of any warranty thereunder;

(D) A repeated pattern or practice of failure to perform so serious and compelling as to justify debarment; or

(E) Any other cause of a serious and compelling nature amounting to knowing and willful misconduct of the vendor that demonstrates a wanton indifference to the interests of the public and that caused, or that had a substantial likelihood of causing, serious harm to the public.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 33 E §5A-3-33e. Debarment procedure.
(a) The director shall obtain lists of vendors declared ineligible under federal laws and regulation and lists of vendors who are in default on state obligations, and shall initiate debarment proceedings with respect to such vendors, except when good cause is shown which includes evidence that the vendor has become responsible.

(1) In the case of federal ineligibility restrictions applicable to state agencies, the director shall also notify the appropriate agencies of any ineligibility determined under federal authority.

(2) The director may also initiate debarment proceedings if he or she finds probable cause for debarment for any ground set forth in section thirty-three-d of this article.

(3) The director shall initiate debarment proceedings when any state agency requests debarment of a vendor and the director finds that probable cause for debarment exists.

(b) The director shall notify the vendor by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the following:

(1) The reasons for the proposed debarment in sufficient detail to put the vendor on notice of the conduct or transactions upon which the proposed debarment is based;

(2) The causes relied upon for the proposed debarment;

(3) That within thirty working days after receipt of the notice, the vendor may submit in writing information and argument in opposition to the proposed debarment;

(4) The procedures governing debarment decision-making; and

(5) The potential effect of the proposed debarment.

(c) In the event a vendor wishes to contest the debarment decision, the director shall decide the matter in accordance with the provisions of article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

(d) In any debarment decision, the director shall make a specific finding, based on the substantial record, whether the public interest requires that the debarment decision extend to all commodities and services of the vendor, or whether the public interest allows the debarment decision to be limited to specific commodities or services.

(e) In any debarment decision, the director shall specify the length of the debarment period. The debarment period must be for the period of time that the director finds necessary and proper to protect the public from an irresponsible vendor.

(f) Proof of grounds for debarment must be clear and convincing.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 33 F §5A-3-33f. Effects of debarment.
(a) Unless the director determines in writing that there is a compelling reason to do otherwise, the state and its subdivisions may not solicit offers from, award contracts to, or consent to subcontract with a debarred vendor during the debarment period.

(b) The contracting officer may not exercise an option to renew or otherwise extend a current contract with a debarred vendor, or a contract which is being performed in any part by a debarred subcontractor, unless the director approves the action in writing, based on compelling reasons for exercise of the option or extension.

(c) The debarment decision may extend to all commodities and services of the vendor, or may be limited to specific commodities or services, as the director specifically finds, in the debarment procedure under section thirty-three-e of this article, to be in the public interest based on the substantial record.

(d) The director may extend the debarment to include an affiliate of the vendor upon proof necessary to pierce the corporate veil at common law. The director shall follow the same procedure, and afford the affiliate like notice, hearing and other rights, for extending the debarment to the affiliate as provided for under section thirty-three-e for the debarment of the vendor.

(e) The director may reduce the period or extent of debarment, upon the vendor's request supported by documentation, for the following reasons:

(1) Newly discovered material evidence;

(2) Reversal of the conviction or judgment upon which debarment was based;

(3) Elimination of the causes for which the debarment was imposed; or

(4) Other good cause shown, including evidence that the vendor has become responsible.

(f) The director may extend the debarment period for an additional period if the director determines that the extension is necessary to protect the interests of the state. Upon the expiration of a debarment period, the director shall extend the debarment period for any vendor who has not paid all current state obligations for at least the four most recent calendar quarters, exempting the current calendar quarter, and for any vendor who is in default on a repayment agreement with an agency of the state, until such time as the cause for the extended debarment is removed. If the director extends the debarment period, the director shall follow the same procedures, and afford the vendor like notice, hearing and other rights for extending the debarment, as provided for debarment under section thirty-three-e of this article.

(g) A debarment under this article may be waived by the director with respect to a particular contract if the director determines the debarment of the vendor would severely disrupt the operation of a governmental entity to the detriment of the general public or would not be in the public interest.

WVC 5A-3-34 §5A-3-34. Authority over inventories and property.
The director shall, under the direction and supervision of the secretary, have full authority over inventories and property.

WVC 5A-3-35 §5A-3-35. Submission of annual inventories.
The head of every spending unit of state government shall, on or before the fifteenth day of July of each year, file with the director an inventory of all real and personal property, and of all equipment, supplies and commodities in its possession as of the close of the last fiscal year, as directed by the director.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 36 §5A-3-36. Inventory of removable property.
The director has the power and duty to make and keep current an inventory of all removable property belonging to the state. Such inventory shall be kept on file in the office of the director as a public record. The inventory shall disclose the name and address of the vendor, the date of purchase, the price paid for the property therein described and the disposition thereof.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 37 §5A-3-37. Preference for resident vendors; preference for vendors employing state residents; preference for veteran residents; exceptions.
(a) Effective beginning July 1, 1992, in any instance that a purchase of commodities or printing by the director or by a state department is required under the provisions of this article to be made upon competitive bids, the successful bid shall be determined as provided in this section. The Secretary of the Department of Revenue shall promulgate any rules necessary to: (i) Determine that vendors have met the residence requirements described in this section; (ii) establish the procedure for vendors to certify the residency requirements at the time of submitting their bids; (iii) establish a procedure to audit bids which make a claim for preference permitted by this section and to reject noncomplying bids; and (iv) otherwise accomplish the objectives of this section. In prescribing the rules, the secretary shall use a strict construction of the residence requirements set forth in this section. For purposes of this section, a successful bid shall be determined and accepted as follows:

(1) From an individual resident vendor who has resided in West Virginia continuously for the four years immediately preceding the date on which the bid is submitted or from a partnership, association, corporation resident vendor, or from a corporation nonresident vendor which has an affiliate or subsidiary which employs a minimum of one hundred state residents and which has maintained its headquarters or principal place of business within West Virginia continuously for four years immediately preceding the date on which the bid is submitted, if the vendor's bid does not exceed the lowest qualified bid from a nonresident vendor by more than two and one-half percent of the latter bid, and if the vendor has made written claim for the preference at the time the bid was submitted: Provided, That for purposes of this subdivision, any partnership, association or corporation resident vendor of this state, which does not meet the requirements of this subdivision solely because of the continuous four-year residence requirement, shall be considered to meet the requirement if at least eighty percent of the ownership interest of the resident vendor is held by another individual, partnership, association or corporation resident vendor who otherwise meets the requirements of this subdivision, including the continuous four-year residency requirement: Provided, however, That the Secretary of the Department of Revenue shall promulgate rules relating to attribution of ownership among several resident vendors for purposes of determining the eighty percent ownership requirement; or

(2) From a resident vendor, if, for purposes of producing or distributing the commodities or completing the project which is the subject of the vendor's bid and continuously over the entire term of the project, on average at least seventy-five percent of the vendor's employees are residents of West Virginia who have resided in the state continuously for the two immediately preceding years, and the vendor's bid does not exceed the lowest qualified bid from a nonresident vendor by more than two and one-half percent of the latter bid, and if the vendor has certified the residency requirements of this subdivision and made written claim for the preference, at the time the bid was submitted; or

(3) From a nonresident vendor, which employs a minimum of one hundred state residents or a nonresident vendor which has an affiliate or subsidiary which maintains its headquarters or principal place of business within West Virginia and which employs a minimum of one hundred state residents, if, for purposes of producing or distributing the commodities or completing the project which is the subject of the vendor's bid and continuously over the entire term of the project, on average at least seventy-five percent of the vendor's employees or the vendor's affiliate's or subsidiary's employees are residents of West Virginia who have resided in the state continuously for the two immediately preceding years and the vendor's bid does not exceed the lowest qualified bid from a nonresident vendor by more than two and one-half percent of the latter bid, and if the vendor has certified the residency requirements of this subdivision and made written claim for the preference, at the time the bid was submitted; or

(4) From a vendor who meets either the requirements of both subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection or subdivisions (1) and (3) of this subsection, if the bid does not exceed the lowest qualified bid from a nonresident vendor by more than five percent of the latter bid, and if the vendor has certified the residency requirements above and made written claim for the preference at the time the bid was submitted; or

(5) From an individual resident vendor who is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, the Reserves or the National Guard and has resided in West Virginia continuously for the four years immediately preceding the date on which the bid is submitted, if the vendor's bid does not exceed the lowest qualified bid from a nonresident vendor by more than three and one-half percent of the latter bid, and if the vendor has made written claim for the preference at the time the bid was submitted; or

(6) From a resident vendor who is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, the Reserves or the National Guard, if, for purposes of producing or distributing the commodities or completing the project which is the subject of the vendor's bid and continuously over the entire term of the project, on average at least seventy-five percent of the vendor's employees are residents of West Virginia who have resided in the state continuously for the two immediately preceding years and the vendor's bid does not exceed the lowest qualified bid from a nonresident vendor by more than three and one-half percent of the latter bid, and if the vendor has certified the residency requirements of this subdivision and made written claim for the preference, at the time the bid was submitted; or

(7) Notwithstanding any provisions of subdivisions (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) or (6) of this subsection to the contrary, if any nonresident vendor that is bidding on the purchase of commodities or printing by the director or by a state department is also certified as a small, women or minority-owned business pursuant to section fifty-nine of this article, the nonresident vendor shall be provided the same preference made available to any resident vendor under the provisions of this subsection.

(b) If the Secretary of the Department of Revenue determines under any audit procedure that a vendor who received a preference under this section fails to continue to meet the requirements for the preference at any time during the term of the project for which the preference was received the secretary may: (1) Reject the vendor's bid; or (2) assess a penalty against the vendor of not more than five percent of the vendor's bid on the project.

(c) Political subdivisions of the state including county boards of education may grant the same preferences to any vendor of this state who has made a written claim for the preference at the time a bid is submitted, but for the purposes of this subsection, in determining the lowest bid, any political subdivision shall exclude from the bid the amount of business occupation taxes which must be paid by a resident vendor to any municipality within the county comprising or located within the political subdivision as a result of being awarded the contract which is the object of the bid; in the case of a bid received by a municipality, the municipality shall exclude only the business and occupation taxes as will be paid to the municipality: Provided, That prior to soliciting any competitive bids, any political subdivision may, by majority vote of all its members in a public meeting where all the votes are recorded, elect not to exclude from the bid the amount of business and occupation taxes as provided in this subsection.

(d) If any of the requirements or provisions set forth in this section jeopardize the receipt of federal funds, then the requirement or provisions are void and of no force and effect for that specific project.

(e) If any provision or clause of this section or application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this section which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this section are severable.

(f) This section may be cited as the "Jobs for West Virginians Act of 1990."

WVC 5 A- 3 - 37 A §5A-3-37a.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 38 §5A-3-38.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 39 §5A-3-39.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 40 §5A-3-40.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 40 A §5A-3-40a.
Repealed.

Acts, 2007 Reg. Sess., Ch. 214.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 41 §5A-3-41.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 42 §5A-3-42.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5A-3-43 §5A-3-43. State agency for surplus property created.
There is hereby established within the purchasing division and under the supervision of the director of the purchasing division the state agency for surplus property.

WVC 5A-3-44 §5A-3-44. Authority and duties of state agency for surplus property.
(a) The state agency for surplus property is hereby authorized and empowered (1) to acquire from the United States of America such property, including equipment, materials, books or other supplies under the control of any department or agency of the United States of America as may be usable and necessary for educational, fire protection and prevention, rescue, or public health purposes, including research; (2) to warehouse property acquired; and (3) to distribute the property to tax-supported medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, fire departments, rescue squads, health centers, school systems, schools, colleges and universities within the state, and to other nonprofit medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, volunteer fire departments, volunteer rescue squads, health centers, schools, colleges and universities within the state which have been held exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

(b) For the purpose of executing its authority under this article, the state agency for surplus property is authorized and empowered to adopt, amend or rescind rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary, and take other action necessary and suitable in the administration of this article, including the enactment and promulgation of rules and regulations necessary to bring this article and its administration into conformity with any federal statutes or rules and regulations promulgated under federal statutes for the acquisition and disposition of surplus property.

(c) The state agency for surplus property is authorized and empowered to appoint advisory boards or committees necessary to the end that this article and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder conform with federal statutes and rules and regulations promulgated under federal statutes for the acquisition and disposition of surplus property.

(d) The state agency for surplus property is authorized and empowered to take action, make expenditures and enter into contracts, agreements and undertakings for and in the name of the state, require reports, and make investigations as may be required by law or regulation of the United States of America in connection with the receipt, warehousing and distribution of property received by the state agency for surplus property from the United States of America.

(e) The state agency for surplus property is authorized and empowered to act as a clearinghouse of information for the public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies referred to in subsection (a) of this section, to locate property available for acquisition from the United States of America, to ascertain the terms and conditions under which the property may be obtained, to receive requests from the above-mentioned institutions and agencies and to transmit to them all available information in reference to the property, and to aid and assist the institutions and agencies in every way possible in the consummation or acquisition of transactions hereunder.

(f) The state agency for surplus property shall cooperate to the fullest extent consistent with the provisions of this article, with the departments or agencies of the United States of America and shall make reports in the form and containing the information the United States of America or any of its departments or agencies may from time to time require, and it shall comply with the laws of the United States of America and the rules and regulations of any of the departments or agencies of the United States of America governing the allocation, transfer, use or accounting for property donable or donated to the state.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 45 §5A-3-45. Disposition of surplus state property; semiannual report; application of proceeds from sale.
(a) The state agency for surplus property has the exclusive power and authority to make disposition of commodities or expendable commodities now owned or in the future acquired by the state when the commodities are or become obsolete or unusable or are not being used or should be replaced.

(b) The agency shall determine what commodities or expendable commodities should be disposed of and make disposition in the manner which will be most advantageous to the state. The disposition may include:

(1) Transferring the particular commodities or expendable commodities between departments;

(2) Selling the commodities to county commissions, county boards of education, municipalities, public service districts, county building commissions, airport authorities, parks and recreation commissions, nonprofit domestic corporations qualified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or volunteer fire departments in this state when the volunteer fire departments have been held exempt from taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code;

(3) Trading in the commodities as a part payment on the purchase of new commodities;

(4) Cannibalizing the commodities pursuant to procedures established under subsection (g) of this section;

(5) Properly disposing of the commodities as waste;

(6) Selling the commodities to the general public at the posted price or to the highest bidder by means of public auctions or sealed bids, after having first advertised the time, terms and place of the sale as a Class II legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code. The publication area for the publication is the county in which the sale is to be conducted. The sale may also be advertised in other advertising media that the agency considers advisable. The agency may sell to the highest bidder or to any one or more of the highest bidders, if there is more than one, or, if the best interest of the state will be served, reject all bids; or

(7) Selling the commodities to the highest bidder by means of an Internet auction site approved by the director, as set forth in an emergency rule pursuant to the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

(c) Upon the sale to the general public or transfer of commodities or expendable commodities between departments, or upon the sale of commodities or expendable commodities to an eligible organization, the agency shall set the price to be paid by the receiving eligible organization, with due consideration given to current market prices.

(d) The agency may sell expendable, obsolete or unused motor vehicles owned by the state to an eligible organization, other than volunteer fire departments. In addition, the agency may sell expendable, obsolete or unused motor vehicles owned by the state with a gross weight in excess of four thousand pounds to an eligible volunteer fire department. The agency, with due consideration given to current market prices, shall set the price to be paid by the receiving eligible organization for motor vehicles sold pursuant to this provision: Provided, That the sale price of any motor vehicle sold to an eligible organization may not be less than the "average loan" value, as published in the most recent available eastern edition of the National Automobile Dealer's Association (N.A.D.A.) Official Used Car Guide, if the value is available, unless the fair market value of the vehicle is less than the N.A.D.A. "average loan" value, in which case the vehicle may be sold for less than the "average loan" value. The fair market value shall be based on a thorough inspection of the vehicle by an employee of the agency who shall consider the mileage of the vehicle and the condition of the body, engine and tires as indicators of its fair market value. If no fair market value is available, the agency shall set the price to be paid by the receiving eligible organization with due consideration given to current market prices. The duly authorized representative of the eligible organization, for whom the motor vehicle or other similar surplus equipment is purchased or otherwise obtained, shall cause ownership and proper title to the motor vehicle to be vested only in the official name of the authorized governing body for whom the purchase or transfer was made. The ownership or title, or both, shall remain in the possession of that governing body and be nontransferable for a period of not less than one year from the date of the purchase or transfer. Resale or transfer of ownership of the motor vehicle or equipment prior to an elapsed period of one year may be made only by reason of certified unserviceability.

(e) The agency shall report to the Legislative Auditor, semiannually, all sales of commodities or expendable commodities made during the preceding six months to eligible organizations. The report shall include a description of the commodities sold, the price paid by the eligible organization which received the commodities and to whom each commodity was sold.

(f) The proceeds of the sales or transfers shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit on a pro rata basis of the fund or funds out of which the purchase of the particular commodities or expendable commodities was made: Provided, That the agency may charge and assess fees reasonably related to the costs of care and handling with respect to the transfer, warehousing, sale and distribution of state property disposed of or sold pursuant to the provisions of this section.

(g)(1) For purposes of this section, "cannibalization" means the removal of parts from one commodity to use in the creation or repair of another commodity.

(2) The director of the Purchasing Division shall propose for promulgation legislative rules to establish procedures that permit the cannibalization of a commodity when it is in the best interests of the state. The procedures shall require the approval of the director prior to the cannibalization of the commodity under such circumstances as the procedures may prescribe.

(3) (A) Under circumstances prescribed by the procedures, state agencies shall be required to submit a form, in writing or electronically, that, at a minimum, elicits the following information for the commodity the agency is requesting to cannibalize:

(i) The commodity identification number; (ii) the commodity's acquisition date; (iii) the commodity's acquisition cost; (iv) a description of the commodity; (v) whether the commodity is operable and, if so, how well it operates; (vi) how the agency will dispose of the remaining parts of the commodity; and (vii) who will cannibalize the commodity and how the person is qualified to remove and reinstall the parts.

(B) If the agency has immediate plans to use the cannibalized parts, the form shall elicit the following information for the commodity or commodities that will receive the cannibalized part or parts: (i) The commodity identification number; (ii) the commodity's acquisition date; (iii) the commodity's acquisition cost; (iv) a description of the commodity; (v) whether the commodity is operable; (vi) whether the part restores the commodity to an operable condition; and (vii) the cost of the parts and labor to restore the commodity to an operable condition without cannibalization.

(C) If the agency intends to retain the cannibalized parts for future use, it shall provide information justifying its request.

(D) The procedures shall provide for the disposal of the residual components of cannibalized property.

(h) (1) The director of the Purchasing Division shall propose for promulgation legislative rules to establish procedures that allow state agencies to dispose of commodities in a landfill, or by other lawful means of waste disposal, if the value of the commodity is less than the benefit that may be realized by the state by disposing of the commodity using another method authorized in this section. The procedures shall specify circumstances where the state agency for surplus property shall inspect the condition of the commodity prior to authorizing the disposal and those circumstances when the inspection is not necessary prior to the authorization.

(2) Whenever a state agency requests permission to dispose of a commodity in a landfill, or by other lawful means of waste disposal, the state agency for surplus property has the right to take possession of the commodity and to dispose of the commodity using any other method authorized in this section.

(3) If the state agency for surplus property determines, within fifteen days of receiving a commodity, that disposing of the commodity in a landfill or by other lawful means of waste disposal would be more beneficial to the state than disposing of the commodity using any other method authorized in this section, the cost of the disposal is the responsibility of the agency from which it received the commodity.

WVC 5A-3-46 §5A-3-46. Warehousing, transfer, etc., charges.
Any charges made or fees assessed by the state agency for surplus property for the acquisition, warehousing, distribution or transfer of any property acquired by donation from the United States of America for educational purposes or public health purposes, including research, shall be limited to those reasonably related to the costs of care and handling in respect to its acquisition, receipts, warehousing, distribution or transfer by the state agency for surplus property. All charges designated herein shall be used by the state agency for surplus property to defray the general operating expenses of the state agency for surplus property.

WVC 5A-3-47 §5A-3-47. Department of agriculture and other agencies exempted.
Notwithstanding any provisions or limitations of this article, the state department of agriculture and any other state departments or agencies hereafter so designated are authorized and empowered to distribute food, food stamps, surplus commodities and agricultural products under contracts and agreements with the federal government or any of its departments or agencies, and the state department of agriculture and any other state departments or agencies hereafter so designated are authorized and empowered to adopt rules and regulations in order to conform with federal requirements and standards for such distribution and also for the proper distribution of such food, food stamps, commodities and agricultural products. To the extent set forth in this section, the provisions of this article shall not apply to the state department of agriculture and any other state departments or agencies hereafter so designated for the purposes set forth in this section.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 48 §5A-3-48. Travel rules; exceptions.
(a) The Secretary of Administration shall promulgate rules, including emergency rules, relating to the ownership, purchase, use, storage, maintenance and repair of all motor vehicles and aircraft owned or possessed by the State of West Virginia or any of its departments, divisions, agencies, bureaus, boards, commissions, offices or authorities.

(b) If, in the judgment of the Secretary of Administration, economy or convenience indicate the expediency thereof, the secretary may require all vehicles and the aircraft subject to regulation by this article, or those he or she may designate, to be kept in garages and other places of storage and to be made available in a manner and under the terms necessary for the official use of any departments, institutions, agencies, officers, agents and employees of the state as designated by the secretary in rules promulgated pursuant to this section.

(c) The secretary may administer the travel regulations promulgated by the Governor in accordance with section eleven, article three, chapter twelve of this code, unless otherwise determined by the Governor.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 49 §5A-3-49. Central motor pool for state-owned vehicles and aircraft.
The secretary may establish a central motor pool, which shall be maintained and administered by the Department of Administration, subject to such rules as the secretary may promulgate. The Department of Administration is responsible for the storage, maintenance, and repairs of all vehicles and aircraft assigned to the central motor pool.

WVC 5A-3-50 §5A-3-50. Acquiring and disposing of vehicles and aircraft.
The secretary shall be empowered to purchase new vehicles and aircraft and dispose of old vehicles and aircraft as is practical from time to time.

WVC 5A-3-51 §5A-3-51. Maintenance and service to vehicles and aircraft.
The secretary may utilize any building or land owned by the state, any department, institution or agency thereof, for the storing, garaging, and repairing of such motor vehicles and aircraft. The secretary shall provide for the employment of personnel needed to manage said motor pool and to repair and service such vehicles and aircraft and for the purchase of gasoline, oil, and other supplies for use in connection therewith, and may utilize the facilities, services and employees of any department, institution or agency of the state to effectuate the purposes thereof.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 52 §5A-3-52. Special funds for travel management created.

     (a) The travel management special fund is terminated. All deposits currently in this special fund from aviation fees shall be transferred into the Aviation Fund created in subsection c of this section. All funds in this special fund from the monthly fee for vehicles shall be transferred into the Fleet Management Office Fund created in subsection (b) of this section.

     (b) There is created in the State Treasury a special revenue account, to be known as the Fleet Management Office Fund. Expenditures are authorized from collections, but are to be made only in accordance with appropriation by the Legislature and in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon fulfillment of the provisions of article two, chapter eleven-b of this code. Any balance remaining in the special revenue account at the end of any state fiscal year does not revert to the General Revenue Fund but remains in the special revenue account and shall be used solely in a manner consistent with this article. All costs and expenses incurred pursuant to this section, including administrative, shall be paid from those funds. Charges for operating, repairing and servicing motor vehicles made against any institution, agency or department shall be paid into the Fleet Management Office Fund by that institution, department or agency.

     (c) There is created in the State Treasury a special revenue account, to be known as the Aviation Fund. Expenditures from this fund are authorized from collections but are to be made only in accordance with appropriation by the Legislature and in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon fulfillment of the provisions of article two, chapter eleven-b of this code. Any balance remaining in the special revenue account at the end of any state fiscal year does not revert to the General Revenue Fund but remains in the special revenue account and shall be used solely in a manner consistent with this article. All costs and expenses incurred pursuant to this section, including administrative, shall be paid from those funds. Charges for operating, repairing and servicing aircraft made against any institution, agency or department shall be paid into the Aviation Fund by that institution, department or agency. WVC 5A-3-53 §5A-3-53. Enforcement of travel management regulations.
If any state officer, agent or employee fails to comply with any rule or regulation of the secretary made pursuant to section forty-eight of this article, the state auditor shall, upon order of the secretary, refuse to issue any warrant or warrants on account of expenses incurred, or to be incurred, in the purchase, operation, maintenance, or repairs of any motor vehicle or aircraft now or to be in the possession or under the control of such officer, agent or employee. The secretary may take possession of any state-owned vehicle or aircraft and transfer it to the central motor pool or to make such other disposition thereof as the secretary may direct.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 54 §5A-3-54.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 55 §5A-3-55.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 55 A §5A-3-55a.
Repealed.

Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 169. WVC 5 A- 3 - 56 §5A-3-56. Preference for the use of domestic steel products in state contract projects; exceptions; civil penalties.
(a)(1) Except when authorized pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, no contractor may use or supply steel products for a state contract project other than those steel products made in the United States.

(2) As used in this section:

(A) "State contract project" means any erection or construction of, or any addition to, alteration of or other improvement to any building or structure, including, but not limited to, roads or highways, or the installation of any heating or cooling or ventilating plants or other equipment, or the supply of any materials for such projects, pursuant to a contract with the state of West Virginia for which bids were solicited on or after the effective date of this section.

(B) "Steel products" means products rolled, formed, shaped, drawn, extruded, forged, cast, fabricated or otherwise similarly processed, or processed by a combination of two or more of such operations, from steel made by the open hearth, basic oxygen, electric furnace, bessemer or other steel making process.

(C) "United States" means the United States of America and includes all territory, continental or insular, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of subsection (a) of this section to the contrary, the director of the purchasing division may, in writing, authorize the use of foreign steel products if:

(1) The cost for each contract item used does not exceed one tenth of one percent of the total contract cost or two thousand five hundred dollars, whichever is greater. For the purposes of this section, the cost is the value of the steel product as delivered to the project; or

(2) The director of the purchasing division determines that specified steel materials are not produced in the United States in sufficient quantity or otherwise are not reasonably available to meet contract requirements.

(c) A contractor who uses steel products in violation of subsection (a) of this section shall pay a civil penalty equal to one and one-half times the cost of the steel products used in violation of said subsection: Provided, That any contractor in violation of this section who relied in good faith upon documents of title and origin indicating that the steel products were made in the United States shall not be subject to the civil penalty. All civil penalties paid pursuant to this section shall be collected by the director and deposited in the general revenue fund of the state.

(d) When the director of the purchasing division has reasonable cause to believe that a contractor has used or is using steel products in violation of subsection (a) of this section, the director shall conduct an investigation to determine whether the contractor has used or is using steel products in violation of said subsection. Upon a finding by the director pursuant to the investigation that the contractor has used or is using steel products in violation of subsection (a) of this section, the director shall request the attorney general to commence an action under this section against the contractor for the violation. Any action under this section is a civil action.

(e) If any of the requirements or provisions set forth in this section jeopardize the receipt of federal funds, then such requirement or provision shall be void and of no force and effect.

(f) It is the intent of the Legislature that the provisions of article nineteen, chapter five of this code continue in force, except to the extent that if any provision of said article is construed to conflict with a provision of this section, the conflict shall be resolved in favor of the provisions of this section.

(g) This section may be cited as the "West Virginia American Steel Act of 2001."

WVC 5 A- 3 - 57 §5A-3-57. Buy American task force; study; report.

     (a) Findings. -- The Legislature finds that:

     (1) The production of iron, steel, manufactured goods, coal and timber provides jobs and family income to many individuals in this state and, in turn, the jobs and family incomes of millions of persons in the United States;

     (2) The taxes paid to the state and its political subdivisions by employers and employees engaged in the production and sale of iron, steel, manufactured goods, coal and timber are a large source of public revenues for West Virginia;

     (3) The economy and general welfare of West Virginia and its people and the economy and general welfare of the United States are inseparably linked to the preservation and development of manufacturing, harvesting and mineral extraction industries in this state, as well as all the other states of this nation;

     (4) The state's taxpayer dollars are better spent if reinvested with its individual and employer taxpayers in order to foster job retention and growth, particularly within the manufacturing, harvesting and mineral extraction sectors, and to ensure a broad and healthy tax base for future investments vital to the state's infrastructure; and

     (5) West Virginia's procurement policies should reflect the state's and the nation's principles ensuring that the products of those companies and workers who abide by workplace safety and environmental laws, rules and regulations should be rewarded with a commonsense preference in government contracting.

     (b) Declaration of policy. -- It is the policy of West Virginia that the state and its political subdivisions should aid and promote the economy of this state and the United States by requiring a preference for the procurement of iron, steel, manufactured goods, coal and timber produced in the United States in all contracts for the construction, reconstruction, repair, improvement or maintenance of public buildings and public works projects.

     (c) The Purchasing Division and the Division of Labor shall jointly convene the task force created in subsection (d) of this section to study the use of American-made construction materials and manufactured goods in the various aspects of the construction and maintenance of public buildings and public works projects of the state and its political subdivisions which are funded in part by state grants, state loans or state appropriations.

     (d) A task force is hereby created to assist the divisions with this study. The task force shall consist of:

     (1) An architect, an engineer and a contractor, each designated by his or her respective licensing board;

     (2) One representative of the largest organization representing West Virginia manufacturers;

     (3) One representative each from the Division of Highways, the School Building Authority, the Water Development Authority, the General Services Division and the Higher Education Policy Commission; and

     (4) Four labor representatives chosen by the largest labor organization in the state.

     (e) The study shall include, but not be limited to:

     (1) The need to maintain a list of all suppliers qualified to provide construction materials and manufactured goods produced in the United States;

     (2) The percentage of domestically produced construction materials and manufactured goods to be included in a construction project to qualify it as built with American made construction materials and manufactured goods; and

     (3) Possible changes to the bid process, including waiver requirements.

     (f) The directors of the Purchasing Division and the Division of Labor shall report the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, by December 31, 2012, on the task force's findings on the best methods of promoting the American production of iron, steel, manufactured goods, coal and timber and creating jobs through a buy American mandate, as well as the burdens and benefits of such mandate on the construction industry in West Virginia and the state's public building and public works projects. WVC 5 A- 3 - 58 §5A-3-58. Creation of the Purchasing Improvement Fund.
There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special revenue account to be known as the Purchasing Improvement Fund. The Purchasing Improvement Fund shall receive funds transferred from the Purchasing Card Administration Fund by the Auditor pursuant to section ten-d, article three, chapter twelve of this code and shall be administered by the secretary. Expenditures from the fund shall be for the purposes set forth in this article and are not authorized from collections but are to be made only in accordance with appropriation by the Legislature and in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon fulfillment of the provisions of article two, chapter eleven-b of this code: Provided, That for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth day of June, two thousand eight, expenditures are authorized from collections rather than pursuant to appropriation by the Legislature.

WVC 5 A- 3 - 59 §5A-3-59. Small, women and minority-owned businesses.
(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Minority individual" means an individual who is a citizen of the United States or a noncitizen who is in full compliance with United States immigration law and who satisfies one or more of the following definitions:

(A) "African American" means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Africa and who is regarded as such by the community of which this person claims to be a part.

(B) "Asian American" means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands, including, but not limited to, Japan, China, Vietnam, Samoa, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Northern Mariana, the Philippines, a U.S. territory of the Pacific, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka and who is regarded as such by the community of which this person claims to be a part.

(C) "Hispanic American" means a person having origins in any of the Spanish-speaking peoples of Mexico, South or Central America, or the Caribbean Islands or other Spanish or Portuguese cultures and who is regarded as such by the community of which this person claims to be a part.

(D) "Native American" means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and who is regarded as such by the community of which this person claims to be a part or who is recognized by a tribal organization.

(2) "Minority-owned business" means a business concern that is at least fifty-one percent owned by one or more minority individuals or in the case of a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity, at least fifty-one percent of the equity ownership interest in the corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity is owned by one or more minority individuals and both the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more minority individuals.

(3) "Small business" means a business, independently owned or operated by one or more persons who are citizens of the United States or noncitizens who are in full compliance with United States immigration law, which, together with affiliates, has two hundred fifty or fewer employees, or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years.

(4) "State agency" means any authority, board, department, instrumentality, institution, agency, or other unit of state government. "State agency" does not include any county, city or town.

(5) "Women-owned business" means a business concern that is at least fifty-one percent owned by one or more women who are citizens of the United States or noncitizens who are in full compliance with United States immigration law, or in the case of a corporation, partnership or limited liability company or other entity, at least fifty-one percent of the equity ownership interest is owned by one or more women who are citizens of the United States or noncitizens who are in full compliance with United States immigration law, and both the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women who are citizens of the United States or noncitizens who are in full compliance with United States immigration law.

(b) State agencies shall submit annual progress reports on small, women and minority-owned business procurement to the Department of Administration in a form specified by the Department of Administration.

(c) The Department of Administration shall propose rules, for legislative approval pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a, to implement certification programs for small, women and minority-owned businesses. These certification programs shall deny certification to vendors from states that deny like certifications to West Virginia-based small, women or minority-owned businesses or that provide a preference for small, women or minority-owned businesses based in that state that is not available to West Virginia-based businesses. The rules shall:

(1) Establish minimum requirements for certification of small, women and minority-owned businesses;

(2) Provide a process for evaluating existing local, state, private sector and federal certification programs that meet the minimum requirements; and

(3) Mandate certification, without any additional paperwork or fee, of any prospective state vendor that has obtained certification under any certification program that is determined to meet the minimum requirements established in the regulations.

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Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§ 5 A- 1 - 1 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 1 - 10 - (New Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 1 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 3 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 4 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 5 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 10 D - (New Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 10 E - (New Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 11 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 17 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 28 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 30 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 31 - (Amended Code)
§ 5 A- 3 - 60 - (New Code)
SENATE BILL - 356
PASSED - Regular Session

SB356 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to purchasing reform
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