For the purpose of this chapter:
(1) "Commodities" means supplies, material, equipment and any other articles or things used by or furnished to a department, agency or institution of state government.
(2) "Contract" means an agreement between a state spending unit and a vendor relating to the procurement of commodities or services, or both.
(3) "Debarment" means the exclusion of a vendor from the right to bid on contracts to sell goods or supply services to the state or its subdivisions for a specified period of time.
(4) "Director" means the director of the division referred to in the heading of the article in which the word appears.
(5) "Electronic" means electrical, digital, magnetic, optical, electromagnetic or any other similar technology.
(6) "Electronic transmission" or "electronically transmitted" means any process of communication not directly involving the physical transfer of paper that is suitable for the retention, retrieval and reproduction of information by the recipient.
(7) "Expendable commodities" means those commodities which, when used in the ordinary course of business, will become consumed or of no market value within the period of one year or less.
(8) "Grant" means the furnishing of assistance, financial or otherwise, to any person or entity to support a program authorized by law.
(9) "Nonprofit workshops" means an establishment: (A) Where any manufacture or handiwork is carried on; (B) which is operated either by a public agency or by a cooperative or by a nonprofit private corporation or nonprofit association in which no part of the net earnings thereof inures, or may lawfully inure, to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual; (C) which is operated for the primary purpose of providing remunerative employment to blind or severely disabled persons who cannot be absorbed into the competitive labor market; and (D) which shall be approved, as evidenced by a certificate of approval, by the State Board of Vocational Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
(10) "Printing" means printing, binding, ruling, lithographing, engraving and other similar services.
(11) "Procurement" means the buying, purchasing, renting, leasing or otherwise obtaining of commodities or services.
(12) "Public funds" means funds of any character, including federal moneys, belonging to or in the custody of any state spending unit.
(13) "Record" means information that is inscribed on a read-only tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
(14) "Removable property" means any personal property not permanently affixed to or forming a part of real estate.
(15) "Request for quotations" means a solicitation for a bid where cost is the primary factor in determining the award.
(16) "Responsible bidder" means a vendor who has the capability to fully perform the contract requirements, and the integrity and reliability which will assure good-faith performance.
(17) "Responsive bidder" means a vendor who has submitted a bid which conforms in all material respects to the bid solicitation.
(18) "Secretary" means the Secretary of Administration.
(19) "Services" means the furnishing of labor, time, expertise or effort, not involving the delivery of a specific end commodity or product other than one that may be incidental to the required performance.
(20) "Spending officer" means the executive head of a spending unit, or a person designated by him or her.
(21) "Spending unit" means a department, bureau, department, division, office, board commission, authority, agency or institution of the state government for which an appropriation is requested of the Governor, or to which an appropriation is made by the Legislature, unless a specific exemption from this chapter is provided in this code.
(22) "The state and its subdivisions" means the State of West Virginia, every political subdivision thereof, every administrative entity that includes such a subdivision, all municipalities and all county boards of education.
(b) The Department of Administration may receive federal funds.
(c) The secretary serves at the will and pleasure of the Governor. The annual compensation of the secretary shall be as specified in section two-a, article seven, chapter six of this code.
(d) There shall be in the Department of Administration a Finance Division, a General Services Division, an Information Services and Communications Division, Division of Personnel and a Purchasing Division. Each division shall be headed by a director who may also head any and all sections within that division and who shall be appointed by the secretary.
(e) There shall also be in the Department of Administration those agencies, boards, commissions and councils specified in section one, article two, chapter five-f of this code.
(f) The secretary may establish a Fleet Management Office within the Department of Administration to:
(1) Manage 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: Provided, That, such vehicles and aircraft shall not be used for personal purposes, other than for de minimis personal use;
(2) Administer the rules, including emergency rules, promulgated under the provisions of sections forty-eight and forty-nine, article three of this chapter; and
(3) Perform any duties relating to motor vehicles and aircraft owned or possessed by the State of West Virginia assigned by the secretary, which duties may include those set out in sections fifty through fifty-three, article three of this chapter.
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(b) The council shall serve the department of administration and the director of the budget in an advisory capacity for purposes of reviewing the performance of the administrative and fiscal procedures of the state, including the oversight of all federal funds, and shall have the following duties:
(1) To advise with the director of the budget in respect to matters of budgetary intent and efficiency, including the budget bill and budget document detail and format;
(2) To advise with the secretary and the director of the budget concerning studies of government and administration concerning fiscal policy as it considers appropriate;
(3) To advise with the secretary and the director of the budget in the preparation of studies designed to provide long-term capital planning and finance for state institutions and agencies; and
(4) To advise with the secretary and the director of the budget in respect to the application for, and receipt and expenditure of, anticipated or unanticipated federal funds.
(c) The appointed, nonex officio members of the council shall be entitled to receive compensation and reimbursement for expenses in connection with performance of their duties, during interim periods, if not otherwise receiving the same for identical periods, as is authorized by the applicable sections of article two-a, chapter four of the code in respect to performance of duties either within the state or, if necessary, out of state. Compensation and expenses shall be incurred and paid only after approval by the joint committee on government and finance.
The director of the purchasing division shall execute a bond in the penalty of one hundred thousand dollars and any person employed as a state buyer in accordance with article three of this chapter shall execute a bond in the penalty of fifty thousand dollars, payable to the state of West Virginia, with a corporate bonding or surety company authorized to do business in this state as surety thereon, approved by the governor, in form prescribed by the attorney general and conditioned upon the faithful performance of his duties under the provisions of this chapter and all rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to such chapter and the accounting for all money and property coming into his hands by virtue of his office or position. The bonds shall be filed with the secretary of state. In lieu of separate bonds for state buyers, a blanket surety bond may be obtained. The other division directors and all other employees of the department shall be covered by bonds in cases where the secretary thinks it necessary, which bonds shall be in the penalty prescribed by the secretary and shall be filed with the secretary of state.
The cost of all such surety bonds shall be paid from funds appropriated to the department of administration.
(a) Unless this code specifically provides to the contrary, all spending units, whenever possible, shall base purchases for commodities and services on a competitive process and utilize available statewide contracts.
(b) The secretary shall issue a notice to cease and desist to any spending unit when the secretary has credible evidence that a spending unit has failed, whenever possible, to purchase commodities and services on a competitive basis or to use available statewide contracts. Failure to abide by such notice may result in penalties set forth in section seventeen, article three of this chapter.
(a) There is continued within the Department of Administration the position of the State Americans with Disabilities Coordinator, who shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Administration with input from the chairperson from each of the following four councils:
(1) The Developmental Disabilities Council;
(2) The Statewide Independent Living Council;
(3) The Mental Health Planning Council; and
(4) The State Rehabilitation Council.
(b) The coordinator shall be a full-time employee, and shall have an in-depth working knowledge of the challenges facing persons with disabilities. The coordinator may be a current employee of the Department of Administration or other state agency employee.
(c) The coordinator shall:
(1) Advise the Director of Personnel in the development of comprehensive policies and programs for the development, implementation and monitoring of a statewide program to assure compliance with 42 U.S.C. §12101, et seq., the federal Americans with Disabilities Act;
(2) Assist in the formulation of rules and standards relating to the review, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination in employment, education, housing and public accommodation;
(3) Consult and collaborate with state and federal agency officials in the state plan development;
(4) Consult and collaborate with agency Americans with disabilities officers on the appropriate training for managers and supervisors on regulations and issues;
(5) Represent the state on local, state and national committees and panels related to Americans with disabilities;
(6) Advise the Governor and agency heads on Americans with disabilities issues;
(7) Consult with state equal employment opportunity officers on the hiring of persons with disabilities; and
(8) Be available to inspect and advise the leasing section of the Division of Purchasing on all physical properties owned or leased by the State of West Virginia for compliance with 42 U.S.C. §12101, et seq., the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
(d) (1) The Secretary of the Department of Administration may assess, charge and collect fees from each state spending unit which utilizes the services of the coordinator, for the direct costs and expenses incurred by the coordinator in providing those services. Costs and expenses include travel, materials, equipment and supplies. Moneys shall be collected through the Division of Finance.
(2) A state spending unit shall agree in writing to all costs and expenses before the services by the Americans with Disabilities coordinator are rendered.
(e) There is continued in the Department of Administration a special fund to be named the "Americans with Disabilities Coordinator Fund", which shall be an interest-bearing account and may be invested in accordance with the provisions of article six, chapter twelve of this code, with the interest income a proper credit to the fund. Funds paid into the account may be derived from the following sources:
(1) All moneys received from state spending units for the costs and expenses incurred by the state Americans with Disabilities Coordinator for providing services related to the state's implementation and compliance with 42 U.S.C. §12101, et seq., the federal Americans with Disabilities Act;
(2) Any gifts, grants, bequests, transfers or donations which may be received from any governmental entity or unit or any person, firm, foundation or corporation; and
(3) All interest or return on investment accruing to the fund.
(f) Moneys in the fund are to be used for the costs and expenses incurred pursuant to this section. Any balance including accrued interest in this special fund at the end of any fiscal year shall not revert to the General Revenue Fund, but shall remain in the fund for use by the Secretary of the Department of Administration for providing additional Americans with Disabilities Coordinator services within the State of West Virginia in the ensuing fiscal years.
(g) The Secretary of the Department of Administration shall
report annually on the fund to the Governor, President of the
Senate and Speaker of the House of Delegates. The report must be
on CD ROM or other electronic media and shall not be in print
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