Assemblywoman Burke Introduces 1st Bill to Improve State’s Tech Investments

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AB 522 creates a report card for IT contractors to increase accountability and competition.

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) introduced the first bill of her legislative career to strengthen California’s information technology (IT) purchasing standards.  AB 522 creates a report card of sorts for IT vendors and requires the state’s procurement process to take into account a bidder’s past performance when awarding projects. 

“We’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars on IT projects without any real accountability to ensure that we’re getting what we paid for,” said Burke.  “Results matter and with AB 522, companies will have an incentive to deliver quality projects that are on time and on budget.”

AB 522 establishes a standardized contractor performance assessment report system to evaluate how well a contractor performs on an IT project. Additionally, the data collected through the performance assessment will be used as part of the evaluation and awarding of any future IT contracts or projects.

“Past performance is a major criterion used by the Federal Government and other entities for selecting a vendor,” said Martin McGartland Chief Executive Officer of Natoma Technologies. “We are delighted to see California adopt this best practice for IT procurements because it will increase competition in the marketplace and provide more opportunities for successful vendors.”

AB 522’s first vote will occur April.  If passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Brown, the bill’s provisions would become law on January 1, 2016.