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Department of Administrative Services Disparity Study Seeks Feedback about Contracting with the State through Stakeholder Engagement Sessions - 11/21/22

Salem, OR - The Department of Administrative Services alongside commissioned BBC Research & Consulting (BBC), will be hosting six stakeholder engagement sessions in early December to provide information about Oregon’s disparity study, to seek feedback and be available for questions. These meetings will provide information about the project team, the purpose of the study, the project approach, and how business owners and stakeholders can participate directly in the study. The project team will also answer any questions attendees have regarding the study. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to share any comments or insights about working with the state. This feedback will be integrated into the analysis and report. 

What is the disparity study?

The Department of Administrative Services commissioned BBC Research & Consulting to conduct a disparity study, which will examine contracting by state government agencies. The study will seek information about businesses that are owned by people of color, women and service-disabled veterans. The project team will assess whether there are disparities between contracts and procurements awarded and the availability of those types of businesses for the work requested. The study will also assess marketplace conditions for businesses owned by people of color, women and service-disabled veterans throughout Oregon to determine whether any barriers make it more difficult for those businesses to compete for or perform state work. 

Sessions

Stakeholder engagement sessions will take place in early December, with two sessions a day over the course of three days. Public participation and feedback are crucial to a successful study, please join any of the following sessions:

December 6

11:30 a.m.

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December 6

5:30 p.m.

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December 7

11:30 a.m.

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December 7

5:30 p.m.

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December 8

11:30 a.m.

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December 8

5:30 p.m.

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“We highly encourage anyone interested in state contracting or procurement to participate in these engagement sessions,” said Christopher D. Wilson, Disparity Study Manager. “We hope to hear about all experiences, your insights will help the state better encourage the participation of small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, person of color-owned businesses, and woman-owned businesses in state work.”

The disparity study began in October 2022, and the project team expects to submit a draft report to the state in June 2023 and a final report in August 2023.

For more information about the upcoming engagement meetings or to request translation services, please visit the study webpage: https://oregon.gov/das/pages/disparity-study.aspx or e-mail oregondisparity@bbcresearch.com.

 

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State Interoperability Executive Council to Meet - 11/10/22

Salem, OR- The State Interoperability Executive Council (SIEC) will meet Tuesday, November 15, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. The meeting will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. A call-in option is also available. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken from those in attendance or who call in. 

The agenda and handouts are posted on the council’s website. Instructions for those who wish to attend over the phone are outlined in the meeting agenda.

What:      State Interoperability Executive Council

When:    Tuesday, November 15, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where:  Via Teleconference:

                  Microsoft Teams Link

Audio Call In: 503-446-4951 Pin: 817 726 670##

Who:       Members of the State Interoperability Executive Council 

The SIEC was created under the State Chief Information Officer to be the statewide interoperability governing body and to serve as the primary steering group for the Oregon Statewide Interoperability Communications Plan (SCIP). The SIEC’s mission is to develop and maintain the SCIP, develop recommendations and guidelines for policy, identify technology and standards, and coordinate intergovernmental resources to facilitate statewide public safety communications interoperability.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION OF DISABILITIES – Reasonable accommodations, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed. In order to ensure availability, please contact William Chapman at Enterprise Information Services at telephone 971-283-4607, or email SWIC.OR@das.oregon.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting with your request.

Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board to Meet - 11/09/22

Salem, OR- The Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board (EPAB) will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. The meeting will take place remotely via the internet on Microsoft Teams and is open to the public. The agenda and handouts will be posted on the advisory board’s website: (https://www.oregon.gov/epab/Pages/Meeting-Documents.aspx). 

What:        Meeting of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board  

When:       Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where:      Microsoft Teams (Click here to join the meeting)

Call Toll free: 1-503-446-4951 | Participant pin code: 373080414#

Who:         Members of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board 

The Legislature established the advisory board with enactment of ORS 276A.270-276. The board will advise the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) on key decisions and strategic choices about how the state CIO manages and operates the state’s web portal services.

The Oregon.gov portal is the connection point for citizens to access state agency services and information on the internet. The board provides oversight to specific websites, services and online payments where agencies choose to utilize the State Chief Information Officer’s E-Government Program as their service provider.

With the board’s advice, the state CIO wants to make the Oregon web portal services and their operation as effective as they can be for Oregonians to interact with state government.