Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   H.B. No. 1126

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 1126 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to require the State Procurement Office to establish a statewide procurement database, accessible to each governmental body and consisting of data relating to any procurement contract provided by each governmental body.  The measure also appropriates moneys to fund this purpose.  


     The Ulupono Initiative and the Hawaii Operating Engineers Industry Stabilization Fund provided testimony in support of this measure.  The State Procurement Office and the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, City and County of Honolulu, provided comments.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1)  Removing the language that would have created a new statutory section in chapter 103D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, establishing a statewide procurement database; and



(2)  Inserting new language that:


(A)  Adds a purpose clause to clarify the measure's purpose of strengthening the centralized State Procurement Office's oversight authority for all government contracts in the State;


(B)  Transfers the Procurement Compliance Audit Unit from the Office of the Auditor to the State Procurement Office, subject to periodic audits by the Office of the Auditor;


(C)  Tasks the Compliance Audit Unit with establishing a database of meaningful statewide procurement data;


(D)  Directs officers and employees of the State and each county to cooperate with the information gathering and research activities of the Unit involving contract data;


(E)  Directs Chief Procurement Officers to coordinate with the State Procurement Administrator regarding procurement policy and to report contract data;


(F)  Clarifies the State Procurement Office Administrator's duty to serve as a liaison to the Policy Board and Chief Procurement Officers on procurement policy matters and to represent the Compliance Audit Unit to legislative and policy-making bodies; and


(G)  Requires contract modifications, change orders, or adjustment in contract price in specified circumstances to be submitted to the Chief Procurement Officer for approval, then to the State Procurement Officer Administrator for notification; and


     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1126, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1126, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,