Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: S.B. No. 2501

S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 2501 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


(1) Require a bidder's past performance on projects of similar scope for public agencies, including delays, number of contract change orders, contract extensions, cost overruns, corrective actions, responses to notices of deficiencies, and assessments of the bidder's prior work, to be factored into future bid selection of a contractor;


(2) Define "past performance" to mean available recent and relevant performance of a contractor on government contracts to be considered as a responsibility determination relevant to a current solicitation;


(3) Require past performance to be considered in sole source procurement; and


(4) Appropriate funds to the State Procurement Office for the purposes of this measure.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation and State Procurement Office. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from American Institute of Architects. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the General Contractors Association of Hawaii, Electrical Contractor's Association of Hawaii, Subcontractors Association of Hawaii, and American Council of Engineering Companies.


Your Committee finds that a contractor can potentially expose the State to liability for faulty work and cost the State more money due to the need for corrective work. State contracts may be awarded to the lowest bidder through the invitation for bid process without regard to poor past performance, which may result in repeated inefficient or substandard work. Implementation of this measure will develop a record of responsible contractors and increase accountability in the performance of the State's procurement contracts.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Amending the definition of "past performance" to include legal action;


(2) Amending bid evaluation criteria to be considered by deleting delays, number of contract change orders, contract extensions, cost overruns, corrective actions, and responses to notices of deficiencies; and inserting notices of deficiencies, legal actions, failure to complete a procurement contract, and assessments of the bidder's prior work;


(3) Deleting section 5 relating to using prior performance in the selection criteria for the procurement of professional services;


(4) Inserting language requiring a department that issues a request for proposal to evaluate the work and performance of the respective contractors upon the completion of the procurement contract and maintain the evaluations in the department's files; and


(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2501, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2501, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Government Operations,