Monthly Archives: October 2012

New Law Directs DGS To Prepare List Of Products Exempt Under Steel Procurement Act

October 30th, 2012 (No Comments)

On October 25, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1840 which amends the Pa. Steel Products Procurement Act (first passed in 1978) and which directs the Pa. Department of General Services (DGS) to prepare a list of steel products, such as machinery and equipment, that are not produced in the United States in sufficient quantities […]

City of Phila. Reaches Settlement With City Contractor for Violation of M/W/DSBE Contracting Rules

October 25th, 2012 (No Comments)

The City of Philadelphia has yet again taken action against a City contractor – William Betz Jr. Inc., a plumbing supply firm – for violation of the City’s minority contracting program and anti-discrimination policy (now re-authorized in Executive Order No. 3-12).  This is the third enforcement action taken by the City this year.  My posts […]

City of Phila. Issues New Executive Order for M/W/DSBE Contracting Program

October 18th, 2012 (No Comments)

On September 20, 2012, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed Executive Order No. 3-12 which reauthorizes the City’s Office of Economic Opportunity (formerly known as MBEC) as well as the City’s antidiscrimination policy and program for contracting and subcontracting opportunities on City contracts for minority business enterprises, woman business enterprises, and disabled business enterprises (M/W/DSBEs). Some of […]

GBCA to Host DBE Seminar on October 25 and 26

October 12th, 2012 (No Comments)

On October 25 and 26, 2012, the General Building Contractors Association will host a two part seminar on navigating disadvantaged business enterprise programs in the public contracting realm, for both federally-funded and locally-funded contracts. Topics to be covered will include: (1) Bidding Requirements/Concerns; (2) Post-Award Enforcement/Compliance; and (3) Best Practices. I will be in attendance as a presenter […]

Right-to-Know Law Requires Disclosure of Bids Submitted to Contractor Performing Government Function

October 2nd, 2012 (No Comments)

In a recent decision interpreting the Pa. Right-to-Know Law, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the Law required the disclosure of public bids received by a private contractor standing in the shoes of a public entity. In SWB Yankees, LLC v. Wintermantel, 45 A.3d 1029 (2012), the Supreme Court held that documents in the possession of a […]