Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order establishing a team to explore ways to meet his goal of expanding minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) participation in state contracting to 20%. Current MWBE participation in the state's contracting and procurement process is at 9.2%. A disparity study commissioned in 2010 by the state Department of Economic Development identified numerous barriers that have impaired access by MWBE to state contracting. Governor Cuomo’s MWBE team is identifying ways to overcome these obstacles and enhance existing programs to spur participation.
In 2010, ITS exceeded it goal ahead of schedule, to increase the number of woman and minority-owned businesses participating in state technology procurements to 20% by the end of the year. As one of the largest buyers of IT products and services in New York State government, ITS continues to work closely with the other state agencies and New York State’s top IT vendors to continue improving MWBE participation in technology procurements.
2010 Disparity Study (pdf)
MWBE FAQs (pdf)
NY Loves MWBE Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development (DMWBD) Website
Comprehensive Guide for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs (pdf)
Contact ITS Contracts & Procurement Office:
In July of 1988, Article 15-A of the Executive Law was passed by the New York State Legislature. This legislation led to specific rules, regulations and procedures for minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) participation in certain state contracts. The law is located at NYS Executive Law Article 15-A, and the regulations are located at 5 NYCRR Part 140.
ITS is required to implement the provisions of Article 15-A for all of its Contracts, which include written agreements or purchase orders, extensions, renewals and amendments:
For all procurements in excess of $25,000 the Contractor must complete, sign and return the following forms to ITS:
These forms must be submitted with any bid, proposal, or proposed negotiated contract or within a reasonable time thereafter, but prior to contract award. It is recommended that vendors submit draft versions of all compliance forms to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 518-474-6329 for review prior to final submission. This will allow ITS to review forms for accuracy and provide feedback for corrections as necessary.
Original signed (and notarized, when applicable) forms should be sent to the following:
|(USPS Regular Mail Address)||(Parcel Post/Overnight/Courier Address)|
|Contracts and Procurement Office||Contracts and Procurement Office|
|NYS of Information Technology Services||NYS of Information Technology Services|
|State Capitol ESP||OR||Empire State Plaza Swan St.|
|PO Box 2062||Core 4, 2nd Floor|
|Albany, NY 12220-0062||Albany, NY 12223|
During the term of the contract, Contractors must also:
Failure to submit periodic reports, as required by the terms of your contract, may result in a delay in payment, finding of non-compliance, and/or termination of the contract. Monthly and Quarterly reports can be submitted via email, fax, or mail (originals not required).
It is incumbent upon ITS to hold vendors accountable for demonstrating best efforts to achieve the agency goals. ITS wants vendors to be successful, and consistent with this commitment, the following resources are available to assist you in meeting the MWBE goals that have been set by ITS.
Searchable Database of MWBEs
Alphabetical MWBE Lists
Vendors are also reminded that in order to supply ITS with the products and services they are contracted for, they should utilize a wide variety of products and services from smaller vendors. MWBEs providing these services can be counted in your satisfaction of the goals established by ITS. An example of qualified services is included below:
|-accounting services||-advertising||-travel services|
|-building maintenance||-car rental||-technical writing|
|-electrical services||-furniture||-tax preparation|
|-heating and cooling||-janitorial services||-shredding services|
|-office supplies||-pest control||-rubbish removal|