Current Rule Making

Public Records

Changes to DES's public records rules are needed to clearly identify public records requests to make sure DES meets the statutory response timeframes under RCW 42.56.520. Additional rules may be needed to align with recent legislation.

Date Activity
04/23/2014 Start of rule making – CR-101 WSR-14-09-119 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf).

Managing State Print Operations 

This rule making activity is needed in order to put in place requirements and guidance for state agencies to use in managing their printing operations. Print operations includes agency-based printing and print jobs that require the services of a print shop.

In addition, rules are needed in order to implement managed print strategies to track, manage, and reduce agency-based printing.

View the rule making timeline and Frequently Asked Questions.

Date Activity
10/10/2014 View written comments received on the proposed rules during the Public Comment Period.
10/03/2014 A public hearing was held on September 15, 2014 at the Department of Enterprise Services, 1500 Jefferson Street SE, Presentation Room, Olympia, WA 98504. Official Hearing Transcript (pdf)
09/17/2014 Public comment period closes.
09/15/2014
2:30 p.m.
Public Hearing: Enterprise Services will share the Official Hearing Transcript when it is available.

Meeting location:
Department of Enterprise Services
1500 Jefferson Street SE, Presentation Room
Olympia, WA 98504
08/26/2014 Announcement - Release of proposed rules (pdf)
08/20/2014 Proposed rule published online in the Washington State Register
08/20/2014 Public comment period opens
Written comment on the proposed rules will be accepted using our online comment form.
08/06/2014 Proposed rule filed with the Office of the Code Reviser
Proposed rulemaking - CR-102 WSR 14-16-122 (pdf) and Proposed Rule Language (pdf)
Note: The public comment period has been extended from September 4, 2014 to September 17, 2014.
07/02/2014
10 a.m. to Noon
Stakeholder meeting: Enterprise Services will share preliminary rule language and guidelines with stakeholders in advance of filing proposed rules.

Meeting location:
Department of Enterprise Services
1500 Jefferson Street SE, Conference Room 2208
Olympia, WA 98504
12/11/2013
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Stakeholder Meeting to provide feedback on draft language.

Department of Enterprise Services
1500 Jefferson Street, Conference Room 2208
Olympia, WA 98504
10/21/2013
9 a.m. to Noon
Stakeholder Meeting to provide feedback on draft language.

Department of Enterprise Services
1500 Jefferson Street, Conference Room 2208
Olympia, WA 98504

09/23/2013
9 a.m. to Noon

Stakeholder Meeting to provide feedback on draft language.

Department of Enterprise Services
1500 Jefferson Street, Conference Room 2208
Olympia, WA 98504
02/16/2013

CR-101 published in the Washington State Register
Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – WSR 13-03-115 published online in the Washington State Register Issue 13-03.

01/18/2013

Start of rule making
CR-101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – WSR 13-03-115 (PDF) filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.

Rules adopted in the past 6 months

Employee Training and Development

This rule making activitiy is necessary to align state personnel training rules with current circumstances and to correct errors.

WAC 200-600-030 requires agencies to report to the department of enterprise services their compliance with sexual harassment awareness and prevention training requirements under WAC 357-34-100 and 357-34-105. WAC 200-600-030 rule is no longer needed because a system is in place that automatically captures relevant state agency training information and is capable of providing reports sufficient to comply with the requirements. This system is known as the Learning Management System (LMS) and is managed by DES.

Date Activity
09/22/2014 Objection period ends. No objections were received.
08/06/2014 WSR-14-15-155 published in the Washington State Register.
Start of the objection period. Submit an objection to this rule making effort.
07/23/2014 Start of rule making — CR-105 WSR-14-15-155 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf). CR-105 WSR-14-15-155 attachment (pdf).
10/15/2014 CR-103 Rule Making Order - WSR 14-21-102OTS-6544.1 - WAC Chapter 200-600-015 amended. WAC 200-600-030 repealed. View the Procurement Reform Rule Making Docket.​
10/14/2014 Announcement — Enterprise Services has made a decision to adopt the proposed rule. The CR-103 has been filed with the Office of the Code Reviser. The new rule will take effect on November 15, 2014.

Procurement Reform 

Under HB 2452 (2012), laws relating to the procurement of goods and services were reorganized and recodified into a new chapter in Title 39 RCW. The processes for procurement of personal services contracts, or services, were combined with the processes for procurement of goods.

As a direct result of the passage of HB 2452, sections of chapters 200-300 and 200-310 are invalid or are no longer relevant. This rule change consolidates and aligns the remaining sections with current law and statewide procurement policy.

Date Activity
06/30/2014 CR-103 Rule Making Order - WSR 14-14-090
OTS-6327.1 – Chapter 200-310 WAC Relationship and Procedures between Division of Purchasing and State Agencies: Chapter repealed in its entirety.
OTS-6328.3 – Chapter 200-300 WAC Office of State Procurement: 1 new section added, 3 sections amended, 35 sections repealed.
View the Procurement Reform Rule Making Docket.
06/27/2014 Enterprise Services has made a decision to adopt the proposed rule. The CR-103 has been filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.
The new rule will take effect in July 31, 2014.
06/21/2014 Objection period ends with no objections received.
DES starts preparation to file for adoption with the Office of the Code Reviser.
05/07/2014 Notice of rule making published in the Washington Register.
04/23/2014 Start of expedited rule making – CR-105 WSR 14-09-123 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf).
Repeal of chapter 200-310 (pdf).
Amend and repeal parts of chapter 200-300 (pdf).

Competitive Contracting 

The state Court of Appeals, Division II, invalidated rules under Chapter 200-320 WAC Competitive Contracting that relate to the definition of displaced employee. The Department of Enterprise Services is using the state expedited rule making process to repeal these rules. These changes have no effect on the competitive bidding process under state law (RCW 41.06.142). View additional information related to the court's ruling.

Date Activity
05/27/2014 CR-103 Rule Making Order - WSR 14-11-102
OTS-6394 – Competitive Contracting rules as amended and repealed
05/20/2014 Enterprise Services has made a decision to adopt the proposed rule. The CR-103 has been filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.
View the Competitive Contracting Rule Making Docket.
The new rule will take effect in June 21, 2014.
05/05/2014 Objection period ends with no objections received.
DES starts preparation to file for adoption with the Office of the Code Reviser.
03/19/2014 Notice of rule making published in the Washington State Register.
View the briefing paper regarding this rule making effort.
03/05/2014 Start of rule making
Expedited rule making – CR-105 WSR 14-16-099 and WSR 14-06-099 attachment filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf).

Self-insurance requirements governing local government and non-profit self-insurance risk pools

These rules clarify solvency and operational requirements in order to reduce risks for local governments and non-profit members:

  • Increase the combined asset requirements for risk pools from the current 70 percent to the 80 percent confidence level.
  • Identify the procedure to be followed by the state risk manager when a pool operating under the supervision of the state risk manager declines to the point that monetary reserves available to pay claims fall below the 70 percent confidence level.
  • Require risk pools to provide audited financial statements to the state risk manager within eight months of fiscal year end.
Date Activity
02/18/2014 CR-103 Rule Making Order - WSR 14-05-079
WSR 14-05-079 - attachment
OTS-5637.1 - Self-insurance rules as amended
02/14/2014 Enterprise Services has made a decision to adopt the proposed rule. The CR-103 has been filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.
View the Concise Explanatory Statement.
View the Frequently Asked Questions.
View the Self-insurance Rule Making Docket.
The new rule will take effect in January of 2015.
01/09/2014
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Hearing at Enterprise Services
Presentation Room
1500 Jefferson Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

View Frequently Asked Questions about this rule making effort.

Official Hearing Transcript
12/09/2013 thru 01/11/2014 The public comment period is re-opened. Submit a comment online or via email at rules@des.wa.gov.
12/09/2013 Enterprise Services delays adoption of the rule and releases the Preliminary Concise Explanatory Statement. A continuance was also filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.
10/11/2013 thru 12/03/2013 Public and written comments are reviewed and discussed before a decision is made to adopt the proposed rule
10/11/2013 Public comment period closes
Written comments received during the public comment period
10/02/2013 A public hearing was held at Central Washington University, Student Union Building Room 137B, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926
An Information Packet was sent to all interested parties in advance of the hearing. Official Hearing Transcript (pdf)
09/30/2013 A public hearing was held at Room 1213, 1500 Jefferson Building Olympia 98504
An Information Packet was sent to all interested parties in advance of the hearing. Official Hearing Transcript (pdf)
09/04/2013 Proposed rule WSR 13-17-106 published online in the Washington State Register
08/21/2013 Public comment period opens
Written comment on the proposed rules was accepted using our online comment form.
08/21/2013 Announcement - Release of proposed rules (pdf)
08/21/2013 Proposed rule filed with the Office of the Code Reviser
Proposed rule making - CR-102 WSR 13-17-106 (pdf) and Proposed Rule Language (pdf)
06/28/2013 Start of rule making

CR-101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – WSR 13-14-065 (PDF) filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.
06/17/2013 CR-101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – WSR 13-14-065 published online in the Washington State Register.

Debarment Procedures (Chapter 200-305 WAC)- effective May 18, 2013

These rules establish the debarment process required by procurement reform legislation. Under procurement reform legislation, the director of the Department of Enterprise Services may debar a vendor from future state contracting opportunities:

  • If the director finds cause.
  • Provides notice to the vendor and any affiliates.
  • Gives an opportunity to be heard.
Date Activity
05/18/2013 Rule effective
Chapter 200-305 Debarment Procedures available online
05/1/2013 Permanent rule published in the Washington State Register
Permanent Rule WSR 13-09-069 published online.
04/17/2013 DES adopts rule
Permanent Rule Making Order – CR-103 WSR 13-09-069 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf).
Final rule text (pdf)
03/18/2013 to 04/16/2013 Proposed rule revised. No substantial changes made.
Comprehensive Explanatory Statement (pdf)
03/18/2013 Public Hearing
Comments will be received at a public hearing held in the 1500 Jefferson Building Presentation Room in Olympia. The hearing will start at 8 A.M. A Public Hearing Notice will be posted on this site and sent to all interested parties in advance of the hearing.
01/02/2013 to 03/25/2013 Public Comment Period Opens
Written comment on the proposed rules will be accepted using our online comment form. Please note: The comment period ends on March 25, 2013.
01/16/2013 Proposed rule published in the Washington State Register.
Proposed Rules WSR 13-02-102 published online
01/07/2013 Announcement – Release of proposed debarment rules.
01/02/2013

Proposed rule filed with the Office of the Code Reviser
Proposed Rule Making - CR-102 WSR 13-02-102 (pdf).
Proposed rule text (pdf)

08/15/2012 CR-101 published in the Washington State Register
Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – WSR 13-16-098 published online.
08/01/2012 Start of rule making
Preproposal Statement of Inquiry - WSR 12-16-098 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf).