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Debarment Fines

State law under RCW 39.26.200 allows the director of the Department of Enterprise Services to debar a vendor from future state contracting opportunities. In 2013, Enterprise Services put rules in place laying out the debarment process (see chapter 200-305 WAC).

In the 2015 legislative session, the Legislature authorized Enterprise Services to fine a contractor as an alternative to debarment. However, Enterprise Services must first establish the fining process by rule. See SHB 1447.

Important Documents

Stakeholder Workshop Notice

Date Activity
10/19/2015 Stakeholder Workshop - Private Businesses
Monday, Oct. 19, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Workshop will be held in Olympia at 1500 Jefferson St., Room 2208.
10/05/2015 Stakeholder Workshop - State agencies
Monday, Oct. 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Workshop will be held in Olympia at 1500 Jefferson St., Room 2208.
09/21/2015 Stakeholder Workshop - Procurement Customer Advisory Group
Monday, Sept. 21, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Workshop will be held in Olympia at 1500 Jefferson St., Room 2208.
09/16/2015 WSR 15-18-112 to be published online in the Washington State Register Issue 15-18.
09/02/2015 Start of rulemaking – Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – CR-101 WSR 15-18-112 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser
07/01/2015 Placed on the agency rulemaking agenda. Preproposal filing anticipated in July 2015 and proposed rule filing anticipated by November 2015.
04/21/2015 Governor signs SHB 1447 authorizing the Department of Enterprise Services to impose fines as an alternative to debarment. SHB 1447 further directs the department to establish a civil fining process by rule.

Rules adopted in the past 6 months

Credit, Charge or Purchasing Cards

Under HB 2452 (2012), commonly known as Procurement Reform, RCW 43.19.185 was repealed. RCW 43.19.185 mandated the development of credit card systems and rules relating to the use of credit cards by state agencies and departments.

While the development of credit card policies and standards are required under HB 2452, credit card rules are no longer required.

In addition, fully developed and operational credit card systems, controls and policies are in place and widely used and followed by state agencies and departments.

Because of this, chapter 200-370 is no longer relevant.

Important Documents

Rulemaking docket

Repeal message

Date Activity
02/01/2016 Proposed rule changes adopted and filed as WSR 16-04-094 and attachment. Rule becomes effective in 31 days.
07/10/2015 rulemaking restarted. WSR 15-15-066 & WSR Attachment
07/07/2015 Proposed rules withdrawn by the Statute Law Committee. WSR 15-15-022
02/23/2015 Objection period ends. No objections were received.
12/16/2014 Start of rulemaking – CR-105 WSR-15-01-066 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf). CR-105 WSR 15-01-066 attachment

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

As part of the Department of Enterprise Services’ (DES) responsibility to keep the state Capitol Campus safe for everyone, the department is proposing rules that will mostly prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on the 486-acre Olympia campus. Learn more about Unmanned Aircraft Systems rulemaking.

Important Documents

Date Activity
01/11/2016 Proposed rule adopted without changes and filed as WSR 16-03-26.
12/28/2015 Public comment period closes.
12/22/2015
6 p.m.
Public Hearing: Enterprise Services will share the Official Hearing Transcript on this site when it is available.

Meeting location:
Department of Enterprise Services
1500 Jefferson Street SE, Presentation Room
Olympia, WA 98504

Directions and Map
12/02/2015 Proposed rule to be published online in Issue 15-23 of the Washington State Register
11/19/2015 Announcement - Release of proposed rules.
11/18/2015 Public comment period opens.
Written comment on the proposed rules will be accepted using our online comment form.
11/18/2015 Proposed rule filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.
Proposed rulemaking - CR-102 WSR 15-23-111 and Proposed Rule Language
10/08/2015 Stakeholder Workshop: State and Local Governments; 3 to 5 p.m., 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia, Room 2208.
Or submit your comments online.
10/06/2015 Stakeholder Workshop: Security Groups; 8 a.m. to noon, John L. O’Brien Building, Room 102.
Or submit your comments online.
10/01/2015 Stakeholder Workshop: Hobbyists; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia, Room 2208.
Or submit your comments online.
09/29/2015 Stakeholder Workshop: Business Interests; 3 to 5 p.m., 1500 Jefferson Street, Olympia, Room 2208.
Or submit your comments online.
09/23/2015 Start of rulemaking – Preproposal Statement of Inquiry – CR-101 WSR 15-19-162 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser.

General Rule Update

This expedited rulemaking will amend agency rules to make sure that agency name, locations, and division name and program name changes and current and accurate. References to rules that no longer exist or have been re-codified will be updated as well.

The existing rules affected are those that were transferred from the former Department of General Administration, the former Department of Personnel, and the Office of Financial Management to the Department of Enterprise Services in 2011.

Date Activity
11/13/2015 Proposed rule changes adopted and filed as WSR 15-23-062 and attachments. Rule becomes effective in 31 days.
10/22/2015 Proposed rule adopted without changes.
07/30/2015 Start of rulemaking – Expedited Rule Making – CR-105 WSR 15-16-070 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser

Attachments to WSR 15-16-070:
07/01/2015 Placed on the agency rulemaking agenda. Proposed rule filing anticipated in July 2015 and final rule adoption anticipated by September of 2015.

Self-Insurance

Under SB 5119, the authority for nonprofit corporations to join a self-insurance program with other nonprofit corporations was removed from chapter 48.62 RCW and placed in its own chapter to clarify that nonprofit corporations and local governments are separate and cannot commingle for the purposes of creating insurance risk pools. In addition, nonprofit corporations are authorized to enter into joint self-insurance programs with similar entities from other states, subject to specified conditions.

Because of these changes to state law, changes are necessary to current Risk Management rules under Title 200 WAC.

Important Documents

NPIP Suggested Rule Changes
July 9 Work Session Summary
Notification Start of rulemaking
rulemaking Approach
rulemaking Docket
Local Government Insurance Draft
Nonprofit Insurance Draft
Notice of Filing Delay

Date Activity
10/22/2015 Proposed rule changes adopted and filed as WSR 15-22-011, OTS-7328.1, and OTS-7327.1
10/22/2015 Executive Summary
10/09/2015

Comment period ends.

10/07/2015

Oct. 7 Western Washington hearings

The Oct. 7 hearings will be held at the Legislative Building, Sid Snyder Ave. S.W., Columbia Room.

  • 9 a.m. to noon: Hearing on proposed nonprofit risk pool rules.
  • 1 to 4 p.m.: Hearing on proposed local government risk pool rules.

View the hearing announcement. If you are unable to attend the hearing and would like to provide your comments, please use the online comment form.

10/06/2015

Oct. 6 Eastern Washington hearings

The Oct. 6 hearings will be held in Ellensburg at Central Washington University, 1007 N. Chestnut, Student Union and Recreation Center Room 301.

  • 9 a.m. to noon: Hearing on proposed nonprofit risk pool rules.
  • 1 to 4 p.m.: Hearing on proposed local government risk pool rules.

View the hearing announcement. If you are unable to attend the hearing and would like to provide your comments, please use the online comment form.

09/02/2015 Proposed rules published online in Issue 15-18 of the Washington State Register. Public comment period opens. Written comment on the proposed rules will be accepted using our online comment form or by email at rules@des.wa.gov.
08/19/2015 Start of rulemaking - WSR 15-18-006 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf). Attachments to WSR 15-18-006: Proposed Chapters 200-100 (pdf) and 200-150 (pdf).
08/06/2015 Third work session held. Based on the third work session, the draft rules are now available for feedback. At this point, the department is looking for fatal flaws in the draft language. These would need to be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Friday, August 14. Submit your feedback via the Work Session Online Feedback Form on the draft language for local government and the draft language for nonprofit corporation. (See Notice)
07/15/2015 Second work session held. Based on the second work session, an initial draft rule for local government self-insurance programs and an initial draft rule for nonprofit corporation self-insurance programs were refined. Submit your thoughts throughout the work sessions via the Work Session Online Feedback Form.
07/09/2015 First work session held. Based on the first work session, an initial draft rule for local government self-insurance programs and an initial draft rule for nonprofit corporation self-insurance programs has been developed. Submit your thoughts throughout the work sessions via the Work Session Online Feedback Form.
07/09/2015 to 07/22/2015 DES will hold a series of work sessions with interested stakeholders. During these work sessions, DES and stakeholders will collaborate and jointly develop rules. Shortly after the final session, DES will file the proposed rules with the Office of the Code Reviser for publication in the next Washington State Register.

Times and locations:

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 9
1500 Jefferson Street, Room 2208
Olympia, WA 98504

Noon to 2 p.m. July 15
1500 Jefferson Street, Room 2208
Olympia, WA 98504

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, July 22
1500 Jefferson Street, Room 2208
Olympia, WA 98504

Submit your thoughts throughout the work sessions via the Work Session Online Feedback Form.
07/01/2015 WSR 15-13-136 to be published online in the Washington State Register Issue 15-13.
06/17/2015 Start of rulemaking – Preproposal Statement of Inquiry - CR-101 WSR-15-15-136 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf).
04/25/2015 Governor signs SB 5119 providing authority for two or more nonprofit corporations to participate in a joint self-insurance program covering property or liability risks.

Display of Flags on the Capitol Campus

Chapter 200-240 governs where flags may be displayed on the state Capitol Campus and who may allow flags other than the United States flag and the Washington State flags to be flown.

Rules were first adopted in 1976 and are no longer in alignment with current law and practice. This update is needed to clarify that other flags may be flown and to clarify that the borders of the state capitol campus are those designated by the state capitol committee.

Important Documents

Rulemaking Docket
Notification DES Adopts Rules

Date Activity
10/07/2015 Permanent Rule to be published online in Issue 15-19 of the Washington State Register.
10/05/2015 Rule becomes effective.
09/03/2015 Announcement – DES adopts changes to Display of Flags – State Capitol Grounds rules (pdf).
09/02/2015 DES adopts changes to Chapter 200-240 WAC. Permanent Rulemaking Order – WSR 15-19-014 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser. (pdf)
09/01/2015 Objection period ends.
07/15/2015 CR-105 and proposed rules to be published in the Washington State Register. Objection period begins.
07/01/2015 Restart of rulemaking – CR-105 Expedited Rulemaking WSR 15-14-114 filed along with revised proposed rule language.
06/17/2015 CR-105 WSR 15-06-004 withdrawn. WSR 15-11-137 Letter of withdrawal (pdf) to be published in Issue 15-14 of the Washington State Register.
05/04/2015 Objection period ends.
03/18/2015 CR-105 and proposed rules to be published in the Washington State Register.

Objection period begins. Submit your objections online.
02/18/2015 Start of rulemaking – CR-105 WSR 15-06-004 and proposed rule language filed with the Office of the Code Reviser (pdf).

Managing State Print Operations 

This rulemaking activity is needed to put requirements and guidance in place 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 to implement managed print strategies to track, manage, and reduce agency-based printing.

Important Documents

Date Activity
08/24/2015 Rule becomes effective
06/19/2015 Announcement – DES adopts Managing State Print Operations rules (pdf)
06/17/2015 Permanent Rule to be published online in Issue 15-12 of the Washington State Register.
05/26/2015 DES adopts Chapter 200-380 Print Management Permanent Rulemaking Order – WSR 15-12-099 filed with the Office of the Code Reviser. (PDF)
01/21/2015 View written comments received on the proposed rules during the Public Comment Period.
01/09/2015 to 03/26/2015 DES has reviewed the public and written comments before making a decision to adopt the proposed rule. Read the Comprehensive Explanatory Statement (PDF)
01/09/2015 Public Comment Period closes.
01/08/2015 A public hearing was held on January 6, 2015 at the Department of Enterprise Services, 1500 Jefferson Street SE, Presentation Room, Olympia, WA 98504. Official Hearing Transcripts (pdf)
01/06/2015 A public hearing will be held as part of the extended public comment period. (View the meeting notice.)

Starting time and location:
2 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2015
1500 Jefferson Street
Presentation Room
Olympia, WA 98504
12/05/2014 DES has adopted Guidelines for Managing Printing Operations. (View the meeting notice.)
12/03/2014 Release of proposed rules and a Supplemental Notice extending the public comment period.
12/02/2015 DES will share the proposed Managing Print Guidelines with stakeholders in advance of adopting the Guidelines and subsequent filing a supplemental notice to extend the public comment period. (View the meeting notice.)

Starting time and location:
3 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2014
1500 Jefferson Street
Presentation Room
Olympia, WA
12/2/2014 to 1/9/2015 DES intends to release new proposed rules and file a continuance to open the public comment period on the proposed rules. (See notice)
10/29/2014 to 11/18/2014

DES has revisited the proposed rule and guidelines and determined significant changes are needed. DES will hold a series of work sessions with stakeholders to identify successful strategies to include in the rule and guideline and determine if other changes are needed.

Times and locations:

9:10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 29, 2014
1500 Jefferson Street, Presentation Room
Olympia, WA 98504

9:10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 5, 2014
1500 Jefferson Street, Presentation Room
Olympia, WA 98504

4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 2014
Legislative Building, Columbia Room
Olympia, WA 98504

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18, 2014
1500 Jefferson Street, Presentation Room
Olympia, WA 98504

Submit your thoughts via the Work Session Online Feedback Form.

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