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Draft Policies - Guidelines Under Review

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Supplier Diversity Policy

A statewide Disparity Study calls for changes to current state procurement practices and policies so they will not perpetuate systemic disparities. For real change to occur, a supplier diversity policy is needed that will require agencies to align their practices with recommendations from both the study and the Governor’s Subcabinet on Business Diversity.

The supplier diversity policy that DES is developing with Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE), Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and the Office of Equity will significantly change how agencies do their own procurements and also affect state master contracts.

Provide feedback

DES is seeking feedback on an initial discussion draft through October 31, 2021, including during the Aug. 18 policy workshop sessions. The focus is to share the Supplier Diversity policy in its draft phase. Your feedback will be helpful in shaping the development of the resulting policy, related procedure, and training. DES has already received preliminary feedback from key partners and advisory groups.

View the Workshop Presentation PowerPoint.

Watch a recording of Workshop Session 1.

Watch a recording of Workshop Session 2.

Draft documents

How to comment – October 31, 2021

DES is especially interested in hearing thoughts on the following topics. Answers to these questions will be very helpful to us. Although we recognize that all questions do not apply to everyone, please provide any input where it applies to you and your organization.

  • Is there anything missing?
  • Is there anywhere the policy does not align with Disparity Study recommendations or the Subcabinet's Tools for Equity in Public Spending?
  • Is there anywhere the policy does not align with the intent of RCW 39.26.005, RCW 39.26.090(6), RCW 39.19.010, RCW 43.60A.200, as well as Executive Order 19-01.
  • Are there barriers to following the drafted policy?
  • What resources would be helpful?
  • Are there concerns about any unintended issues the policy would cause for businesses?
  • Are the policy and procedure drafts clear and easy to understand?
  • Suggestions for working within existing, older data systems to provide transparency until the implementation of One Washington, which will provide greater utility for inclusion efforts tied to data.

More about policy development

The draft will:

Prior work:

  • DES sought feedback on a policy concept in October 2019, which was used to develop a policy outline.
  • DES sought feedback on the outline in June 2020.
  • Late 2020 and early 2021: Policy development with DES supplier diversity staff, the state Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises and the Office of Equity.
  • May-June 2021: Work with DES advisory groups and key partners to refine the draft based on preliminary feedback.

Background

DES is the state's key procurement agency, and is tasked with overseeing enterprise procurement policy.

Other policy work related to supplier diversity

DES updated the Direct Buy policy to raise spending limits, as recommended by the Disparity Study.

Other DES business diversity work

DES is also working to implement Disparity Study recommendations as well as Tools for Equity in Public Spending within the agency. View information about DES business diversity efforts.

Questions

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DES' Enterprise Procurement Policy team by email at DESmiEnterpriseProcurementPolicy@des.wa.gov or by phone at (360) 407-2210.

 

Policies under review

View the Enterprise Procurement Policy schedule.