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.
View the current targeted project schedule.
The policy will:
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
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.
View the Enterprise Procurement Policy schedule.