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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.

View the current targeted project schedule.

Policy development

Next steps:

  • DES reviews comments and responds to feedback, and will post Information online.
  • DES works with advisory groups and key partners to update the policy draft.
  • DES seeks feedback on the updated draft.

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.
  • August 2021 through October 2021: DES sought feedback on an initial discussion draft for the policy. DES received more than 1,400 individual comments on these draft documents:

More about policy development

The policy will:

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.