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.
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.
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.
The draft 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.