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Changes to Procurement System Take Effect July 31

Jul 14, 2017

For MLC clients working in the procurement system, please take note, the State of Michigan’s new procurement system will take effect July 31.  Those wishing to do business with the State of Michigan will need to register in the new SIGMA VSS system.  However, if you are currently receiving payments through the State of Michigan […]

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Contract Bid Scorecard Legislation Moving

Jun 16, 2017

Under legislation recently introduced, Senate Bill 177 would require the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and all state agencies with procurement authority to use a bid scorecard system when awarding contracts worth $100,000 or more.  Under the bill, contract bids would be tallied based on the following: 10% on technical and critical performance […]

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Legislature Passes Bill Making Changes to Procurement

Apr 07, 2017

In January, legislation was introduced exempting certain records related to procurement from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  In our first blog post on the bill, MLC’s procurement expert, Tony Des Chenes, provided an overview of the legislation as introduced and why it’s important to our clients during the procurement process.  In addition to certain […]

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Nationwide Procurement Officials Gather for Conference

Mar 14, 2017

The 2017 National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Exchange has started in St. Louis.  The NASPO Exchange is an opportunity for vendors to meet and network with state procurement officials from around the country.  The event kicked-off on Sunday with an inspiring presentation from former NFL player and coach and ESPN personality, Herm Edwards.   […]

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House Committee Reports FOIA Protections Bill

Feb 24, 2017

On Wednesday, the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee reported legislation exempting certain records related to purchasing and contracts from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Last week on the MLC Blog, our in-house procurement specialist, Tony Des Chenes, provided a full overview of the legislation.  To read his blog post, please click here.  The bill has […]

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Senate Passes Bill Protecting State Bids from FOIA

Feb 17, 2017

This week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 69, amending the Management and Budget Act.  Under the bill as passed, it would provide that certain records related to purchasing and contract by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This could be a game changer […]

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Changing the Conversation: Neutralizing Legislation

Nov 16, 2016

Lansing-based DBI Office Interiors unknowingly faced a budget bill that threatened its business with the State of Michigan. The company, which for more than 30 years supplied furniture for the State of Michigan, in addition to providing stable employment for the Lansing area, was up against a bill with language that would limit the state’s […]

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