TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE PROCUREMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, & SOCIAL SERVICES BY STATE AGENCIES

Catherine E. Pugh, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)
Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Governor: Sheldon D. Glass, M.D.; James L. Kunz; Walter McNeil; Lucy L. Slaich, Esq.; Marti G. Worshtil. Terms expire 2012.

Appointed by Senate President: William C. Ferguson IV; Catherine E. Pugh.

Appointed by House Speaker: Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk; Kirill Reznik.

Ex officio: John B. Howard, Jr., designee of Attorney General; Susanne Brogan, Esq., designee of State Treasurer; Joel B. Leberknight, designee of Secretary of Budget & Management; Albert K. Annan, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Michael F. Haifley, designee of Secretary of General Services; Gary I. Goldberg, designee of Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; Sandra Johnson, designee of Secretary of Human Resources; Margo M. Wilson, designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services; Merril Oliver, designee of Director, Governor's Grants Office; Janice Montague, designee of Special Secretary of Minority Affairs.

Staff: Mary Jo Childs, Esq.

c/o Board of Public Works
Goldstein Treasury Building, Room 117
80 Calvert St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-7335
e-mail: mchilds@comp.state.md.us

In July 2008, the Task Force to Study the Procurement of Health and Social Services by State Agencies was formed (Chapters 438 & 439, Acts of 2008). In June 2010, it was renamed the Task Force to Study the Procurement of Health, Education, and Social Services by State Agencies (Chapter 683, Acts of 2010).

Because the procurement of health, education, and social services by State agencies varies due to exemptions and noncompetitive negotiated awards, the Task Force first evaluated current procurement practices. It examined how timely requests for proposals are prepared and issued, and how quickly contractors are paid by State agencies procuring services. Standardization of contracting processes, documents, and required documentation also was considered by the Task Force. Other issues, such as current State laws or regulations, that affect the efficiency and cost of procuring health and human services were to be identified by the Task Force.

In formulating its recommendations, the Task Force considered how the procurement process affects quality and continuity of services; the cost and benefits of the current procurement process; and what impact procurement requirements have on the number and diversity of providers.

In November 2011, the Task Force submitted its final report to the Governor and the General Assembly.

Authorization for the Task Force ended June 30, 2012 (Chapter 683, Acts of 2010).

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