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A. Two Important Changes That Impact Government Procurements In New York.

In May, 2014, New York issued the long-awaited Procurement Guidelines. The Guidelines contain a detailed review of procurement basics and general rules for solicitations. There is a complete discussion of Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) and Request for Proposals (“RFP”), the two major procurement tools. www.ogs.ny.gov/bu/pc/docs/Guidelines.pdf

The second major change concerns procurement ethics. Procurements in New York are subject to the Procurement Lobbying Act. Actions such as providing a vendor with information that is not available to other vendors, accepting a gift, or having lunch with a potential vendor may violate this state ethics law.