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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.

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.