Nassau Seeks Input on Expected Contract Concerning Expansion of Participation Among Minority, Woman, and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses in Government Procurements
Effort designed to increase future capacity of businesses to win County contracts
Ahead of 7/19 submission deadline, County to hold info session on 6/28
MINEOLA – As part of her Administration’s continued efforts to open doors and create opportunities for all residents to participate in County government, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today announced a “Request for Expressions of Interest” (RFEI) as a precursor to a full Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Disparity Study and Consultant Services which the County intends to issue later this summer.
Thanks to a concerted push by County Executive Curran and with bipartisan Legislative support, Nassau County’s capital budget provided $500K for a Disparity Study to gather data about the availability and utilization of Minority, Woman, and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (MWBEs/SDVOBs) in the County. The RFEI seeks input from governmental partners, community stakeholders and experts on capacity building in the crafting of the County’s RFP.
Nassau County will hold an information session for interested parties on Friday June 28, 2019 from 10:00-11:30 am (details to be posted on Friday June 21st). RFEI responses of up to 5 pages will be due July 19, 2019. The County will incorporate comments from the RFEI process into its final RFP.
“When it comes to doing business with Nassau County, we are setting a new standard of transparency and inclusion,” said County Executive Laura Curran. “However, we still have so much more potential to tap into, and this effort will help Nassau get the data we need to set meaningful participation goals and help build capacity amongst our minority, women and service-disabled veteran businesses.
“We crafted our draft RFP in a forward-looking way, with an emphasis on supporting participation in County procurements as well as county-wide opportunities with our municipal subdivisions,” said Evlyn Tsimis, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. “But rather than simply issue an RFP to hire a consultant, we want to first get input from a wide array of experts and stakeholders to make sure we get robust participation in the effort and that we get it right.”
“We have an estimated 40,000 minority-owned businesses in the County, but we don’t have comprehensive information on what goods and services they can offer, or how they are faring in neighboring markets,” said Dr. Regina Williams, Acting Executive Director of the Office of Minority Affairs. “This is a vital step Nassau County is taking to identify where we are falling short and provide a roadmap for positioning our MWBE/SDVOB businesses for greater success in winning County contracts.”
As outlined in the RFEI, the primary objectives of the draft Disparity Study and Consultant Services contract are to:
The Curran Administration has taken on a comprehensive effort to establish systems and protocols to promote transparency, fairness, inclusion in County contracting processes, and support for women, minority, and veteran owned businesses. Key Administration initiatives to date include:
The County Executive has also spearheaded efforts to be inclusive of all minority populations by establishing the first Office of Asian American Affairs and revitalizing the Office of Hispanic Affairs (formerly known as “CASA”).
Those interested in reviewing the Disparity study RFEI details can find it in its entirety by going to the Nassau County website.