To Our Colleagues:
The City is discontinuing our Small Works Roster effective March 1, 2012. As you know, we established the Roster some years ago for construction projects under $300,000. However, the Roster does not meet our expectations and was rarely used.
A significant reason is basic efficiency. With 761 contractors on the Roster, only 6 projects were issued last year. That means only a handful of companies got an opportunity to quote, despite the effort to apply and sustain the Roster. We don’t wish to sustain processes without a reasonable shot at real work.
WMBE is an important measure for City Purchasing, for Mayor Mike McGinn and the City. The Roster has very disappointing results for WMBE. It seems more an obstacle for WMBE firms. WMBE firms had a harder time winning work through the Roster than our Job Order Contracts (JOC) or even traditional bids. We do not intend to support contract methods that create institutional or structural barriers for WMBE firms, and we intend to focus our work instead on contract methods that provide more equitable results.
We may establish custom-made rosters in the future, for specialized work with sufficient City department funding to merit, and will advertise those as appropriate when they arise.
Thanks for your ongoing support.
Nancy Locke, Director