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74 O.S. § 85.31. Purchasing Division to Purchase All Bonds - Payment of Premiums - Approval

  1. Whenever any officer, statutory board, commission, committee, department, authority, or any state agent or agency by whatever name called, is authorized by any law of this state to purchase any official bond, surety bond, blanket bond, or surety contract upon any state officer or employee, the authority is hereby transferred and conferred upon the Purchasing Division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. The authority shall be exercised by the Purchasing Division in the manner pursuant to the provisions and requirements prescribed by Section 85.58A of this title. 
  2. The premium for a bond will be invoiced to the Purchasing Division and paid for by legislative appropriation set aside for that specific purpose. 
  3. If the legislative appropriation is insufficient to meet the cost of a bond, the State Purchasing Director in conjunction with the State Risk Administrator shall assess each entity covered by the bond a pro rata share of the excess cost amount. 
  4. A blanket bond shall be approved as to form and legal sufficiency by the general counsel of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and shall be filed with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. 

Associated Rules

In addition to terms defined in 74 O.S., §85.2, the following words or terms, when used in this Chapter shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Acceptable Electronic Signature Technology" means technology that is capable of creating a signature that is unique to the person using it; is capable of verification, is under the sole control of the person using it, and is linked to the data in such a manner that if the data is changed, the electronic signature is invalidated."Acquisition authority" means the dollar amount within which a state agency is approved to make acquisitions without submitting a requisition to the State Purchasing Director."Addendum" means a written modification to a contract."All or none bid" means a bid in which the bidder states only an award for all items or services included in the solicitation will be accepted."All or none solicitation" means a solicitation in which the state indicates it will award a contract to a single supplier for all items or service included in the solicitation."Alteration" means a modification a bidder makes to a solicitation response prior to the response due date."Alternate bid" or "alternative bid" means a bid or proposal, which contains an intentional substantive variation to a basic provision, specification, term or condition of the solicitation."Amendment" means a written change, addition, correction, or revision to a solicitation made by the state agency responsible for making the acquisition."Authorized signature" means a manual, electronic or digital signature or other identifier uniquely linked to a person authorized to sign documents the supplier submits to the State Purchasing Director."Best and Final Offer" or "BAFO" means a final offer submitted in writing by a bidder based on the outcome of negotiations."Bid bond", "performance bond" or "surety" means a form of surety or guaranty that the State Purchasing Director may require bidders to submit with a bid."Bidder" means an individual or business entity that submits a bid or proposal in response to an invitation to bid or a request for proposal. [74 O.S. §85.2] When used in this Chapter, bidder is synonymous with a “supplier” or “supplier” responding to a solicitation."Business days" means Monday through Friday and is exclusive of weekends and Oklahoma state holidays."Central Purchasing Division" means the Central Purchasing Division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services."Certified Procurement Officer" or "CPO" means a state agency procurement official certified as a procurement officer or analyst by the State Purchasing Director under the provisions of the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act."Chief Information Officer" means the chief administrative officer of the Information Services Division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services."Clarification" means a bidder’s explanation of all or part of a bid that does not change, alter or supplement the bid."Closing date/time" means the date and Central Time a solicitation specifies responses are due."Commodity classification" means numeric designations the State Purchasing Director assigns to classify goods and services into similar categories."Competitive solicitation" means a process for acquiring goods or services wherein bidders submit bids to the Central Purchasing Division or a state agency pursuant to terms, conditions and other requirements of a solicitation. The competitive solicitation process may be electronic when the terms of the solicitation expressly permit electronic submission and the requirements of applicable statutes and rules are met."Days" means calendar days unless otherwise specified."Debar" or "debarment" means action taken by the State Purchasing Director to exclude any business entity from inclusion on the Supplier List, bidding, offering to bid, receiving an award of contract with the State of Oklahoma for acquisitions by state agencies or a contract the Office of Management and Enterprise Services awards or administers and may also result in cancellation of existing contracts with the State of Oklahoma."Director" or "OMES Director" means the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services or his designee."Electronic Signature" means an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with a record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record. Unless otherwise provided by this Chapter or law, an electronic signature may be used to sign a document and shall have the same force and effect as a written signature."Emergency acquisition" means an acquisition made by the State Purchasing Director or a state agency without seeking competitive bids to relieve an unforeseen condition believed to place human life or safety in imminent danger or threaten significant property interests with imminent destruction; or, is a condition certified by the Governor as a serious environmental situation. [Reference 74 O.S. §85.7]"Firm bid" means an offer by a bidder which contains no conditions which may prevent acceptance and which, by its terms, remains open and binding until the State Purchasing Director accepts or rejects the bid."Fiscal year" means the period of time from July 1 of a calendar year through June 30 of the succeeding calendar year."Forms" means documents the OMES Director prescribes and requires suppliers and state agencies to use to provide information to OMES."Indefinite quantity contract" means a contract the State Purchasing Director, CIO, or a state agency establishes based on historical usage of a service or product rather than a specified quantity of said service or product and which does not obligate the State to purchase any certain amount."Information Services Division" means the Information Services Division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services."Information technology" or "IT" means any electronic information equipment or interconnected system that is used in the acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information, including audio, graphic, and text. [62 O.S. §34.29]"Invitation to bid" or "ITB" means a type of solicitation a state agency or the State Purchasing Director sends to suppliers to request submission of bids by suppliers for acquisitions."Invoice" refers to a proper invoice as defined by the State Comptroller."Material deficiency" or "material deviation" means a supplier’s failure to provide information necessary to evaluate a solicitation."Minor deficiency" or "minor informality" means an immaterial defect in a bid or variation in a bid from the exact requirements of a solicitation that may be corrected or waived without prejudice to other bidders. A minor deficiency or informality does not affect the price, quantity, quality, delivery or conformance to specifications and is negligible in comparison to the total cost or scope of the acquisition."Multi-award" means the award of a contract to two or more suppliers to furnish an indefinite quantity or category of item, where more than one supplier is needed to meet the contract requirements for quantity, delivery, service or product compatibility."Non-collusion certification" means a certification submitted by a supplier with any competitive bid or contract executed by the state for goods or services in accordance with 74 O.S. §85.22."Non-responsive" means a bid or proposal that has been determined not to conform to essential requirements of a solicitation."Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act" means 74 O.S. §§85.1 et seq."Oklahoma Correctional Industries" or "OCI" means a program of the State Department of Corrections for utilization of inmate labor for the manufacture or production of items or products for use by state agencies."Oklahoma Information Technology Accessibility Standards" or "IT Accessibility Standards" means the accessibility standards adopted by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, to address all technical standard categories of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220, August 7, 1998) to be used by each state agency in the procurement of information technology, and in the development and implementation of custom-designed information technology systems, web sites, and other emerging information technology systems."Office of Management and Enterprise Services" or "Office" or "OMES" means the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services."Online Bidding" means an electronic procurement process in which state agencies receive bids from suppliers for goods, services, construction, or information services over the Internet or other electronic medium in a real-time, competitive bidding event."Procurement" means buying, purchasing, renting, leasing, or otherwise acquiring any goods or services. The term also means all functions that pertain to the obtaining of any goods or services, including, but not limited to, the description of requirements, selection, and solicitation of sources, preparation and award of contracts, and all phases of contract administration."Ratification of an unauthorized commitment" means the act of approving an unauthorized commitment made by a state agency and the written agreement documenting the approval."Reciprocity" means a preference, which the State Purchasing Director or state agency shall apply against the price submitted for an acquisition by an out-of-state bidder whose home state applies a similar preference against Oklahoma bidders."Registered supplier" means a supplier that registers with the Central Purchasing Division pursuant to 74 O.S. §85.33."Remedy" means to cure, alter, correct or change."Request for information" or "RFI" means a non-binding procurement practice used to obtain information, comments, and feedback from interested parties or potential suppliers prior to issuing a solicitation."Request for proposal" or "RFP" means a type of solicitation a state agency or the State Purchasing Director provides to suppliers requesting submission of proposals for acquisitions. "Request for quotation" or "RFQ" means a simplified written or oral solicitation a state agency or the State Purchasing Director provides to suppliers requesting submission of a quote for acquisitions."Requisition number" means an identifier the state agency or OMES assigns to a requisition."Requisitioning unit" means the unit in a state agency responsible for making acquisitions."Responsible supplier" means a supplier who demonstrates capabilities in all respects to fully perform the requirements of a contract that may include, but may not be limited to, finances, credit history, experience, integrity, perseverance, reliability, capacity, facilities and equipment, and performance history which will ensure good faith performance."Responsive" means a bid or proposal that has been determined to conform to the essential requirements of a solicitation."Reverse Auctioning" means a procurement method wherein pre-qualified bidders are invited to bid on specified goods or services through real-time electronic bidding, with the award being made to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. During the bidding process, bidders’ price positions are revealed and bidders shall have the opportunity to modify their bid prices for the duration of the time period established by the solicitation."Scheduled acquisition" means a recurring acquisition that consolidates multiple state agency requirements for a given commodity or group of commodities."State official" means a person that works for a department, state agency, trusteeship, authority, school district, fair board, advisory group, task force or study group supported in whole or in part by public funds or administering or operating public property."State Purchasing Director" means the director of the Central Purchasing Division of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services appointed by the OMES Director; and, includes any employee or agent of the State Purchasing Director, acting within the scope of delegated authority. [74 O.S. §85.2] Unless otherwise stated, the term includes employees of the Central Purchasing Division and state agency purchasing officials certified by the State Purchasing Director to which the State Purchasing Director has lawfully delegated authority to act on his or her behalf. In regards to the procurement of information technology or telecommunications, the term means the Chief Information Officer of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services."State Use Committee" means the statutory Committee that certifies severely disabled individuals and sheltered workshops as qualified organizations to contract with the state to provide products and services, which are designated in the State Use Committee procurement schedule for state agency acquisitions pursuant to 74 O.S. §§ 3001 et seq."Statement of Work" means a detailed description of the work which a state agency requires a contractor or supplier to perform or accomplish."Supplier" or "supplier" means an individual or business entity that sells or desires to sell acquisitions to state agencies [74 O.S. §85.2]."Supplier performance evaluation" means information a state agency or OMES Procurement provides to the State Purchasing Director, in a manner the OMES Director prescribes, that documents the quality of service or products provided by a supplier."Supplier registration" means a process a supplier uses to register with the Central Purchasing Division to automatically receive solicitations based on a commodity class for a specified period of time."Supplier List" means a list of individuals or business entities that have registered with the Central Purchasing Division in order to receive notification of solicitations for commodities specified in their registration application."Suspension" means an action by the State Purchasing Director to suspend a supplier’s authority to be included on the Supplier List, be eligible to submit bids to state agencies and be awarded a contract by a state agency subject to the Central Purchasing Act."Utility service" or "utilities" means a public service furnishing electricity, natural gas, water, or sewage.

Associated Attorney General Opinions

Purchase of an additional surety bond to supplement the blanket bond contemplated under 74 O.S. § 85.29 is not authorized under related statutes in the Central Purchasing Act and the amounts set forth in §85.29 are controlling with respect to the authority provided in §85.28. Section 85.31 expressly transfers and confers upon the Purchasing Division the authority to purchase any official, surety and blanket bonds or surety contract authorized by state law.

Note: this Opinion was issued prior to enactment of 74 O.S. §85.58A et seq., which tasks OMES Risk Management with obtaining these blanket bonds.

See 74.O.S. §§85.26 through 85.31.

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