DES is developing a supplier diversity policy that will encourage purchasing goods and services from Washington veteran-owned as well as small businesses. Many small businesses also are diverse businesses. It does not affect public works contracting.
DES is also currently working to refine an initial discussion draft with its advisory groups and key partners.
DES anticipates widely releasing the initial discussion draft at least two weeks prior to the workshop, and will seek feedback on the draft for 90 days, including a policy workshop on August 18.
The focus is to share the Supplier Diversity policy in its draft phase. Your feedback will be helpful in shaping the development of the resulting policy, related procedure, and training.
The draft will:
DES is the state’s key procurement agency, and is tasked with overseeing enterprise procurement policy.
DES updated the Direct Buy policy to raise spending limits, as recommended by the Disparity Study.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DES' Enterprise Procurement Policy team by email at DESmiEnterpriseProcurementPolicy@des.wa.gov or by phone at (360) 407-2210.
View the Enterprise Procurement Policy schedule.