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Procurement Risk Assessment

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Contact Information

Procurement Risk Assessment Administrator:
Drew Zavatsky
(360) 407-7915
drew.zavatsky@des.wa.gov

Under state law, the Director of the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is “responsible for the development and oversight of policy for the procurement of goods and services by all state agencies.” RCW 39.26.080(1). The Director of DES was charged with establishing policies for delegating procurement authority to state agencies. Delegation of authority decisions must be based on a Procurement Risk Assessment Tool (PRA Tool). RCW 39.26.090(5). Using the Tool, DES conducts assessments of 105 agencies. Assessment analysis determines an agency's delegated authority.

Items analyzed in the PRA include:

  1. Information received from the State Auditor (audit findings/no findings)
  2. Compliance with required contract training
  3. Compliance with procurement and contract laws such as Sole Source reporting

PRAs were previously conducted in 2014 and 2016.

2020 assessments

DES has made improvements to the PRA process based on agency feedback. The improvements should:

  • Reduce the time it takes agencies to fill out the new, improved Tool.
  • Help avoid processing delays.
  • Help DES be more responsive to agencies' questions as they complete the Tool.

For 2020, agencies will either fill out a Risk Tool or a Risk Checklist. Agencies that are considered to be high risk are subject to more frequent assessments.

Risk Assessment Tool

The Tool will be used by 47 state agencies. DES will prepopulate the 2020 Tools with data such as an agency's contract history, and perform an initial analysis so that clarifying questions can be reviewed/answered by the agency as they are completing the Tool. View a sample Tool.

Risk Assessment Checklist

There are 57 agencies in the low risk category that will complete a streamlined risk assessment Checklist. DES estimates the checklist will takes less than a day to complete. View the Checklist.

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