WSR 06-20-055

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF MINORITY AND

WOMEN'S BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

[ Filed September 28, 2006, 11:57 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Change the annual overall goals and the procedure for establishing annual overall goals for participation by certified firms in the public works, procurement and other contracting of state agencies and educational institutions.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 39.19.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The current rules do not consider the individual agencies' and educational institutions' unique contracting and procurement opportunities and circumstances impacting achievement. Proposed rules would allow individual state agencies and educational institutions to participate in the goal-setting process, allow for establishment of achievable and realist goals, and improve accountability for actual goal achievement.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: This is a rule that will govern the actions of state agencies and educational institutions and is not subject to violation by a nongovernment party.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by sending written comments and questions to Cathy V. Canorro, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 41160, Olympia, WA 98504-1160, phone 1-866-208-1064 (toll free), e-mail ccanorro@omwbe.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-7079.

September 28, 2006

Carolyn Crowson

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office