The Honorable Brian Sonntag
PO Box 40021
Olympia, WA 98504-0021
Dear Auditor Sonntag:
I am firmly committed to ensuring that Washington citizens receive the best value for their tax dollars. Proper stewardship of funds includes holding not only ourselves accountable, but also those individuals and businesses that we contract with to provide a product or service.
Our state is already seen as a model for our contracting practices. For example, the federal website for performance-based acquisition refers readers to contract examples and templates on the Washington State Information Services Board website. Even so, I am taking steps to strengthen our practices to make sure we are receiving the best value for our contracting dollars.
I would like your assistance in the following specific areas related to performance contracting:
|1.||Evaluation. Conducting an evaluation of current performance contract practices.|
|2.||Training. Partnering with OFM and GMAP staff to provide training for state agency employees regarding performance contracting, including contract monitoring and management.|
|•||Are there provisions in current performance-based contracts that provide incentives for excellent performance and/or consequences for inadequate performance? If not, why not?|
|•||How are agencies actively managing their contracts? For example, if a vendor is not performing, what kind of corrective actions are being taken? Are contractors/vendors being held accountable? Given limited resources, what options are available to improve management if needed?|
|•||What are the best practices around performance-based contracting? How could we apply these best practices to Washington State?|
Thank you for your consideration of this request, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Christine O. Gregoire