WSR 14-15-062
[Filed July 15, 2014, 7:29 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending chapter 468-16 WAC, Prequalification of contractors.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 47.01.101, 47.28.030, 47.28.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: There are numerous changes to chapter 468-16 WAC that need to be made to modernize processes and streamline department functions and workload. The biggest changes are:
Removing equipment lists as a requirement for prequalification and annual renewal of prequalification.
Bringing the process of special prequalification for contracts under $100,000 from the region to headquarters.
Requiring e-mail addresses of companies seeking prequalification, renewal or individuals listed as project references.
Adding language that details the prequalification requirements for joint ventures.
Updating prequalification work classes.
Changing the parent firm pledge of net worth to a parent firm guarantee of net worth.
Discontinuing the option of a personal pledge of net worth to increase maximum bidding capacity.
The update also makes numerous changes to the prime contractor performance report, Washington state department of transportation's (WSDOT) method for determining a satisfactory record of performance, integrity, judgment and skills and qualifying or disqualifying contractors from bidding on WSDOT projects. The criteria on the form has not been updated for many years while new requirements and objectives exist that are not on the form, or do not carry as much weight as they should today. Changing the form will enable WSDOT to determine the contractor's performance with criteria that is important to WSDOT today.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: WSDOT welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. WSDOT will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone that requests a copy.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jenna Fettig, WSDOT Contract Ad and Award Manager, P.O. Box 47360, Olympia, WA 98504-7360, (360) 705-7017,, contractad&
July 15, 2014
Kathryn W. Taylor
Assistant Secretary