Chandler proposal would change how state procures IT services

'In the end, I think we'll have better IT products and services, and the state will make better use of hard-earned taxpayer dollars' says Chandler

Under legislation proposed today by Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, the state of Washington would save money by altering how it procures information technology (IT) products and services.

Chandler's bill, House Bill 1844, requires the state to use “modular contracting” when procuring IT products and services. Modular contracting is an acquisition strategy designed to break up large, complex procurements into multiple tightly-scoped projects that are procured in increments to implement IT systems in successive, interoperable segments.

“We have a history in our state where government IT projects underperform and then we spend more money with the same vendors to 'catch up,'” said Chandler. “This cycle has to stop. There are other options out there. We need to let the competitive market provide more accountability to the process.

“In the end, I think we'll have better IT products and services, and the state will make better use of hard-earned taxpayer dollars,” said Chandler.

The bill has been referred to the House Innovation, Technology and Economic Development Committee.

The 105-day 2019 legislative session is scheduled to end April 28.

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