Procurement Support Team (pST) FOR PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS
What is the Office of State Procurement (OSP), Professional Contracts Procurement Support Team (PST)?
The Procurement Support Team is created in both statute and rule; R.S.39:1621 and LAC 34:V, Subchapter C. The PST serves as an advisory group to the Director of Professional Contracts for certain consulting services contracts. Its members include representatives from the Attorney General's office, the Legislative Fiscal Office, the state agency initiating the contract, and Professional Contracts.
When is PST review required?
Information Technology (IT) consulting services exceeding $225,000 require PST review of the RFP, the selection process, and the subsequent contract. Sole source and emergency IT consulting services contracts exceeding $225,000 also require PST review. All other consulting services anticipated to cost $225,000 or more will require PST review of the RFP, the selection process, and subsequent contract only if required by the director of Professional Contracts.
When does PST meet?
The PST meets every three weeks throughout the year. Professional Contracts reserves the right at any time to cancel and re-schedule in the event of conflict with members' schedules.
Guidelines for submitting an RFP for PST review:
For RFP's and contracts requiring review by the PST, the agency should submit one copy of the completed RFP or unsigned final negotiated contract to Professional Contracts at least fourteen (14) calendar days before the next scheduled PST meeting. The documents must be submitted in electronic format via PROACT or email to DOA-PC HELP DESK. Please mark the documents clearly and include a cover memo advising Professional Contracts of the request for PST review. In the subject line of the email, state as follows: RFP title/ for PST review/ agency name.
The standard Information Technology/Data Processing consulting contract format has been approved for use by Professional Contracts and the Procurement Support Team (PST). Therefore, contracts on this format may be reviewed more quickly and with fewer rewrites. Revisions to this format should be redlined or highlighted when submitted for PST review and approval. Additionally, the PST budget form should be submitted. Click here for the PST budget form.
Professional Contracts will review the document and advise the agency of any changes to the RFP or contract which may be necessary. Professional Contracts will distribute a copy of the RFP or contract to each PST member at least seven (7) calendar days before the next PST. When submitting a contract for PST review, the final negotiated contract should be unsigned (this includes sole source or emergency contracts). Signatures would be obtained after review and revisions requested by the PST are made.