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Contract Sunshine

 

About Contract Sunshine

Wisconsin's Contract Sunshine Act [2005 Act 410] calls for the creation and maintenance of an Internet site at which anyone may access information about every state contract, purchase, and solicitation of bids or proposals that involves an annual expenditure of $10,000 or more. Wisconsin Statutes direct the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to create and maintain this site.

  In enacting the Contract Sunshine Act, the Legislature’s intention was to enhance citizens’ confidence in the State’s procurement process by providing a one-stop Internet location where citizens, the press, vendors, and others can learn about current procurement activities.  The legislature intended that the Act provide potential vendors of goods and services with ready access to information about the State’s purchases and confirm that the State’s procurement programs are operating fairly and efficiently. 

 

What the Act requires:

This Act directs every state office and agency in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government to provide information about each solicitation for bids or proposals and each proposed order or contract of the agency for which bids or proposals will not be solicited that involves an expenditure of $10,000 or more, or if a contract or order is for continuing purchases, an expenditure of $10,000 or more during a fiscal biennium.  A state agency is to forward to the Government Accountability Board information about a purchase within 24 hours of the agency's initially soliciting a bid or beginning negotiations for a purchase.

 

Intermediate and long-term objective (2007 and beyond):

A likely outcome is a single online database of:

·        All request for bids and proposals (with contact and detailed information) searchable and sortable by item or service, potential value, agency, date of announcement, and submission date. 

·        Contracts for goods and services awarded without competitive bidding searchable and sortable by item or service, potential value, agency, and date of announcement. 

·        Contracts for goods and services awarded by a simplified bidding proce­dure searchable and sortable by item or service, value, agency, date of announcement, and date of award. 

 

Short-term plan (summer and fall 2006):

During summer and fall 2006, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, with advice from vendors, state agencies, and others, will address the creation, implementation, and operation of an Internet site that will realize fully the Legislature's directive. During the planning and construction of a fully functioning display of all state contracts, purchases, and requests for bids and proposals, the Government Accountability Board is publishing on its website links to purchasing information that the state offices and agencies have provided. 

If you have a question about any of the information displayed, please contact the appropriate agency directly.

 

 


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