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Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractors

first_img June 15, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractorscenter_img Economy,  Equality,  Press Release Continuing his commitment to small businesses (SBs) and small diverse businesses (SBDs), Governor Tom Wolf announced new procurement changes to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and disabled-owned businesses ¬– to compete for state government contracts and succeed in the commonwealth’s economy.“This is another important step forward in the ambitious project my administration launched five years ago to open doors for small and diverse businesses in state contracting and to make the process more inclusive and diverse,” said Governor Wolf. “We have made progress, but there is more work to do. We cannot allow some people to be shut out of a chance to get a state contract. Our economy and our communities work best when everyone has a fair chance of success.”Today’s actions are the direct result of the governor’s Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy executive order signed in 2015. The order created the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) within the Department of General Services, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities and led to the 2018 Statewide Disparity Study which examined disparities in the commonwealth’s contracting system and made recommendations for improvement.“These policy and program changes will allow us to increase opportunities for small diverse businesses in state contracts,” said Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper. “Historically, the state contracting process has been uneven, inconsistent and unfair in providing opportunities for SBs and SDBs to do business with the commonwealth.”There are three new changes taking effect.First, each competitive state procurement will use goal setting for SDB participation on each solicitation with the intent to achieve a 26.3 percent state contract spending with SDBs .The goals are determined using an analysis and calculation of the percentage of DGS verified SDBs available to do the specific work as determined by the Disparity Study and other factors. Goal setting replaces the previous scoring process used to evaluate proposals and starts today for construction solicitations over $300,000 and on August 17, 2020 for goods and services solicitations over $250,000.Second, the department has set a goal of 4.6 percent of state contract spend to veteran-owned businesses through the new Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) program as recommended by the Commonwealth Disparity Study. To increase the availability of VBEs, the commonwealth will now consider a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises as both an SDB firm and a VBE firm. This consideration is granted providing the applicant holds approved third-party certification from the Veterans Affairs Vets First Verification Program and eliminates the need to go through an additional third-party SDB certification process. The department will consider contract-specific goals for VBE participation on each individual solicitation over the dollar thresholds identified for SDB goal setting, and the VBE contract specific goals will be calculated based upon availability of VBE firms.Third, the administration has tasked all state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to have at least 15 percent of their contract spending go to eligible, state-certified small businesses through the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. The program helps all DGS-certified small businesses to compete as prime contractors on state contracting opportunities. Each agency has an executive-level employee responsible for ensuring the goal is achieved.“We are committed to achieving the commonwealth’s goal to do 26 percent of our business with small diverse businesses has truly been a group effort,” said Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities Kerry Kirkland. “Through the hard work of the Bureau of Diversity Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities staff along with the Advisory council and our legislative supports, we are positioning our small and small diverse businesses for success and sustainability in our economy.”Kirkland praised the hard work of the BDISBO staff and involvement of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Small Businesses Opportunities has led to the implementation of key policy and program changes such as: using the best value contracting method to increase SDB participation in contracting opportunities; creating the Agency liaison Program to ensure that SB/SDB contracting opportunities are part of all annual commonwealth agency purchasing plans; and creating the Mentor-Protégé Program that pairs prime contractors and/or suppliers with DGS-verified SDBs to provide developmental assistance and help them successfully solicit and perform on commonwealth contracting opportunities.Visit the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunity for more detailed information on the new policies and programs as well as the Wolf Administration’s efforts to diversity state contracting and opportunities for small and diverse businesses.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

Dan Kane to be inducted to Maine Baseball Hall of Fame

first_imgDan Kane FILE PHOTOELLSWORTH — George Stevens Academy baseball coach Dan Kane of Surry has been selected to join the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.Kane, along with eight others, will be recognized at the 46th annual induction ceremony and banquet on Sunday, July 17, at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland.Kane has coached the GSA Eagles for 27 years, winning three state titles. He also played on two University of Maine-Orono College World Series teams in 1984 and 1986. In 1987, he was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Player of the Year.Also joining the Hall of Fame is John Sawyer of Columbia Falls. Sawyer coached baseball at Narraguagus High School for 13 years and won a state title in 1986. As an athlete, he was a crafty lefty for Messalonskee High School and pitched for UMO in the 1976 College World Series.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOther inductees include Ralph Damren of Old Town, Dan Deshaies of New Gloucester, Thom Freeman of Wrentham, Dave Gonyar of Bangor, Amel Kiszonak of Lisbon Falls, Mike Mazerall of Norcross, Ga., and Gary Williamson of Bethel.Tom Chard, a retired Portland Press Herald sportswriter, was named the recipient of the 2016 Sonny Noel President’s Award.last_img read more

The Latest: Swedish soccer players won’t be tested for virus

first_img Associated Press ___The qualifying tournament for the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, the West Indies and Zimbabwe were to play in the tournament in Sri Lanka from July 3-19 and three were to qualify.The International Cricket Council has not set new dates.The Women’s World Cup is in New Zealand in February and March. Liverpool led the league by 25 points with nine games remaining when the league was suspended in March.___FIFA has rescheduled two women’s events for next year and will hold its 2020 annual meeting online.FIFA says the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and Panama will start on Jan. 20 and the Under-17 Women’s World Cup will be in India from Feb. 17.Both 2020 tournaments were postponed in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital.The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that sports events in the country could resume in June if there is not a new spike in COVID-19 infections. The Latest: Swedish soccer players won’t be tested for virus World Cup winner Giuseppe Bergomi says he had COVID-19.The former Italy defender says that for 20-25 days beginning in early March his back was in so much pain that he couldn’t sit down.He adds in an Instagram chat that he felt constantly weak.The 56-year-old Bergomi says he has recovered.Bergomi played for Inter Milan and is now an analyst for soccer matches on Italy’s Sky TV. He helped Italy to the 1982 World Cup title. The Diamond League circuit of track meets has a new, shorter schedule from mid-August through mid-October because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the adapted program can “give athletes time to prepare mentally, stay motivated and adjust training for competition.”The series is now set to start in Monaco on Aug. 14 with two more European meets scheduled for later that month. Four more European meets in September will be followed by Shanghai on Sept. 19.The Prefontaine meet in Eugene, Oregon, is set for Oct. 4. The season-ending meet is Oct. 17 in China at a city to be decided.World Athletics says Zurich will now have the finals in 2021 and 2022 and Eugene has agreed to push back its finals back by one year to 2023. The league has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first game will be between AGF and Randers to complete the 24th round. The 25th round will start on May 29.All games in the 26th and final round will be held on June 7. The playoffs will follow with the season scheduled to end on July 29.The league says games will take place at various times during the daytime and evening “so that as many matches as possible are made available to football fans” while stadiums are closed.FC Midtjylland leads FC Copenhagen by 12 points at the top of the standings. The Austrian soccer league is set to resume next month in empty stadiums following clearance from the government.Soccer federation president Leo Windtner met with vice chancellor Werner Kogler and says the path is clear to restart. Training could resume this week.The league is expected to set a date for games at a meeting of clubs Wednesday.No Austrian league games have been played since early March. LASK Linz leads Salzburg by three points at the top of the standings.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinReddit The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches. FIFA says both tournaments will retain their eligibility rules. The same players can be selected even if they have a birthday early in 2021.The FIFA Congress was due to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 18 but will now be an online event.___German soccer clubs will decide whether to adopt a rule change to increase the number of substitutions when they meet by video conference on Thursday.The International Football Association Board agreed last week to let teams use two extra substitutes per match in 2020. That should help leagues clear a backlog of games created by the coronavirus pandemic. Leagues can choose whether or not to adopt the rule change.The German league is scheduled to restart on Saturday.The German league also says it will stop publishing centralized statistics for its coronavirus testing program and will leave that up to the clubs.___The Danish soccer league will resume on May 28 with games in empty stadiums. Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.The Swedish league says the principle in the country is that only people who are feeling so ill that they must visit the hospital get a ”full-scale corona test.”The return-to-play protocols have been presented to Sweden’s public health authority. A decision is expected this week on whether the Swedish league can start next month.Swedish society hasn’t completely shut down during the coronavirus outbreak because the government and medical authorities have chosen not to impose as many restrictions as other countries.___ ___The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium.British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”___ The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak.All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt says “Wimbledon has the responsibility and the capacity to act as a force for good.”This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 12, 2020last_img read more