Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.12
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2014
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Portland State University
OP-T2-24: Historically Underutilized Businesses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Stacey Balenger
Contracts Officer
Contracting and Procurement Services
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Does the institution seek to support historically underutilized businesses, minority-owned businesses, and women owned-businesses?:

A brief description of how the institution meets the criteria:

PSU strongly supports federal, state, and local efforts to promote economic growth and prosperity. In its efforts to encourage economic growth and development PSU is continuously improving relationships with MWESB vendors and increasing contracting efforts with these firms. Since the modification of our W-9 in 2009, PSU’s ability to track utilization of MWESB's and identify targeted areas for increased engagement with MWESB vendors has been greatly improved. The modified form has made it easier for vendors who are certified by the State of Oregon or who are self-reporting to identify as MWESB vendors. Additionally, PSU’s new Diversity Action Plan (DAP) promotes the development of stronger ties with the MWESB community as exemplified by the College of Business Administrations’ award winning Business Outreach Program (BOP).

Portland State University is committed to utilizing MW/ESB vendors. For a link to State of Oregon MW/ESB certified vendors: http://www4.cbs.state.or.us/ex/dir/omwesb/

For a link to MW/ESB vendors previously utilized by PSU please visit the following web link: http://www.bao.pdx.edu/vendor

State of Oregon Requires:
It is the policy of the Oregon University System (OUS) that all businesses, including
small, minority and women-owned businesses, shall be given the maximum practicable
opportunity to compete for and be awarded contracts by the Institutions within OUS.
The goal of this policy is to expand economic opportunities for historically
underrepresented businesses by encouraging participation in OUS contracting and

ORS 351.070(2)(c) requires the Board to adopt policies and procedures that achieve
results related to the participation of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses,
as defined by the State of Oregon (MWESBs), that equal or exceed the standards in effect
on July 17, 1995. The Board has further delegated its authority to the Institutions under
ORS 351.060(9) and the Institutions have further delegated their authority for certain
types of contracts and purchases to departments and employees pursuant to their specific
Institutional policies. OAR 580-061-0000(1)(f) provides that OUS employees should
encourage participation by MWESBs. This requirement is further set out in OAR 580-
061-0030. The Board’s Policy on Diversity, approved on March 6, 2009, provides that
the Board is committed to vendor and contracting practices that encourage and promote
participation by MWESBs and requires periodic reports to the Board by the Chancellor
and the Presidents of each Institution on progress in vendor and contracting initiatives
and practices.

This policy implements these requirements. It includes targeted outreach efforts aimed at
increasing opportunities for a wide range of businesses, including Certified MWESBs
and minority and women-owned businesses that are not currently certified by the OBDD
or which have chosen an alternative agency for certification. No provision of this policy
is intended to provide for or encourage, and the policy should not be construed as
providing for or encouraging, the granting of any unlawful preferences in OUS
contracting, and the provisions of this policy shall be implemented in accordance with the
requirements of state and federal law.

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:

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