Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.88
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date April 30, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Texas at Austin
OP-15: Inclusive and Local Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.78 / 1.00
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated intent to support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local community-based businesses?:

A copy of the policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

The policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:
We promote the use of historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) in all of our purchasing and contracting operations. This means we make it a priority to use the services of minority-owned and women-owned businesses. We have also taken further steps in building relationships with minority and women trade organizations. The university has designated a staff member to serve as the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) coordinator for the agency. The HUB coordinator assists the university with the development of the agency's procurement specifications, HUB subcontracting plans, and evaluation of contracts for compliance. The HUB coordinator also assists state agencies and the state comptroller with HUB compliance, facilitating compliance with the agency's good-faith effort criteria, HUB reporting, contract administration, and marketing and outreach efforts for HUB participation. Statewide HUB utilization goals are developed by the Texas State Comptroller’s Office – HUB Reporting. Current HUB goals are: Category Goals Heavy Construction 11.2% Building Construction 21.1% Special Trade 32.7% Professional Services 23.6% Other Services 24.6% Commodities 21%

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (inclusive and local expenditures)?:

The percentage of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses:

The website URL where information about the institution’s inclusive and local purchasing policies and/or program is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Data does not include purchases made under contract by the University of Texas System. Those purchases are managed by the University of Texas System and reported separately to the Texas Comptroller of public accounts. Most new building construction at the University of Texas at Austin is managed by the University of Texas System. Spend for those projects in FY 2013 is as follows: $99,168,490.45 – TOTAL OFPC SPEND at UT Austin $24,072,623.48 – HUB SPEND 24.27% - HUB PERCENT

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