|(a) The comptroller establishes the purchasing advisory
committees as set forth in subsections (c) and (d) of this section.
Advisory committees shall comply with applicable requirements of Government
Code, Chapter 2110 relating to State Agency Advisory Committees. The
Advisory Committee on Procurement shall also comply with specific
statutory authority provided by Government Code, §2155.080; and
the Vendor Advisory Committee shall also comply with specific statutory
authority provided by Government Code, §2155.081.
(b) Advisory committees in subsections (c) and (d)
of this section are authorized to carry out the following functions.
(1) Establish their own rules of operation.
(2) The director shall establish the size of the advisory
committee, with the approval of the comptroller.
(3) The chair of a purchasing advisory committee shall
provide to the director, or his designee, an annual report of the
(4) Annually, the director, or his designee, shall
evaluate the committee's work, usefulness, and the costs related to
the committee's existence, including the cost of the comptroller's
office staff time spent in support of the committee's activities.
The information developed in the evaluation shall be reported to the
Legislative Budget Board biennially.
(5) Members of an advisory committee may not be reimbursed
for expenses associated with conducting committee business, including
travel expenses, unless otherwise authorized by the General Appropriations
Act, Article IX, or approved by the governor and the Legislative Budget
(6) An advisory committee established by the comptroller
shall be abolished on the fourth anniversary of the first meeting
of the advisory committee:
(A) unless the comptroller acts to continue or re-establish
the committee in existence; and
(B) unless a specific duration is prescribed by statute
for the advisory committee to exist.
(7) If the comptroller acts to continue or re-establish
the committee's existence, it shall continue to exist for an additional
four year term. Comptroller action to continue or re-establish a committee
may include, without limitation, issuing a letter appointing or re-appointing
committee members to an additional term.
(c) The Advisory Committee on Procurement shall be
composed of officers or employees from the comptroller, from state
agencies, including institutions of higher education, and from political
subdivisions who are invited by the comptroller to serve on the committee.
The officers and employees who serve on the committee shall be experienced
in public purchasing, public finance, or possess other appropriate
expertise to serve on the committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee
on Procurement is to represent before the comptroller the state agency
purchasing community and the political subdivisions that use the comptroller's
purchasing services. The tasks of the committee are to:
(1) provide a method for state agencies and political
subdivisions to bring issues to the attention of the comptroller;
(2) review issues brought forth by the comptroller;
(3) develop and make recommendations on improvements
to the procurement process;
(4) review and comment on findings and recommendations
related to purchasing that are made by state agency internal auditors
or by the state auditor;
(5) develop an assessment of the committee, committee
goals and measurable objectives; and
(6) participate in an annual review of committee activities
and make recommendations about the future direction of the committee
at the end of each fiscal year.
(d) The Vendor Advisory Committee shall be composed
of employees from the comptroller and vendors who have done business
with the state, and who are invited by the comptroller to serve on
the committee. The comptroller shall invite a cross-section of the
vendor community to serve on the committee, both large and small businesses
and vendors who provide a variety of different goods and services
to the state. The purpose of the Vendor Advisory Committee is to represent
before the comptroller the vendor community, to provide information
to vendors, and to obtain vendor input on state procurement practices.
The tasks of the committee are to:
(1) obtain vendor input and develop and make recommendations
on improvements to the procurement process;
(2) develop an assessment of the committee, committee
goals and measurable objectives at the end of each fiscal year; and
(3) participate in an annual review of the committee's
activities and make recommendations about the future direction and
continuance of the committee at the end of each fiscal year.