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RULE §392.303Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Amendment--A formal revision or addition to a contract.

  (2) Bid--An offer to contract with the state submitted in response to a bid invitation.

  (3) Commissioner--The Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

  (4) Contract--A promise, or a set of promises, for breach of which the law gives a remedy, or the performance of which the law in some way recognizes as a duty. It is an agreement between two or more parties creating obligations that are enforceable or otherwise recognizable at law. The term also encompasses the written document that describes the terms of the agreement. For state contracting purposes, it generally describes the terms of a purchase of goods or services from a vendor or service contractor; however, the term also encompasses grant arrangements.

  (5) Contract Assignment--The transfer of contractual rights held by one party to another party.

  (6) Contractor--An entity or person holding a written agreement with a purchasing entity to provide goods and services; or a recipient or sub-recipient holding a written agreement with a grantor or sub-recipient to carry out all or part of a program.

  (7) Contract records--All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, papers, statistical data, or any other written or electronic materials that are pertinent to each specific contract instrument.

  (8) Corrective action plan--Specific steps to be taken by a contractor to resolve identified deficiencies and/or to address concerns that the contracting agency has regarding the contractor's compliance with contract terms or other applicable laws, rules, or regulations. The corrective action plan may also focus on improving contractor performance (as it relates to service delivery, reporting, and/or financial stability).

  (9) DARS--The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

  (10) DARS policies--For the purposes of this chapter only, the standards that DARS provides to contractors that stipulate performance expectations for contractors to provide goods or services under the contract.

  (11) Effective date--The date of complete execution of the contract or the date upon which the parties agree the contract takes effect.

  (12) Entity--An association, organization, governmental or business body, or existing body or class of persons that is chartered or organized for representing the interest of persons.

  (13) Grant--An award of financial assistance, including cooperative agreements, in the form of money, property in lieu of money, or other financial assistance paid or furnished by the state or federal government to an eligible grantee to carry out a program in accordance with rules, regulations, and guidance provided by the grantor agency.

  (14) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)--A written document evidencing the understanding or agreement of two or more parties regarding the subject matter of the agreement. Because the underlying agreement may or may not be legally binding and enforceable in and of itself, a memorandum of understanding may or may not constitute a contract. It is generally considered a less formal way of evidencing an agreement, and is ordinarily used in state government only between or among state agencies or other government entities. The term is used interchangeably with "memorandum of agreement."

  (15) Program--DARS activities designed to deliver services or benefits provided by statute.

  (16) Subcontract--A written agreement between the original contractor and a third party to provide all or a specified part of the goods, services, work, and/or materials required in the original contract.

Source Note: The provisions of this §392.303 adopted to be effective June 17, 2015, 40 TexReg 3638

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