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RULE §20.282Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this division, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. Additional applicable definitions are located in §20.25 of this title.

  (1) Applicant--A corporation, sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, or other business organization that applies to the comptroller for certification as a historically underutilized business.

  (2) Application--The information, documents, and representations submitted by an applicant that constitute its request for certification as a historically underutilized business.

  (3) Commodities--Any tangible goods.

  (4) Disparity study--The State of Texas Disparity Study - 2009, conducted by MGT of America, Inc., dated March 30, 2010, or any updates of the study that are prepared on behalf of the state as provided by Government Code, §2161.002(c).

  (5) Economically disadvantaged person--Has the meaning assigned by Government Code, §2161.001(3).

  (6) Graduation--When a certified HUB exceeds the size standards and becomes ineligible for continued certification as a result.

  (7) Historically underutilized business (HUB)--A business organization described in subparagraphs (A) - (F) of this paragraph that is certified by the comptroller because it has not exceeded the size standards established by §20.294 of this title, maintains its principal place of business in Texas, and is:

    (A) a corporation formed for the purpose of making a profit in which at least 51% of all classes of the shares of stock or other equitable securities are owned by one or more qualifying owners;

    (B) a sole proprietorship created for the purpose of making a profit that is 100% owned, operated, and controlled by a qualifying owner;

    (C) a partnership formed for the purpose of making a profit in which 51% of the assets and interest in the partnership is owned by one or more qualifying owners;

    (D) a joint venture in which each entity is a HUB;

    (E) a supplier contract between a HUB and a prime contractor under which the HUB is directly involved in the manufacture or distribution of the supplies or materials or otherwise warehouses and ships the supplies; or

    (F) a business other than described in subparagraphs (B), (C), (D), and (E) of this paragraph, which is formed for the purpose of making a profit and is otherwise a legally recognized business organization under the laws of the State of Texas, provided that at least 51% of the assets and 51% of any classes of stock and equitable securities are owned by one or more qualifying owners.

  (8) Historically underutilized business (HUB) coordinator--The staff member designated by a state agency to be primarily responsible for overseeing the implementation of HUB laws and monitoring attainment of HUB utilization goals.

  (9) HUB directory--The Historically Underutilized Business Directory published on the comptroller's website.

  (10) HUB subcontracting plan--Written plan identifying whether a contract will be self-performed or include the use of subcontractors, which subcontractors will be used, how much of the contract each subcontractor will receive, and how subcontractors were selected.

  (11) Mentor-Protégé Program--A program designed by the comptroller to encourage agencies to work with prime contractors and HUBs to foster long-term relationships.

  (12) Non-treasury funds--Funds that are not state funds subject to the custody and control of the comptroller and available for appropriation by the legislature.

  (13) Other services--All services other than construction and professional services, including consulting services subject to Government Code, Chapter 2254, Subchapter B.

  (14) Person--A human being.

  (15) Principal place of business--The location where the qualifying owner or owners of the business direct, control, and coordinate the business's daily operations and activities.

  (16) Professional services--Services of certain licensed or registered professions that must be purchased by state agencies under Government Code, Chapter 2254, Subchapter A.

  (17) Qualifying owner--A person who:

    (A) is a resident of the State of Texas;

    (B) has a proportionate interest and demonstrates active participation in the control, operation, and management of an applicant;

    (C) is a member of one of the following groups:

      (i) Black Americans, which includes persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa;

      (ii) Hispanic Americans, which includes persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish or Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race;

      (iii) American Women, which includes all women of any ethnicity except those specified in clauses (i), (ii), (iv), and (v) of this subparagraph;

      (iv) Asian Pacific Americans, which includes persons whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, the Northern Marianas, and Subcontinent Asian Americans which includes persons whose origins are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan or Nepal;

      (v) Native Americans, which includes persons who are American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians; and

      (vi) Service-disabled Veterans, which includes veterans as defined by 38 U.S.C. §101(2) who have suffered at least a 20% service-connected disability as defined by 38 U.S.C. §101(16) who are not Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Women, Asian Pacific Americans, or Native Americans; and

    (D) is a U.S. citizen, born or naturalized, or a service-disabled veteran as defined by 38 U.S.C., §101(2) who has suffered at least a 20% service-connected disability as defined by 38 U.S.C., §101(16).

  (18) Resident of the State of Texas-- An individual who:

    (A) physically resides in the state for a period of not less than six consecutive months prior to submitting an application for HUB certification, and lists Texas as their residency in their most recent tax return submitted to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or;

    (B) has established, to the satisfaction of the comptroller, a Texas domicile for a period of time sufficient to demonstrate their intention to permanently reside in the state consistently over a substantial period of time.

  (19) Response--A submission made in answer to an invitation for bid, request for proposal, or other purchase solicitation document, which may take the form of a bid, proposal, offer, or other applicable expression of interest.

  (20) Subcontractor--An entity that contracts with a prime contractor to work or contribute toward completing work under a purchase order or other contract. The term does not include employees of the contractor but includes contracted workers who will work on the contract.

  (21) Size standards--Graduation and eligibility thresholds established by the comptroller under §20.294 (relating to Graduation Procedures).

  (22) Term contract--A statewide contract established by the comptroller as a supply source for user entities for specific commodities or services.

  (23) Vendor Identification Number (VID)--A 13-digit identification number used in state government to identify the bidder or business for payment or award of contracts, certification as a HUB, and on the bidders list.

  (24) Work--Providing goods or performing services pursuant to a contract.

  (25) Working day--Normal business day of a state agency, not including weekends, federal or state holidays.

Source Note: The provisions of this §20.282 adopted to be effective January 24, 2017, 42 TexReg 235; amended to be effective August 9, 2023, 48 TexReg 4268

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