State Restricts New Consulting Contracts

Posted: September 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In an address on Aug. 19 to the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly, Gov. Mark Warner announced restrictions on the use of outside consultants. The governor is requiring advance approval for any consulting contract not already signed. The measure is intended to reduce the state’s $1.5-billion budget deficit for this biennium.

Under the state’s definition, consultants provide information, assistance, and guidance of a purely advisory nature, usually in the form of a report or other deliverable, setting forth alternative courses of action and recommendations based on the expertise possessed by the outside individual, firm, or organization.

In accordance with the governor’s directive, any contract for outside consulting must have advance approval. The request must be forwarded to Purchasing with appropriate justification, and Purchasing will handle the routing for approval if requests are made. Although there are exemptions for sponsored programs, all other exceptions will be considered only in the most critical circumstances.

For more information, contact Bill Hardiman at (703) 993-2580 or whardima@gmu.edu.

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