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Catalog Information Systems Vendor (CISV) Program

HB 2918 Repeal of the CISV Program
Effective September 1, 2007

Please share this information with the appropriate staff involved with procurement of IT commodities and services.

HB 2918 repealed the Catalog Information System Vendor (CISV) program and transferred the TXMAS Schedule 70 Contracts for IT commodities and services to the Department of Information Resources (DIR) effective September 1, 2007.

DIR conducted an analysis of the TXMAS Schedule 70 Contracts and, based on a determination of the best interest of DIR customers, cancelled those contracts that overlap with current DIR contracts or have little to no activity. DIR is currently amending the remaining TXMAS contracts to reflect the transfer from the Texas Building and Procurement Commission to DIR and to include DIR standard terms and conditions. A list of existing TXMAS contracts that are currently being amended can be found at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/store/commodity/cisv-txmas.htm. To use these contracts, please contact the vendors directly for assistance. Once amended, those contracts will be accesible via the search function on the DIR website at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/servlet/dirStore.

Vendor Impact
Vendors are no longer required to be approved as CISV to provide Information Technology/Information System (IT/IS) products or services to the State of Texas. Vendors are encouraged to maintain active status on the Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) for receipt of bid opportunities. Mailing lists, based on the selection of class /item codes and highway districts, will be pulled for solicitation notification from the CMBL.

State Agency Requirements
Agencies are required to determine if an IT commodity product or service is available from the Department of Information Resources (DIR). If the product or service is not available from DIR, an exemption is required before the product or service may be procured. The DIR exemption process has been in place since September 1, 2005 and is posted on the DIR Web site at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/commodities/index.htm.

Local Government Guidelines
State of Texas Cooperative Purchasing Members and local government entities should follow their established purchasing guidelines. Entities that elect to use state guidelines for purchasing will follow the DIR process as referenced.

TAC Rules
The Comptroller's Office has published TAC Rule §20.391 establishing a Request for Offers (RFO) purchase method as authorized by HB2918 and HB3560. The final adopted RFO purchase method is available for those IT purchases not available under DIR contract or otherwise exempt as provided by applicable law, in the manner provided in HB 2918. Questions regarding exemptions should be referred to your agency's or governmental entity's legal counsel to ensure compliance.

Contacts
Sherri Parks – Director Contracting and Procurement Services
Department of Information Resources (DIR)
(512) 463-3580
Sherri.Parks@dir.state.tx.us

or

CMBL/CISV Help Desk 512-463-3459 or email cisv@cpa.state.tx.us
Margaret Longest - Program Coordinator
Centralized Master Bidders List
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
margaret.longest@cpa.state.tx.us

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