Welcome to the Comptroller of Maryland's Procurement Information.
Procurement - the act of obtainng or buying goods and services through a process that includes preparation, processing, selection, compliance, and approval of payments.
The Administration and Finance Office's (Finance Office) mission is to provide high-quality, efficient and timely financial and administration services to support the achievement of the goals and objectives of the Comptroller of Maryland. The Finance Office manages procurements which allow the agency to acquire the commodities, services and technology that is necessary to carry out the Comptroller's mission. The following information is to provide general procurement guidelines and links to additional information. I suggest you also link to the State's Procurement Website.
The statute governing Maryland's procurement process can be found in the Annotated Code of Maryland, State Finance and Procurement Article. The administrative regulations covering procurement issues can be found in COMAR, Title 21 - State Procurement Regulations.
The Board of Public Works (BPW) is the authority over procurement and contracting. The BPW recongnizes the following Control and Procurement authorities:
- The State Treasurer - banking; investment; and other finanical services as well as insurances and insurance related needs;
- Department of General Services (DGS) - commodities; capital construction; capital construction-related service; architectural and engineering; maintenance; single item of equipment or single equipment lease; equipment contracts and leases of equipment;
- Department of Budget and Management (DBM) - service contracts, except architectural and engineering;
- Department of Information Technology (DoIT) - information technology services, hardware, and software;
- Board of Public Works (BPW) - comprises the Governor, Treasurer, and Comptroller. The Board controls procurement by most State agencies (including the direct review and approval of most State contracts exceeding $200,000); adopts regulations (COMAR Title 21); sets procurement policy; and establishes internal operational procedures;
- Department of Transportation (MDOT) - Transportation-related construction contracts in the amount of $200,000 or less; capital construction-related service contracts; architectural and engineering contracts; maintenance contracts; single item of equipment or single equipment lease within the procurement authority of the Secretary of Transportation or the Maryland Transportation Authority;
- Maryland Port Commission - procurement contracts within the Maryland Port Commssion's jurisdiction.
Other State Agencies Directory
Maryland State Agency Websites
Socioeconomic Polices, COMAR 21.11..05, Procurement from Maryland Correctional Enterprises, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, and Community Service Providers.
Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)
The mission of the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women's Business Affairs (GOSBA) is facilitating minority business enterprise activities through coordinating and promoting government programs aimed at strengthening and preserving the state’s 200,000 minority and women owned businesses.
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is tasked with providing information regarding certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and/or Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).
Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises (VSBE)
The goal is to achieve an overall minimum of 1% of the unit’s total dollar value of procurement contracts to be made directly or indirectly with veteran-owned small business enterprises.
Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program
Under state procurement law, the SBR Program directs 70 participating agencies/departments to spend at least 15% of its fiscal year procurement expenditures with qualified small businesses. See Md. Code Ann., State Fin. & Proc. Art. §14-501 - 14-505 (2011 Supp).
Once a solicitation has been designated as “SBR,” an award can only be made to a registered SBR vendor. Registration is an online process through eMaryland Marketplace (see the Quick Reference Guide for Certification and Re-Certification). Vendors attest to meeting the eligibility standards and must re-certify annually. There is no cost to participate in the SBR Program.
Vender Registration - eMaryland MarketPlace (eMM)
eMM is the State of Maryland’s electronic commerce system where bid opportunities and awards are posted. eMM is administered by the Maryland Department of General Services and used by Maryland State Agencies as well as many counties and local municipalities.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Program
A business may verify it is in in good standing and does not owe any monies to the State by contacting the State, Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
Doing Business in Maryland
New corporations must file articles of incorporation. Foreign or existing corporations must register to do business in Maryland. New corporations do not need to register with the Comptroller's Office, but they must file a corporation income tax return or extension after the close of the initial year. To form a corporation, contact the Department of Assessments and Taxation in Baltimore at 410-767-1340.
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