Item - 2017.AU10.8

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 7, 2017 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Audit Committee on October 27, 2017 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on November 7, 2017.

AU10.8 - Obtaining the Best Value Through the Use of Vendor Rosters

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 7, 8 and 9, 2017, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to:

 

a. provide clear guidance on roster design, unless there is an overriding consideration otherwise, vendor selection methods that prioritize cost should be used; and

 

b. update the Buyer review process for rotational rosters, such as including verification of how a vendor was selected, and that prices charged match the original submissions made to the Request for Expression of Interest.

 

2. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to provide guidance in its Roster Procedure on the use of different evaluation criteria during the roster qualification process.

 

3. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to ensure Buyers provide adequate oversight of the roster qualification process, including a review of the evaluation outcome and documenting the decision process and rationale for deviations from the terms in the call document.

 

4. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to review current roster processes and make adjustments where necessary to ensure that controls developed in Purchasing and Materials Management's Unbalanced Bidding procedure are also implemented in all applicable areas of roster activity.

 

5. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to develop clear guidelines regarding contractor/subcontractor relationships within a roster, including the need for disclosure, responsibility for monitoring and analysis, and the resolution process when potential conflicts of interest are identified.

 

6. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to review controls relating to rosters with unique circumstances such as the ones held by the Environment and Energy Division, and ensure that there is sufficient oversight over its purchasing activity, in particular the bid receipt and evaluation process.

 

7. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to ensure that the required control processes as specified in its Roster Procedure are consistently implemented and that staff are appropriately following up on any issues identified; where it is determined that a control is not practical or not working as intended, the Procedure should be reviewed and amended where needed.

 

8. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, to review the roster management objectives and information requirements to identify opportunities for improving efficiencies and maximizing the use of rosters by divisional staff, including a consideration of:

 

a. developing a reporting process on the roster program's overall activities;

 

b. publishing and maintaining an accurate list of active rosters available to City staff;

 

c. simplifying input requirements for the roster Master List; and

 

d. revising the quarterly reporting process.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 13, 2017) Report from the Auditor General - Obtaining the Best Value Through the Use of Vendor Rosters
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107817.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Obtaining the Best Value Through the Use of Vendor Rosters
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107818.pdf
Attachment 1 - Obtaining the Best Value Through the Use of Vendor Rosters
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107819.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-08-2017 9:50 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - AU10.8 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Christin Carmichael Greb, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson

AU10.8 - Obtaining the Best Value Through the Use of Vendor Rosters

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Audit Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to:

 

a. Provide clear guidance on roster design. Unless there is an overriding consideration otherwise, vendor selection methods that prioritize cost should be used.

 

b. Update the Buyer review process for rotational rosters, such as including verification of how a vendor was selected, and that prices charged match the original submissions made to the REOI.

 

2. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to provide guidance in its Roster Procedure on the use of different evaluation criteria during the roster qualification process.

 

3. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to ensure Buyers provide adequate oversight of the roster qualification process, including a review of the evaluation outcome and documenting the decision process and rationale for deviations from the terms in the call document.

 

4. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to review current roster processes and make adjustments where necessary to ensure that controls developed in PMMD's Unbalanced Bidding procedure are also implemented in all applicable areas of roster activity.

 

5. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to develop clear guidelines regarding contractor/subcontractor relationships within a roster, including the need for disclosure, responsibility for monitoring and analysis, and the resolution process when potential conflicts of interest are identified.

 

6. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to review controls relating to rosters with unique circumstances such as the ones held by the Environment and Energy Division, and ensure that there is sufficient oversight over its purchasing activity, in particular the bid receipt and evaluation process.

 

7. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to ensure that the required control processes as specified in its Roster Procedure are consistently implemented and that staff are appropriately following up on any issues identified. Where it is determined that a control is not practical or not working as intended, the Procedure should be reviewed and amended where needed.

 

8. City Council request the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to review the roster management objectives and information requirements to identify opportunities for improving efficiencies and maximizing the use of rosters by divisional staff, including a consideration of:

 

a. Developing a reporting process on the roster program's overall activities.

 

b. Publishing and maintaining an accurate list of active rosters available to City staff.

 

c. Simplifying input requirements for the roster Master List.

 

d. Revising the quarterly reporting process.

Origin

(October 13, 2017) Report from the Auditor General

Summary

The City of Toronto purchases approximately $1.8 billion in goods and services per year. Of this amount, about $88 million (5 per cent) is made through its vendor rosters. This audit reviewed the management and oversight of the vendor rosters program, as well as whether this procurement alternative is delivering the best value to the City.

 

During the audit we observed that many aspects of the program were performed appropriately and consistently, including:

 

- Roles and responsibilities were clearly defined and documented.


- PMMD was working with operating divisions and providing guidance where needed.


- Purchasing activity was generally compliant in terms of scope, vendor selection, and staying within the $500,000 per purchase limit.
 

This report includes eight recommendations to help provide better value by improving the roster design, strengthening oversight, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the program. Under the right circumstances vendor rosters is one of the City's more efficient procurement means available, and establishing a strong operating foundation will pave the way for more operating units to benefit from this program.

Background Information

(October 13, 2017) Report from the Auditor General - Obtaining the Best Value Through the Use of Vendor Rosters
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107817.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Obtaining the Best Value Through the Use of Vendor Rosters
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107818.pdf
Attachment 1 - Obtaining the Best Value Through the Use of Vendor Rosters
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107819.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Christin Carmichael Greb (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council