Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA); methods of procurement. (SB1371)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA); methods of procurement; job order contracting and cooperative procurement. Clarifies that small purchase procedures include the procurement of construction and that any such procedures shall not waive compliance with the Uniform State Building Code. The bill also increases contract amounts for job order contracting and provides that (i) order splitting with the intent of keeping a job order under the maximum dollar amounts prescribed is prohibited, (ii) no public body shall issue or use a job order solely for the purpose of procuring professional architectural or engineering services, and (iii) job order contracting shall not be used for construction, maintenance, or asset management services for a highway, bridge, tunnel, or overpass. In addition, the bill removes the requirement that a determination be made in advance by a public body and set forth in writing that competitive sealed bidding is either not practicable or not fiscally advantageous to the public, in order for goods, services, or insurance to be procured by competitive negotiation.  The bill clarifies the provisions of the VPPA related to cooperative procurement and requires that by October 1, 2017, the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, public institutions of higher education having level 2 or 3 authority under the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act of 2005, any state agency utilizing job order contracting, and the Virginia Association of Counties, the Virginia Municipal League, and the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing on behalf of local public bodies working cooperatively report their respective experiences and findings relating to the appropriateness and effectiveness of job order contracting in general, the job order project cost limitations as added by this bill, and the architectural and professional engineering term contract limits to the Chairmen of the House Committee on General Laws and the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology. The bill further provides that its provisions shall not apply to any solicitation issued or contract awarded before July 1, 2015, except that the provisions of subsection B of 2.2-4303.2, as added by this bill, shall apply to any renewal of a job order contract. The bill contains numerous technical amendments and is a recommendation of the General Laws Special Joint Subcommittee Studying the Virginia Public Procurement Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2015Presented and ordered printed 15103699D
01/20/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/08/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1371)
02/09/2015Committee substitute printed 15104925D-S1
02/09/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Incorporates SB863
02/10/2015Read second time
02/10/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104925D-S1
02/10/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1371S1
02/10/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2015Placed on Calendar
02/12/2015Read first time
02/12/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/17/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1371S1)
02/19/2015Reported from General Laws with substitute (19-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Committee substitute printed 15105329D-H1
02/20/2015Read second time
02/23/2015Passed by for the day
02/23/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1371H1)
02/24/2015Passed by temporarily
02/24/2015Read third time
02/24/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105329D-H1
02/24/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1371H1
02/24/2015Passed House with substitute (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015House substitute rejected by Senate (2-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015House insisted on substitute
02/26/2015House requested conference committee
02/26/2015Senate acceded to request (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2015Senators: Ruff, Reeves, Petersen
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2015Delegates: Gilbert, Yost, Ward
02/27/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2015Conference substitute printed 15105631D-S2
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
02/27/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1371S2)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1371ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1371ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/27/2015Governor's substitute printed 15105745D-S3
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015Passed by for the day
04/17/2015Communicated to Governor
04/30/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 776 (effective 7/1/15)
04/30/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0776)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.