Summary as introduced:
Advantage Virginia Electronic Procurement Program. Creates the Advantage Virginia Electronic Procurement (AVEP) Program and the AVEP Fund. The AVEP Program would make a one-time grant of $5,000 to (i) a small business located in the Commonwealth, (ii) which has been approved by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) to be listed on the Federal Supply Schedule ("the Schedule"), (iii) but is not listed on fedcenter.com website, (iv) provided that such business shall use the grant in order to be listed on the fedcenter.com website. The GSA maintains the Schedule, which consists of vendors. Any federal, state, or local government official may register with the GSA to conduct business with vendors listed on the Schedule. The vendors who are approved to be listed on the Schedule may be listed on the fedcenter.com website as well; however, to be listed on the website, the website operators charge a fee. Because electronic procurement tends to be easier, faster, and less costly than other methods of purchase, businesses that are listed on the website possess a competitive advantage over those businesses that are not. The AVEP Program would help small Virginia businesses not listed on the website to obtain the same competitive advantage as businesses that are. The Innovative Technology Authority is to implement the AVEP Program and report back to the Joint Commission on Technology and Science. The bill has a sunset of July 1, 2002. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.
01/14/00 Senate: Presented & ordered printed 002189264 pdf
01/14/00 Senate: Presented & ordered printed 002189264
01/14/00 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/02/00 Senate: Continued to 2001 in General Laws (14-Y 0-N)