Purchasing: Generally - “Local government” defined.

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[Rev. 11/21/2013 4:05:32 PM--2013]

[NAC-334 Revised Date: 1-12]

CHAPTER 334 - PURCHASING: GENERALLY

334.010            Definitions.

334.020            “Administrator” defined.

334.030            “Agency” defined.

334.040            “Division” defined.

334.050            “Local government” defined.

334.060            “Organization” defined.

334.070            “Person with a disability” defined.

334.080            “Program” defined.

334.090            “Registered organization” defined.

334.100            Requirements for issuance to and renewal of registration of organization for training and employment of persons with mental or physical disabilities.

334.110            Approval of contract by Division: Criteria; notice; request for hearing to appeal denial; submission of copy of final, executed version.

334.120            Withdrawal of approval of contract by Division: Conditions; notice; request for hearing to appeal withdrawal.

334.130            Hearing to appeal denial or withdrawal of approval of contract: Assignment of hearing officer; stay of action with respect to withdrawal.

334.140            Hearing to appeal denial or withdrawal of approval of contract: Posting or submission and disposition of bond or other security.

334.150            Quarterly reports to Administrator by registered organization that entered into contract.

334.160            Complaint of alleged noncompliance of registered organization: Filing; contents.

334.170            Audit of books and records of registered organization.

 

 

 

      NAC 334.010  Definitions. (NRS 334.025)  As used in this chapter, the words and terms defined in NAC 334.020 to 334.090, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)

      NAC 334.020  “Administrator” defined. (NRS 334.025)  “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Division.

     (Supplied in codification)

      NAC 334.030  “Agency” defined. (NRS 334.025)  “Agency” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 334.025.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R227-05, eff. 5-4-2006)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 232.230)

      NAC 334.040  “Division” defined. (NRS 334.025)  “Division” means the Rehabilitation Division of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

     (Supplied in codification)

      NAC 334.050  “Local government” defined. (NRS 334.025)  “Local government” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 332.015.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R227-05, eff. 5-4-2006)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 232.250)

      NAC 334.060  “Organization” defined. (NRS 334.025)  “Organization” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 334.025.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R227-05, eff. 5-4-2006)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 232.260)

      NAC 334.070  “Person with a disability” defined. (NRS 334.025)  “Person with a disability” means a person:

     1.  With a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the person;

     2.  With a record of such an impairment; or

     3.  Who is regarded as having such an impairment.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R227-05, eff. 5-4-2006)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 232.270)

      NAC 334.080  “Program” defined. (NRS 334.025)  “Program” means the Program to Encourage and Facilitate Purchases by Agencies of Commodities and Services From Organizations established pursuant to NRS 334.025.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)

      NAC 334.090  “Registered organization” defined. (NRS 334.025)  “Registered organization” means an organization that has registered with the Division pursuant to subsection 3 of NRS 334.025.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)

      NAC 334.100  Requirements for issuance to and renewal of registration of organization for training and employment of persons with mental or physical disabilities. (NRS 334.025)

     1.  An organization that wishes to register with the Division pursuant to subsection 3 of NRS 334.025 must submit with the registration form prescribed by the Division:

     (a) If the organization is a nonprofit organization, a copy of a ruling or determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating that the organization is exempt from taxation pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;

     (b) A copy of the articles of incorporation of the organization;

     (c) A list containing the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the members of the board of directors of the organization;

     (d) A copy of the organizational chart of the organization, including, without limitation, job titles and names;

     (e) A copy of the liability insurance policy of the organization applicable to the training and employment of persons with disabilities;

     (f) If the organization is authorized to pay subminimum wages to persons with disabilities, a copy of the subminimum wage certificate issued to the organization by the United States Department of Labor authorizing the payment of subminimum wages, accompanied by a letter of explanation concerning the exemption; and

     (g) A signed and notarized affirmation from an officer or authorized agent of the organization that the organization possesses documentation that persons with disabilities will perform at least 75 percent of the hours of direct labor required for the production or provision of commodities or services under a contract entered into by the organization pursuant to the Program.

     2.  A registered organization shall maintain the documentation required pursuant to paragraph (g) of subsection 1 in a confidential manner except that a registered organization shall make that documentation available upon request to the Division or to the agency with which the registered organization has entered into a contract pursuant to the Program.

     3.  A certificate of registration issued by the Division pursuant to this section is valid for 4 years after the date of its issuance and may be renewed. A registered organization may request renewal of its registration for an additional 4 years by submitting the form prescribed by the Division and the affirmation described in subsection 1.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R227-05, eff. 5-4-2006; A by R105-08, 12-17-2008)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 232.280)

      NAC 334.110  Approval of contract by Division: Criteria; notice; request for hearing to appeal denial; submission of copy of final, executed version. (NRS 334.025)

     1.  A registered organization may not enter into a contract pursuant to the Program, or any amendment thereto, unless the proposed contract or amendment has been submitted to the Division for its approval. The Division will approve such a contract or amendment if the Division determines that:

     (a) The registered organization has sufficient capacity, capital, training and experience to successfully perform the terms of the contract or amendment.

     (b) Except during the 60 days commencing on the date of execution of the contract or amendment, at least 75 percent of the hours of direct labor required for the production or provision of commodities or services pursuant to that contract or amendment will be performed by persons with disabilities.

     2.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, within 15 days after receipt of a proposed contract or amendment from a registered organization pursuant to subsection 1, the Division will notify the registered organization in writing regarding whether the Division has approved or disapproved the contract or amendment. If the Division does not provide such notification within the 15-day period, the proposed contract or amendment is deemed approved by the Division.

     3.  If the Division denies approval of a proposed contract or amendment, the Division will provide to the registered organization, with the written notification of the denial, a written statement explaining the reasons for the denial. Within 15 days after receiving notification of the denial, the registered organization may submit a written request to the Administrator for a hearing to appeal the denial.

     4.  Not later than 5 business days after entering into a contract or amendment approved by the Division pursuant to this section, a registered organization shall submit to the Division a copy of the final, executed contract or amendment, including, without limitation, any attachments and exhibits.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)

      NAC 334.120  Withdrawal of approval of contract by Division: Conditions; notice; request for hearing to appeal withdrawal. (NRS 334.025)

     1.  The Division may at any time withdraw its approval of a contract or amendment that was approved pursuant to NAC 334.110 if the Division finds that:

     (a) The training and employment of persons with disabilities is not the primary purpose of the registered organization;

     (b) The performance of the contract does not primarily benefit, through training or employment, persons with disabilities;

     (c) The registered organization has failed to comply with the provisions of this chapter or NRS 334.025; or

     (d) The registered organization has failed to adequately perform its obligations under the contract or amendment.

     2.  If the Division withdraws approval of a contract or amendment pursuant to subsection 1, the Division will provide to the registered organization written notification of the withdrawal and a written statement explaining the reasons for the withdrawal. Within 15 days after receiving such notification, the registered organization may submit to the Administrator a written request for a hearing to appeal the withdrawal.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)

      NAC 334.130  Hearing to appeal denial or withdrawal of approval of contract: Assignment of hearing officer; stay of action with respect to withdrawal. (NRS 334.025)

     1.  Upon receipt of a request for a hearing pursuant to subsection 3 of NAC 334.110 or subsection 2 of NAC 334.120, the Administrator or a designee will submit the request to the Hearings Division of the Department of Administration for assignment to a hearing officer.

     2.  A hearing requested pursuant to subsection 2 of NAC 334.120 operates as a stay of action with respect to the withdrawal of approval of the contract or amendment until a determination on the appeal is made by the hearing officer assigned to hear the appeal.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)

      NAC 334.140  Hearing to appeal denial or withdrawal of approval of contract: Posting or submission and disposition of bond or other security. (NRS 334.025)

     1.  A registered organization that requests a hearing pursuant to subsection 3 of NAC 334.110 or subsection 2 of NAC 334.120 must:

     (a) Post a bond with a solvent surety authorized to do business in this State; or

     (b) Submit to the Administrator other security that is approved by the Administrator.

     2.  A bond posted or other security submitted pursuant to subsection 1 must be in an amount equal to 25 percent of the estimated total value of the contract or amendment for which the denial or withdrawal of approval is being appealed. At the request of a registered organization posting or submitting a bond or security, the Administrator shall provide to the registered organization:

     (a) The estimated total value of the contract or amendment for which the denial or withdrawal of approval is being appealed; and

     (b) The method for determining the estimated total value of the contract or amendment.

     3.  The Administrator shall hold a bond or other security posted or submitted pursuant to subsection 1 until a determination on the appeal has been made by the hearing officer assigned to hear the appeal.

     4.  If the hearing officer finds in favor of the registered organization, the bond or other security will be returned to the registered organization within 30 days after the finding.

     5.  If the hearing officer does not find in favor of the registered organization, the Division will make a claim against the bond or other security for an amount equal to the expenses incurred by the Division in defending the appeal. Such a claim must be heard by the hearing officer that was assigned to hear the appeal or another hearing officer of the Hearings Division of the Department of Administration. Any amount of the bond or other security not awarded to the Division as part of the claim will be returned to the registered organization within 30 days after the hearing on the claim.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)

      NAC 334.150  Quarterly reports to Administrator by registered organization that entered into contract. (NRS 334.025)

     1.  Not later than 20 days after the end of each quarter of a fiscal year, a registered organization that has entered into a contract with an agency pursuant to the Program, with a governing body of a local government or its authorized representative pursuant to NRS 332.117 or with the Purchasing Division of the Department of Administration pursuant to NRS 333.375, shall provide a written report to the Administrator. Each quarterly report must include, without limitation:

     (a) The number of contracts the registered organization has entered into during the preceding quarter pursuant to NRS 332.117, 333.375 or 334.025 which are in effect and a list of the agencies with which the registered organization has entered into those contracts; and

     (b) The following information relating to each such contract:

          (1) The type and scope of the services or commodities to be provided pursuant to the contract;

          (2) The total number of persons with disabilities employed by the registered organization to provide services or commodities to an agency pursuant to the contract;

          (3) The number of persons with disabilities who are employed by the registered organization to provide services or commodities to an agency pursuant to the contract who have at least 90 days of competitive employment without a break in service;

          (4) The annual value of the contract;

          (5) The ratio of the number of persons with disabilities who are employed by the registered organization to provide services or commodities to an agency pursuant to the contract to the number of persons without disabilities who are employed by the registered organization to provide services or commodities to an agency pursuant to the contract;

          (6) The hourly wage which is paid to each person with a disability who is employed by the registered organization to provide services or commodities pursuant to the contract; and

          (7) The number of days each person with a disability was employed by the registered organization to provide services or commodities pursuant to the contract.

     2.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Competitive employment” means work:

          (1) In the competitive labor market that is performed by a person with a disability on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting; and

          (2) For which the person with a disability is compensated at or above the federal minimum wage or the state minimum wage, other than the special minimum wage as that term is defined in NAC 608.250, but not less than the customary wage and the level of benefits paid by the employer of the person with a disability for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.

     (b) “Fiscal year” means a period beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30 of the following year.

     (c) “Integrated setting” has the meaning ascribed to it in 34 C.F.R. § 361.5(b)(33).

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R227-05, eff. 5-4-2006; A by R105-08, 12-17-2008)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 232.290)

      NAC 334.160  Complaint of alleged noncompliance of registered organization: Filing; contents. (NRS 334.025)  A person may file a complaint with the Division alleging the noncompliance of a registered organization with the provisions of this chapter or NRS 334.025. Such a complaint must:

     1.  Be in writing;

     2.  Contain the contact information of the person who filed the complaint; and

     3.  Be signed by the person who filed the complaint.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)

      NAC 334.170  Audit of books and records of registered organization. (NRS 334.025)  The Division may audit the books and records of a registered organization:

     1.  To ensure that the carrying out of a contract or amendment entered into by the registered organization pursuant to the Program effectuates the purposes of the Program.

     2.  In the course of conducting an investigation of a complaint filed pursuant to NAC 334.160.

     3.  In response to any legal action alleging noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter or NRS 334.025.

     (Added to NAC by Rehabilitation Div. by R105-08, eff. 12-17-2008)