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JoAnn Adkins, our Statewide Contract Buyer, Looks Forward to Challenges

JoAnn Adkins, who joined the Purchasing Division in September of last year, has recently been assigned to handle all statewide contracts for the Purchasing Division.

She was fortunate to be trained by her predecessor, Betty Francisco, who retired at the end of February. JoAnn stated that she is currently in the process of absorbing all the information associated with state- wide contracts as well as the needs of each agency. There are more than 80 statewide contracts currently in effect. For a list of all statewide contracts processed by the Purchasing Division, visit our website at http://www.state.wv.us/admin/purchase/ swc.

“I am excited to be embarking upon this new adventure. But, it will be nice to finally settle into a routine and step into some of the same puddles that Betty did,” Adkins said.

For questions concerning statewide contracts, please contact JoAnn Adkins at (304) 558-8802 or joadkins@wvadmin.gov.

Legislative Rule for Purchasing Modified

Inspection Unit Continued from Page 1

With the passage of House Bill 2616, the Legislative Rule relating to Purchasing (CSR 148) has been approved.

The Purchasing Division is in the process of making the ap- propriate changes to the Rule and filing with the Secretary of State. Once this is completed, a notification will be issued to all procurement officers.

At this time, changes re- flected in the Rule will be made to the Purchasing Handbook and agencies will be provided with a final opportunity to sug- gest specific changes.

“We’ve had a great response with at least one spending unit volunteer- ing to be one of the first for us to inspect,” said Contract Manager Mike Sheets. “As we slowly roll out the program, we hope to be in full swing by July of this year."

With some informational tools being developed, Sheets said he views education as the primary role of this program. “We want to be considered at the agency level as a resource for the spending unit and the procurement officers within state government, somebody they can come to for any questions they might have,” Sheets adds.

Bi-Annual Review to Address Mileage Reimbursement

Due to the fluctuating gas- oline prices in recent months, many state employees have voiced concern that the state- approved mileage reimbursement rate does not keep pace with these changes, said Cabinet Secretary Robert W. Ferguson Jr. of the Department of Administration in a memorandum dated March 23, 2007.

Traditionally, the state mileage reimbursement rate has mirrored that of the federal government. Secretary Ferguson explains that since the State Travel Management Office is statutorily administered within his department, he will be responsible to review the state reimbursement rate and compare it with the federal government reimbursement criteria, which is approved by the Internal Revenue Service.

This review will take place bi- annually (in July and January of each year) to determine the rate for the following six months.

Notification will be sent through the State Travel Management Office to the respective agency travel coordinators regarding the results of the review and, if applicable, any change that may be made to the current mileage reimbursement rate.

Questions regarding the state mileage reimbursement rate or any other travel-related issue should be directed to your agency travel coordinator or the State Travel Manager Catherine DeMarco at (304) 558-2613 or via email at cdemarco@wvadmin.gov.


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