2014 Florida Statutes
Business case to outsource; applicability.
Business case to outsource; applicability.
287.0571 Business case to outsource; applicability.—
(1) It is the intent of the Legislature that each state agency focus on its core mission and deliver services effectively and efficiently by leveraging resources and contracting with private sector vendors whenever vendors can more effectively and efficiently provide services and reduce the cost of government.
(2) It is further the intent of the Legislature that business cases to outsource be evaluated for feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency before a state agency proceeds with any outsourcing of services.
(3) This section does not apply to:
(a) A procurement of commodities and contractual services listed in s. 287.057(3)(d) and (e) and (21).
(b) A procurement of contractual services subject to s. 287.055.
(c) A contract in support of the planning, development, implementation, operation, or maintenance of the road, bridge, and public transportation construction program of the Department of Transportation.
(d) A procurement of commodities or contractual services which does not constitute an outsourcing of services or activities.
(4) An agency shall complete a business case for any outsourcing project that has an expected cost in excess of $10 million within a single fiscal year. The business case shall be submitted pursuant to s. 216.023. The business case shall be available as part of the solicitation but is not subject to challenge and shall include the following:
(a) A detailed description of the service or activity for which the outsourcing is proposed.
(b) A description and analysis of the state agency’s current performance, based on existing performance metrics if the state agency is currently performing the service or activity.
(c) The goals desired to be achieved through the proposed outsourcing and the rationale for such goals.
(d) A citation to the existing or proposed legal authority for outsourcing the service or activity.
(e) A description of available options for achieving the goals. If state employees are currently performing the service or activity, at least one option involving maintaining state provision of the service or activity shall be included.
(f) An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of each option, including, at a minimum, potential performance improvements and risks.
(g) A description of the current market for the contractual services that are under consideration for outsourcing.
(h) A cost-benefit analysis documenting the direct and indirect specific baseline costs, savings, and qualitative and quantitative benefits involved in or resulting from the implementation of the recommended option or options. Such analysis must specify the schedule that, at a minimum, must be adhered to in order to achieve the estimated savings. All elements of cost must be clearly identified in the cost-benefit analysis, described in the business case, and supported by applicable records and reports. The state agency head shall attest that, based on the data and information underlying the business case, to the best of his or her knowledge, all projected costs, savings, and benefits are valid and achievable. As used in this section, the term “cost” means the reasonable, relevant, and verifiable cost, which may include, but is not limited to, elements such as personnel, materials and supplies, services, equipment, capital depreciation, rent, maintenance and repairs, utilities, insurance, personnel travel, overhead, and interim and final payments. The appropriate elements shall depend on the nature of the specific initiative. As used in this paragraph, the term “savings” means the difference between the direct and indirect actual annual baseline costs compared to the projected annual cost for the contracted functions or responsibilities in any succeeding state fiscal year during the term of the contract.
(i) A description of differences among current state agency policies and processes and, as appropriate, a discussion of options for or a plan to standardize, consolidate, or revise current policies and processes, if any, to reduce the customization of any proposed solution that would otherwise be required.
(j) A description of the specific performance standards that must, at a minimum, be met to ensure adequate performance.
(k) The projected timeframe for key events from the beginning of the procurement process through the expiration of a contract.
(l) A plan to ensure compliance with the public records law.
(m) A specific and feasible contingency plan addressing contractor nonperformance and a description of the tasks involved in and costs required for its implementation.
(n) A state agency’s transition plan for addressing changes in the number of agency personnel, affected business processes, employee transition issues, and communication with affected stakeholders, such as agency clients and the public. The transition plan must contain a reemployment and retraining assistance plan for employees who are not retained by the state agency or employed by the contractor.
(o) A plan for ensuring access by persons with disabilities in compliance with applicable state and federal law.
(5) In addition to the contract requirements provided in s. 287.058, each contract for a proposed outsourcing, pursuant to this section, must include, but need not be limited to, the following contractual provisions:
(a) A scope-of-work provision that clearly specifies each service or deliverable to be provided, including a description of each deliverable or activity that is quantifiable, measurable, and verifiable. This provision must include a clause that states if a particular service or deliverable is inadvertently omitted or not clearly specified but determined to be operationally necessary and verified to have been performed by the agency within the 12 months before the execution of the contract, such service or deliverable will be provided by the contractor through the identified contract-amendment process.
(b) A service-level-agreement provision describing all services to be provided under the terms of the agreement, the state agency’s service requirements and performance objectives, specific responsibilities of the state agency and the contractor, and the process for amending any portion of the service-level agreement. Each service-level agreement must contain an exclusivity clause that allows the state agency to retain the right to perform the service or activity, directly or with another contractor, if service levels are not being achieved.
(c) A provision that identifies all associated costs, specific payment terms, and payment schedules, including provisions governing incentives and financial disincentives and criteria governing payment.
(d) A provision that identifies a clear and specific transition plan that will be implemented in order to complete all required activities needed to transfer the service or activity from the state agency to the contractor and operate the service or activity successfully.
(e) A performance-standards provision that identifies all required performance standards, which must include, at a minimum:
1. Detailed and measurable acceptance criteria for each deliverable and service to be provided to the state agency under the terms of the contract which document the required performance level.
2. A method for monitoring and reporting progress in achieving specified performance standards and levels.
3. The sanctions or disincentives that shall be imposed for nonperformance by the contractor or state agency.
(f) A provision that requires the contractor and its subcontractors to maintain adequate accounting records that comply with all applicable federal and state laws and generally accepted accounting principles.
(g) A provision that authorizes the state agency to have access to and to audit all records related to the contract and subcontracts, or any responsibilities or functions under the contract and subcontracts, for purposes of legislative oversight, and a requirement for audits by a service organization in accordance with professional auditing standards, if appropriate.
(h) A provision that requires the contractor to interview and consider for employment with the contractor each displaced state employee who is interested in such employment.
(i) A contingency-plan provision that describes the mechanism for continuing the operation of the service or activity, including transferring the service or activity back to the state agency or successor contractor if the contractor fails to perform and comply with the performance standards and levels of the contract and the contract is terminated.
(j) A provision that requires the contractor and its subcontractors to comply with public records laws, specifically to:
1. Keep and maintain the public records that ordinarily and necessarily would be required by the state agency in order to perform the service or activity.
2. Provide the public with access to such public records on the same terms and conditions that the state agency would provide the records and at a cost that does not exceed that provided in chapter 119 or as otherwise provided by law.
3. Ensure that records that are exempt or records that are confidential and exempt are not disclosed except as authorized by law.
4. Meet all requirements for retaining records and transfer to the state agency, at no cost, all public records in possession of the contractor upon termination of the contract and destroy any duplicate public records that are exempt or confidential and exempt. All records stored electronically must be provided to the state agency in a format that is compatible with the information technology systems of the state agency.
(k)1. A provision that provides that any copyrightable or patentable intellectual property produced as a result of work or services performed under the contract, or in any way connected with the contract, shall be the property of the state, with only such exceptions as are clearly expressed and reasonably valued in the contract.
2. A provision that provides that, if the primary purpose of the contract is the creation of intellectual property, the state shall retain an unencumbered right to use such property.
(l) If applicable, a provision that allows the agency to purchase from the contractor, at its depreciated value, assets used by the contractor in the performance of the contract. If assets have not depreciated, the agency shall retain the right to negotiate to purchase at an agreed-upon cost.
History.—s. 2, ch. 2006-224; s. 20, ch. 2010-151; s. 7, ch. 2013-154.