BPW Announcements

Sept. 7, 2016 -
Board of Public Works Issues New Advisory: 2016-1 (Fair & Reasonable Contract Price)

This Advisory instructs State agencies on how to ensure that a procurement contract price is fair and reasonable. This guidance must be incorporated into Action Agenda Items recommending award of contracts based on a single bid or a single offer received or based on a sole source determination.

Full details can be read here: Adv-2016-1​


June 17, 2016 -
Commission to Modernize State Procurement Announces Third Public Meeting

Governor Larry Hogan’s Commission to Modernize State Procurement, chaired by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, will host its second of three regional meetings on the following date:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
10 AM to 12 Noon
Eastern Fire Hall
315 Aurora Park Drive
Easton, MD 21601

Parking is available at the Easton Fire Hall.

The Commission's Website is available here​.
For additional details, download the press release here.


May 18, 2016 -
Commission to Modernize State Procurement Announces Second Public Meeting

Governor Larry Hogan’s Commission to Modernize State Procurement, chaired by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, will host its second of three regional meetings on the following date:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
10 AM to 12 Noon
Knights of Columbus Hall
1010 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

Parking is available next to the Knights of Columbus Hall.

For additional details, download the press release here.



April 27, 2016 -
Commission to Modernize State Procurement to Hold Meetings Open to the Public

Governor Larry Hogan’s Commission to Modernize State Procurement, chaired by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, will host three regional meetings. The first Public Regional Meeting will be held:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
10 AM to 12 Noon
Kenhill Center
2614 Kenhill Drive
Bowie, Prince George’s County​

For additional details, download the press release here​.


April 14, 2016 -
Veteran-Owned Small Business Program

The Veteran-owned Small Business Program annual report for Fiscal Year 2015 is now online. View or download it here​.


March 28, 2016 -
Announced: Next Meeting of The Commission to Modernize State Procurement

The Procurement Commission will be having its next organizational meeting on Thursday, April 21 from 3pm to 5pm at the Wineland Building, 16 Francis St., 4th Floor Conference Room, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Questions or comments can be directed towards the commission via email at the following:
procurement.modernization@maryland.gov​.


March 16, 2016 -
The Board of Public Works Welcomes Dori Jaffe as its New General Counsel

The Board of Public Works is pleased to appoint Dori Jaffe as its General Counsel.  Ms. Jaffe is an accomplished, experienced government attorney with a strong background in regulatory compliance, administrative law, public records, and environmental and land use law.

The General Counsel provides independent legal advice to the Board on all matters within the Board’s broad jurisdiction. The General Counsel, working with the Board’s Procurement Advisor, reviews procurement recommendations made to the Board, communicates legal guidance to State procurement officials, and investigates procurement complaints. In addition, the General Counsel advises the Board on State tidal wetlands licenses, State property transactions, and administrative law, including public records queries.

For the past dozen years, Ms. Jaffe has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the State of Washington. There she represented clients at the Departments of Ecology and Health. Areas of focus included toxic and hazardous waste cleanups, drinking water, shellfish and water protection, and generally advising her government clients on public records, open meetings, and interpreting and drafting regulations. 

Ms. Jaffe received a B.S. in environmental engineering from Mercer University and her J.D. and M.S (environmental regulation and policy) from Vermont Law School before moving west to Washington State.  Ms. Jaffe became a member of the Maryland Bar this past December. (Maryland’s good fortune is that Ms. Jaffe has relocated here with her husband, a member of the United States Army.) She belongs also to the Washington State Bar Association and is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  

Ms. Jaffe resides with her family in Hanover, Anne Arundel County. You might see her flashing by in sneakers – she’s run ten marathons! Ms. Jaffe begins her duties with the Board of Public Works on March 16, 2016.


February 26, 2016 -
Commission to Modernize State Procurement

The first meeting of the Commission to Modernize State Procurement is scheduled for the following:

Time: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 3:00pm

Place: The Wineland Building
16 Francis St.,
4th Floor Conference Room,
Annapolis, MD 21401

The commission will meet to discuss the organizational structure, administrative staff, communications, ethics rules, the Open Meetings Act, guiding principles, the duties outlined in the Executive Order, and any questions and concerns.


February 24, 2016 -
IAC Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2017 CIP Appeals

Recommendations can be downloaded here​. (23MB download)


October 2015 -
Video Lottery Operations Revenue - Small, Minority, & Women-Owned Businesses Account

The performance audit report by the Department of Legislative Services can be downloaded here​. (20MB download).​