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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
State contracting with veterans. Authorizes a state agency to identify a particular purchase of supplies or services as a set-aside for which offers will be accepted only from veteran owned small businesses verified by the Center of Veterans Enterprise of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as veteran owned small business concerns (VOSBs). Authorizes the public works division of the Indiana department of administration to designate certain public works projects as a set-aside for which offers will be accepted only from VOSBs. Provides that a veteran owned small business may not receive a small business price preference for a purchase designated as a VOSB set-aside. Provides that the Indiana economic development corporation may assist a state agency in compiling a list of veteran owned small businesses, helping veteran owned small businesses to comply with procedures for bidding on state contracts, helping to determine which purchases of supplies or services should be designated as VOSB set-asides, and simplifying specifications and contract terms to increase opportunities for VOSB participation in state contracts. Requires each state agency to set a goal of having veteran owned small businesses participate in purchases involving at least 3% of the overall dollar amount expended by the state agency each state fiscal year for purchases. Excuses a state agency from meeting the goal under certain circumstances. Requires the Indiana department of administration, beginning in 2014, to annually present a report to the governor and the legislative council that identifies each state agency that failed to meet the goal in the past state fiscal year, states why each of those state agencies failed to meet the goal, and states what each of the state agencies is doing to meet the goal in the current state fiscal year. Requires that the report be posted on the Indiana department of administration's Internet web site.