(a) This chapter shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes and policies.
(b) In enacting this chapter, the Council supports the following statutory purposes:
(1) To simplify, clarify, and modernize the law governing the procurement of goods, services, and construction items by the District government;
(2) To foster effective and equitably broad-based competition in the District by supporting the free enterprise system and the certified business enterprise program as set forth in subchapter IX-A of Chapter 2 of this title [§ 2-218.01 et seq.], and its implementing rules;
(3) To obtain full and open competition by providing that contractors are given adequate opportunities to bid;
(4) To ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all persons who deal with the procurement system of the District government;
(5) To increase public confidence in the procedures followed in public procurement;
(6) To promote efficiency and eliminate duplication in the District government procurement organization and operation to reduce costs;
(7) To provide increased economy in procurement activities and maximize, to the fullest extent practicable, the purchasing power of the District government;
(8) To permit the continued development of procurement laws, policies, and practices;
(9) To provide for timely, effective, and efficient service to District agencies and individuals doing business with the District government;
(10) To promote the development of uniform procurement procedures District government-wide;
(11) To improve the understanding of procurement laws and policies within the District government by organizations and individuals doing business with the District government; and
(12) To promote, to the maximum extent feasible, the purchase of environmentally preferable products and services.
2001 Ed., § 2-301.01.
This section is referenced in § 1-301.01, § 2-1217.34f, § 2-1594, § 4-1303.03, § 7-1131.04, § 8-1778.25, § 8-1778.45, § 9-107.56, § 10-1802, § 22-4235, § 24-101a, § 34-1312.05, § 34-2202.14, § 34-2202.17, § 42-815.02, § 47-1303.04, § 47-1336, and § 50-211.02.
Eastern market real property asset management and outdoor vending, contract with nonprofit association or corporation to operate farmers’ market, see § 37-105.
Mental Health Services Client Enterprise Program, exception from the provisions of this chapter, see § 44-921.
Non-health related occupations and professions licensure, staffing and administration of licensure boards, contracts for support services, see § 47-2853.10.