EAlert: From the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services

To strengthen the partnership between New York City and our human service nonprofit sector, we feature updates from The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS).  MOCS oversees New York City procurement and works with City agencies, vendors and community-based organizations to ensure that the contracting process is fair, efficient, transparent and cost-effective.

Hire NYC Human Services Rider Automatic Exemption: Effective immediately, any human service contract with a personal service value of less than $250,000 is automatically exempt from the Hire NYC Human Service Rider. The Rider will be updated at the start of FY19 to automatically exempt Section H (1) (a) “The annual contract amount is less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) in annual value of personnel costs, excluding fringe benefits and other-than-personal-services (OTPS).” Previously, providers were required to proactively request an exemption if their contract(s) did not meet the $250,000 threshold for personal services. With this amendment, the exemption will be automatic.

The City still welcomes participation from providers who fall below the automatic exemption threshold, as Business Link offers services that support identification and recruitment of qualified job candidates.

Any questions about this policy or the HireNYC program can be directed to Business Link’s email: HumanServices@hra.nyc.gov

Standardized Audit Guide: A standardized audit guide establishes a framework for a consistent audit process and timeline across human service City agencies. The Guide was developed in collaboration with nine City agencies, nine certified public accounting (CPA) firms, and fourteen nonprofits. The City is piloting the Guide with currently scheduled audits over the next 6 months to test the process before a proposed wider roll-out.

The Guide to Collaborative Communication with Human Services Providers (Guide): is a roadmap for New York City human service agencies to collaborate with the sector on program and service design. The Guide helps agencies understand their various options for communicating with key stakeholders while conforming with the requirements of the Procurement Policy Board of the City of New York (“PPB Rules”). The City is currently using the guide to develop solicitations. Download the guide

The Guide is a complementary resource to Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics, an introduction to service design for public servants that offers a set of practical ways to include design methods in their work. This collection of tools and tactics help public servants to see their service in context, talk with people who use it, and try out ideas in low-risk ways.
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DOHMH Streamlines Claims Verification Process:  DOHMH has initiated a series of streamlining efforts for claims verification.   You may utilize the HHS Accelerator Document Vault to upload and share documentation.

Insurance RFI Conference on March 14, 2018:  With the support of the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee, providers released a request for information about a pooled insurance program. Providers established a conference with brokers for March 14th.  If you would like more information about the RFI or the conference please contact RFI@cpc-nyc.org.

For more details about policies and practices impacting the nonprofit human service sector, please visit the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee web page

David M. Rottkamp David M. Rottkamp, CPA, is an Audit Partner and Nonprofit Practice Leader, at Grassi. David has over 36 years of experience providing audit and advisory services to the not-for-profit and health care industries. David focuses on organizations serving individuals with special needs, religious organizations, educational institutions, membership associations, social service providers, healthcare providers, foundations, and the arts and culture world. David’s technical knowledge allows... Read full bio

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