2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:71A-10 - Contracts, purchases, records, travel.

18A:71A-10 Contracts, purchases, records, travel.

18A:71A-10. Contracts, Purchases, Records, Travel.

a. The authority, in the exercise of its power to make and enter into contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the execution of its powers, shall adopt standing operating rules and procedures providing that, except as hereinafter provided, no contract on behalf of the authority shall be entered into for the doing of any work, or for the hiring of equipment or vehicles, when the sum to be expended exceeds the sum of $25,000 or, after the effective date of P.L.1999, c.440, the amount determined pursuant to subsection b. of this section, unless the authority shall first publicly advertise for bids therefor, and shall award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder; provided, however, that such advertising shall not be required when the contract to be entered into is one for the furnishing or performing of services of a professional nature, or when the purchase is to be made through or by the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1959, c.40 (C.52:27B-56.1), or through a contract made by any of the following: the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority established under section 4 of P.L.1971, c.137 (C.5:10-4); the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission established under section 5 of P.L.1968, c.404 (C.13:17-5); the New Jersey Highway Authority established under section 4 of P.L.1952, c.16 (C.27:12B-4); the New Jersey Turnpike Authority established under section 3 of P.L.1948, c.454 (C.27:23-3); the New Jersey Water Supply Authority established under section 4 of P.L.1981, c.293 (C.58:1B-4); the South Jersey Transportation Authority established under section 4 of P.L.1991, c.252 (C.27:25A-4); the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey established under R.S.32:1-4; and the Delaware River Port Authority established under R.S.32:3-2. Waiver of bid advertising and of actual bidding shall be made by resolution of the authority for those goods, services, and contracts described in sections 4 and 5 of P.L.1954, c.48 (C.52:34-9 and 52:34-10).

This subsection shall not prevent the authority from having any work done by its own employees, nor shall it apply when the safety or protection of its or other public property requires. In the case of exigency or emergency, the authority shall, by resolution passed by the affirmative vote of a majority of its members, declare the exigency or emergency to exist, and set forth in the resolution the nature thereof and the approximate amount to be so expended.

b. Commencing in the fifth year after the year in which P.L.1999, c.440 takes effect, and every five years thereafter, the Governor, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, shall adjust the threshold amount set forth in subsection a. of this section, or the threshold amount resulting from any adjustment under this subsection, in direct proportion to the rise or fall of the index rate as that term is defined in section 2 of P.L.1971, c.198 (C.40A:11-2), and shall round the adjustment to the nearest $1,000. The Governor shall, no later than June 1 of every fifth year, notify the authority of the adjustment. The adjustment shall become effective July 1 of the year in which it is made.

c. The authority, in the exercise of its power to make purchases and enter into contracts, leases and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the execution of its powers, shall adopt standing operating rules and procedures providing that, subject to subsections a. and b. of this section, for purchases, contracts, leases and agreements payable exclusively with or out of funds transferred from the Higher Education Student Assistance Fund, the purchases, contracts, leases and agreements shall be subject to the authority's sole approval. Approval of the purchases, contracts, leases, and agreements shall not be required by any other department, division, board, bureau, agency, office or officer of the State.

d. The authority, without advertising for bids, or after having rejected all bids obtained pursuant to advertising therefor, may purchase any materials, supplies or equipment pursuant to a contract or contracts for the materials, supplies or equipment entered into on behalf of the State. Any department, division, commission, board, bureau, agency, office or officer of the State may, by joint action with the authority, purchase any articles used or needed by the State and the authority.

e. Records subject to the record retention requirements set forth under 20 U.S.C.s.1071 et seq., 20 U.S.C.s.1070c et seq., and 20 U.S.C.s.1104 et seq. and implementing regulations and rules shall not be "public records" for purposes of the "Destruction of Public Records Law (1953)," P.L.1953, c.410 (C.47: 3-15 et seq.), notwithstanding the provisions of any law to the contrary.

f. The executive director shall have the power to approve of travel consistent with Office of Management and Budget travel regulations, except that for travel that is payable exclusively with or out of funds transferred from the Higher Education Student Assistance Fund, no approval shall be required by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

L.1999, c.46, s.1; amended 1999, c.440, s.105.

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