Senator   RONALD L. RICE
District 28 (Essex)
Expands powers and duties of State Chief Diversity Officer to promote diversity in State government and public contracting; makes officer member to State Investment Council.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the powers and duties of the State Chief Diversity Officer and amending P.L.2017, c.95 and P.L.1950, c.270.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1.       Section 1 of P.L.2017, c.95 (C.52:32-18.1) is amended to read as follows:
1.       a. There is established in the [Division of Purchase and Property in the] State Department of the Treasury the State Office of Diversity and Inclusion.   The purpose of the office shall be to lead New Jersey   s efforts to promote diversity in State government so that it is reflective of the State   s population and to increase utilization of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in the State   s public contracting process.
b.       The office shall be headed by a Chief Diversity Officer who shall be appointed by the Governor.
c.         It shall be the duty of the Chief Diversity Officer to:
(1)     advise the Governor on Statewide policies and procedures related to workforce diversity and minority-owned and women-owned business enterprise programs;
(2)     develop, administer, and implement a Statewide strategic diversity and inclusion plan designed to provide accountability, measure performance, and centralize processes and procedures across State agencies, colleges, and universities;
(3)     establish quarterly meetings with heads of State agencies, colleges, and universities to review and advise on diversity training, outreach, and utilization of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises;
(4)     collaborate with the Governor   s director of appointments and the head of each Executive Branch department to ensure diversity in recruitment for senior level positions;
(5)     collaborate with the head of each principal department in the Executive Branch to appoint a diversity officer for each department who shall be charged with identifying diverse workforce talent;
(6)     develop and implement a training curriculum that provides for core competencies in diversity, equity, and inclusion;
(7)     monitor the State   s public contracting process for the purpose of compiling information on the awarding of contracts to minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises, the total value of all contracts and the percentage of the value of those contracts awarded to minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises[.];
(8)     establish goals for participation of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises based on best estimates of market availability without set-asides or quotas;
(9)     receive reports from dedicated procurement officers across State agencies, colleges, and universities charged with implementation of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprise goals for purposes of compiling an annual report to the Governor evaluating attainment of such goals;
(10)       oversee the implementation and utilization of a Statewide software system that monitors and tracks State agency, college, and university minority-owned and women-owned business enterprise spending in real time, provides analysis of agency utilization goals, and alerts agencies when current spending patterns are projected to not reach those goals;
(11)       ensure that State procurement solicitation documents set forth minority-owned and women-owned business enterprise goals and require that State agencies, colleges, and universities provide lists of known minority-owned and women owned business enterprise subcontractors to parties seeking such information;
(12)       establish protocols and practices for State agencies, colleges, and universities to conduct outreach efforts to minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises;
(13)       ensure that the State Department of the Treas