Purchasing & Contracting
Purchasing & Contracting Department manages the following programs:
The Equal Benefits Program ensures compliance with the Equal Benefits Ordinance (EBO) by assisting contractors in understanding obligations, monitoring contracts, maintaining records, conducting reviews, investigating complaints, and providing reports as needed.
Equal Opportunity Contracting serves both businesses and the labor market by working to ensure equal access to contracting opportunities with the City of San Diego. Working in partnership with City departments/agencies and other local, state and federal agencies, the Equal Opportunity Contracting monitors and enforces equal opportunity and public contracting laws related to the use of construction contractors, consultants, vendors, and suppliers.
The purpose of the Equal Pay Ordinance is to complement and ensure compliance with non-discrimination laws and the California Equal Pay Act and Fair Pay Act, as codified in California Labor Code section 1197.5. Through the contracting process, the City uses its purchasing power to require businesses to equalize wages between employees who perform equal or substantially similar work, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity, to the maximum extent permitted by law.
The Living Wage Program is responsible for the continual monitoring of the City's contracts for compliance with the mandates of the Living Wage Ordinance, and responding to and resolving complaints from employees of contracted firms.
The City's Title VI Program ensures the City does not tolerate discrimination by a City employee or recipients of Federal funds.
The Purchasing & Contracting Department and Environmental Services Department share management of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program.
The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program (EP3) promotes the purchase of Environmentally Preferable Products throughout City departments to foster the practice of responsible purchasing choices that are cost effective and reduce the impact of such purchases on public health and the environment.
The Purchasing & Contracting Department encourages businesses to explore opportunities in Corporate Partnership Program.
The Corporate Partnerships and Development Program works with companies to create benefits that generate a return on investment for a company by providing valuable services or benefits to the residents and City employees of San Diego.