The Contract Advisory Team – Delegation and Review (CAT-RAD) is the SPD section dedicated to the review of solicitations for contracts with a value of $10 million or greater as part of the Contract Advisory Team (CAT) and Review and Delegation (RAD) of reviews for contracts between $100,000 and $10 million where agencies are required to obtain delegated authority for purchases over $100,000.
The Contract Advisory Team (CAT) was created to assist state agencies in improving contract management practices by reviewing and making recommendations on solicitation documents and contract documents for contracts that have a value of at least $10 million or greater during the full term of the contract, including any renewals periods authorized under the contract.
Review and Delegation is required when state agency purchasing staff exceed the established dollar limits where agencies have delegated authority to purchasing commodities up to $25,000 and services up to $100,000. If an agency exceeds these established dollar limits they must seek delegated authority from the Comptroller’s Office under the Statewide Procurement Division (SPD) to make these purchases.
Agencies shall submit reviews to CATRAD that meet the following criteria:
If the initial major contract solicitation document submitted to the CAT changes substantially, agencies are required to resubmit their solicitation document(s) for CAT review. Changes in the major contract solicitation are considered substantial when:
Effective September 1, 2016, the Contract Advisory Team Review and Delegation program will no longer be reviewing boilerplate terms and conditions. These boilerplate terms and conditions are the standard templates typically used by your agency for the majority of its procurements and contain all or most of the essential and recommended clauses in the Contract Management Guide.
Should your agency like to request a review of its boilerplate terms and conditions, they may do so annually by having the agency’s procurement director submit the request and a copy of the template to 2262.Contract.Advisory.Team@cpa.texas.gov.
The automatic system generation of CAT reviews and delegation
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.