RE: RSA Procurement Exemption
WHEREAS; RSA offers unduplicated services to blind Arizonans; and
WHEREAS; services provided and purchased by RSA are critical to insuring successful rehabilitation to persons with disabilities such as blindness; and
WHEREAS: RSA must work within the Arizona state procurement code which limits access to the most efficient, optimal, and economical services; and
WHEREAS, a process that does exist to procure services outside the state procurement code is a cumbersome and labor intensive process that can jeopardize the timely, efficient provision of services slow down and stop the rehabilitation process for blind and disabled Arizonans; and
WHEREAS, there are already some exemptions present within the Arizona state procurement code; and
WHEREAS; the exemption of client services, training, and adaptive technology for RSA consumers from the state procurement code would speed up and allow for the most optimal and efficient rehabilitation process including employment and independent living outcomes for blind and disabled Arizonans. NOW, THEREFORE;
BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in Convention assembled this 13th day of September 2009, in the city of Tucson, Arizona, that this organization pursues legislation in the next session of the Arizona Legislature for RSA client services.