Secretary of State Ross Miller Wants Businesses to Show Proper Licenses Before State Issues Contracts
Says state may have awarded contracts to companies not in good standing
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Contact: Pam duPré
(Carson City, NV –March 9, 2010) – Secretary of State Ross Miller said today the state must do more to make sure the private contractors it hires are properly licensed and registered in Nevada. Secretary Miller’s comments came during today’s meeting of the State Board of Examiners (BOE). Governor Jim Gibbons and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto also sit on the three-member board.
The Board of Examiners each year approves hundreds of private contracts for a variety of products and services, from building leases to technical support. A recent analysis by the Secretary of State’s office revealed that some of the private contractors recommended to provide services for the state may not have had a state business license or otherwise maintained their companies in good standing. On Secretary Miller’s recommendation, the BOE today approved 63 contracts with the provision that state agencies document the companies’ status. Companies not in good standing could lose their state contract.
The Secretary of State’s office manages the formation of business entities and the annual updates they are required to provide. Last October, the office also assumed responsibility for issuing the state business license. Consolidating corporate entity information in the Secretary of State’s Commercial Recordings Division was the first step in establishing the Nevada Business Portal that will eventually allow businesses to conduct all of their transactions with state government through one online service. It will also allow the Secretary of State’s office to ensure that all companies doing business in the state are properly licensed.
“I’m one of the staunchest advocates for business interests in Nevada,” Secretary Miller said. “I believe ours is the most business-friendly state in the country and I’m always looking for ways to bring more business here. At the same time, we can’t expect compliant businesses to pick up the slack for companies that don’t do their due diligence and fail to pay the required fees to maintain good corporate standing. We can check the status of all companies in one database now, so there should be no excuse for rewarding a non-compliant company with a state contract funded by taxpayers.”
The Board of Examiners will now ask for documentation of a business’ corporate standing before issuing a state contract. The measure is one of several recommended by Secretary Miller and adopted by the BOE in recent years to make state government operate more efficiently and with greater transparency to the public.