Legislation to help residents find work by creating a searchable Internet database listing all available government contracts has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.
“There are hundreds of public entities in New Jersey with the authority to contract work. But far too often, jobs are advertised in a way that makes them accessible only by those who are in the know,” said Sen. Donald Norcross, who sponsored the bill with Sen. Linda Greenstein. “By creating an online state database for public contract listings, we will ensure that bidding opportunities are available to all contractors, and that they are all on a level playing field in their quest to find work.”
“Bulletin NJ will serve as a one-stop-shop for contractors looking for work, giving them instant access to all bidding opportunities available at public entities across the state,” Greenstein said in a release. “At a time when so many people are still unemployed, this online tool will ensure that those seeking contracting work have the tools they need to access public contract listings, assess their qualifications and, ultimately, to find a job.”
The law (S2065) will create a searchable Internet database – to be known as “Bulletin NJ” – that would provide up-to-date information on requests for proposals and other government procurement opportunities published by a public contracting unit.
The database would be created by the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Office of Information Technology. It would be organized primarily by the name of the contracting unit publishing the job listings or request for proposals, and would be brought on line by March 1, 2012, under the law.