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(A) The Director shall monitor the City's utilization of Small-MBEs, Micro-LBEs, MBEs, WBEs, and OBEs in City contracting. The Director shall issue Contract exit reports for any Contract with LBE subcontracting participation requirements and/or LBE participation as a Joint Venture partner. The purpose of this exit report is to verify that Contractors satisfied their LBE Subcontractor participation requirements and LBEs Joint Venture partner commitments, if applicable.
(B) Investigations. The Director shall, at his or her discretion, investigate instances of potential noncompliance with this Chapter.
Bidders, Contractors, and Subcontractors shall cooperate in all respects with such an investigation. The Director may issue a written request for information to a Bidder, Contractor, or Subcontractor that identifies the records and any other information CMD requires and impose a reasonable deadline for responding. A Bidder, Contractor, or Subcontractor that fails to respond to the Director's request for information, or otherwise fails to cooperate in the investigation, or any such party who the Director determines, after investigation, has not complied with the Chapter, shall be subject, after notice and a full and adequate opportunity to be heard, to appropriate sanctions, including but not limited to the sanctions set forth in Section 14B.17(D).
(C) Conference and Conciliation. In the Director's sole discretion, the Director may attempt to resolve noncompliance with this Chapter by any Bidder, Contractor, or Subcontractor through informal processes, including conference and conciliation.
(D) Sanctions. The City, including the Director and Contract Awarding Authorities, as appropriate, may after affording notice of the alleged noncompliance and full and adequate due process, impose any of the following sanctions on a Bidder, Contractor, or Subcontractor who fails to comply with this Chapter:
(1) Declare a Bid non-responsive;
(2) Suspend a Contract;
(3) Withhold Contract payments;
(4) Assess contractual or statutory penalties;
(5) Debar a Bidder under Chapter 28;
(6) Revoke certification.
(E) Referral to Human Rights Commission. The City, including the Director and Contract Awarding Authorities, as appropriate, shall refer instances of alleged discrimination in contracting to the Human Rights Commission for investigation as set forth in 14B.9 and, as appropriate, imposition of sanctions under Administrative Code Chapter 12A.
(F) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Chapter, a Bidder, Contractor, or Subcontractor who demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that such person or entity made reasonable efforts to comply with, and monitor its compliance with, the provisions of this Chapter, that its failure to fully comply occurred in spite of such measures, that such party or entity acted at all times in good faith and without knowledge of its noncompliance, and that it has taken corrective steps to remedy future noncompliance, shall not be subject to Sanctions.
(G) Procedures for Revocation of Certification and Appeals Thereof. The procedures for appealing the Director's denial of an application for certification or nonrenewal upon expiration of the Certification term, shall be governed by Section 14B.4(C). The procedures for appealing the revocation or suspension of Certification during the Certification term shall be governed by Section 14B.17(I).
(I) City Administrator to Hear Appeals. Except as provided in Sections 14B.4(C) and 14B.17(H), the City Administrator or Hearing Officer appointed by the City Administrator shall hear appeals challenging any determination of the Director under this Section 14B.17. The City Administrator or Hearing Officer appointed by the City Administrator may sustain, reverse or modify the Director's findings and sanctions imposed, or take such other action to effectuate the purpose of this Chapter. Unless the City Administrator or Hearing Officer appointed by the City Administrator so orders, an appeal shall not stay the Director's determination and the imposition of sanctions.
(J) Willful Noncompliance by Contract Awarding Authority. Whenever the Director determines that a Contract Awarding Authority has willfully failed to comply with its duties under this Chapter, the Director shall attempt to resolve the matter informally with the Contract Awarding Authority. Should such attempt fail to resolve the issue, the Director shall inform the City Administrator of the Director's determination and the impasse in resolving the matter. If the City Administrator confirms the noncompliance and also is unable to resolve the matter informally, the City Administrator shall issue a written finding of noncompliance specifying the nature of the noncompliance, to the Contract Awarding Authority, the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors.
(K) Reporting Improper Government Activity; Protection of Whistleblowers. Complaints that a City officer or employee has engaged in improper government activity, including acts of reprisal, retaliation, threats, coercion, or similar acts, shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Article IV of the Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code.
(Added by Ord. 92-06, File No. 050784, App. 5/11/2006; amended by Ord. 250-14 , File No. 140999, App. 12/17/2014, Eff. 1/16/2015, Oper. 7/1/2015)