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File #: 20-0814    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 6/12/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 6/30/2020 Final action: 6/30/2020
Title: Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board adopt Policy D-5, titled "Food Purchases," to establish a uniform administrative policy related to the County’s purchase of, or reimbursement for, food and beverages provided to County officers and employees, members of legislative or advisory bodies established by the Board (salaried or not), volunteers, contractors, and consultants for a County business purpose. This policy would not apply to any purchase of food or beverages that is covered under Board of Supervisors Policy D-1, "Travel." FUNDING: N/A
Attachments: 1. A - Proposed Policy D-5, 2. Board Policy D-5 - Food Purchases
Title
Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board adopt Policy D-5, titled "Food Purchases," to establish a uniform administrative policy related to the County’s purchase of, or reimbursement for, food and beverages provided to County officers and employees, members of legislative or advisory bodies established by the Board (salaried or not), volunteers, contractors, and consultants for a County business purpose. This policy would not apply to any purchase of food or beverages that is covered under Board of Supervisors Policy D-1, "Travel."

FUNDING: N/A
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
Board of Supervisors Policy D-1, "Travel," addresses the payment and reimbursement of expenses related to County-authorized travel. This policy used to include language regarding the purchase of meals in certain situations that were not related to travel, such as the provision of lunches to non-County employees participating in interview panels. The language did not fully address all the situations in which County departments have the need to purchase food or beverages and which are not related to travel. After discussion with the Department Heads, the Chief Administrative Office (CAO) convened a working group to develop a policy specifically related to the purchase of food and beverages. The policy was distributed to Department Heads for review, discussed at a Department Head meeting, and reviewed by County Counsel.

Highlights of the policy include:
-Requirement for demonstrable County business need
-List of instances in which the purchase of food and beverages is allowable
-Requirement to stay within General Services Administration (GSA) meal rates in most instances
-Advance Department Head approval required except in cases of emergency
-Exceptions for emergency situations
-Prohibition on purchase of alcohol
-Annual reporting requirement

The policy requires departments to submit annual reports on expenditures to the Chief Administrative Office, who will compile the infor...

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