Will the authority change what Virginia ABC does?
The authority transition does not change Virginia ABC's current responsibilities, including the transfer of profits to Virginia's general fund. Whether it’s selling distilled spirits, issuing licenses or performing one of the hundreds of support functions, Virginia ABC will still operate a profitable business and promote public safety. Our mission, vision and values reflect the current and future direction of Virginia ABC. Those include:
Mission: To generate a reliable stream of revenue for Virginia and promote public safety through the responsible sale and regulation of alcoholic beverages.
Vision: To bring good spirits and excellent service to Virginia.
Values: (1) Accountability: We build trust by delivering on our promises. (2) Service: We take pride in our role as public servants and put customers, both internal and external, first in all we do. (3) Integrity: We are fair, consistent, transparent and treat everyone with respect. (4) Performance Excellence: We are innovative, collaborative and strive to improve every day.
Will the authority transition impact the administrative hearings process?
Virginia ABC is currently reviewing processes addressing disciplinary matters related to ABC law violations and contested license applications. The organization is working to ensure procedures are in place after the authority transition that adequately accommodate a part-time board and make operations more efficient and effective.
How will information technology services change in 2018?
The authority legislation exempts Virginia ABC from Virginia Information Technology Act (VITA) statutory requirements. No sooner than October 1, 2018, Virginia ABC may elect to no longer receive information technology infrastructure or security services from VITA. These changes provide Virginia ABC the flexibility to decide the best way for the organization to proceed based upon our unique circumstances rather than the “one size fits all” approach dictated by the Code of Virginia or VITA. It is not mandated that Virginia ABC completely separate from VITA, but rather provides the organization with the option to determine what they would like VITA to continue to maintain and what Virginia ABC would like to handle differently. Using privately maintained IT service providers could allow Virginia ABC the ability to enhance current systems to better support customer usage, such as website hosting.
What will change for vendors regarding contracts with Virginia ABC?
The Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA) will no longer be the governing document for establishing vendor relationships with Virginia ABC. Removing restrictions imposed by the Code of Virginia and the Department of General Services allows Virginia ABC procurement staff to determine how to best achieve the organization’s priorities and goals using their knowledge, experience and best practices. Virginia ABC is currently reviewing procurement processes to ensure efficient and effective procedures are in place after the authority transition that allow the organization to purchase goods and services needed to conduct business operations.