Has the authority changed what Virginia ABC does?
The authority transition has not changed 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 still operates a profitable business and promotes 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.
Has the authority transition impacted the administrative hearings process?
Virginia ABC continues to review hearings processes for addressing disciplinary matters related to ABC law violations, contested applications and franchise disputes. The authority continues to evaluate the revised procedures to ensure that all interested parties have access to an unbiased, fair and efficient dispute resolution system.
How have information technology services changed in 2019?
The authority legislation exempts Virginia ABC from Virginia Information Technology Act (VITA) statutory requirements. Virginia ABC is electing to acquire information technology infrastructure and services outside VITA. Virginia ABC will continue to look at services offered by VITA compared to non-VITA services as we move forward to determine which provides the best value and fit for ABC. Examples include migrating email, collaboration and calendars from VITA to Office365 with Microsoft, rather than the standard VITA Gmail offering. It is not mandated that Virginia ABC completely separate from VITA, but rather provides the organization with the option to determine what VITA should continue to maintain and what Virginia ABC would like to handle differently. In mid-2019, Virginia ABC will go live with a new financial management suite from Oracle, as well as begin implementation of a new point-of-sale system.
What has changed for vendors regarding contracts with Virginia ABC?
The Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA) is no longer 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.