Chancellor John Sharp announced today that The Texas A&M University System has released the final three Requests for Proposals for the potential outsourcing of facility support services at the Texas A&M System. The RFPs seek proposals from private entities to manage and operate building maintenance, landscaping services and custodial services.
These RFPs are focused on areas where there are no substantial revenue components, but significant cost bases that may benefit from the economies offered by outside companies with significant scale and buying power. However, in most cases, these companies would not have the existing workforce to perform the actual services for a new client, such as Texas A&M. Therefore, their preference is to employ the current staff.
“The core functions of this university are to educate students and facilitate research,” said Sharp. “Everything we do here is to support those two functions. That said, our employees – their jobs, salaries and benefits — will be a key consideration in the evaluation of any proposal from the private sector.
“We owe it to the taxpayers of Texas to look into all options on how to run this university as efficiently as possible.” The chancellor said that once responses to the RFPs are received, a multi-disciplinary team will be appointed to conduct a careful and deliberate review of the proposals over the next several months.
An RFP for dining services was issued last week, with facility tours and pre-proposal conferences to begin on the Texas A&M campus next week.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.