8e. Memo

Contract Temporary Employment Services Agencies

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                        Item No.          8e 
ACTION ITEM                            Date of Meeting        July 12, 2022 
DATE:     June 13, 2022 
TO:       Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Katie Gerard, Sr. Director, Human Resources
Kim DesMarais, Director, Talent Management, Human Resources 
Ericka Singh, Manager, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources
Derek Bender, Lead Sr. Talent Acquisition Representative, Human Resources
SUBJECT:  Temporary Employment Agency Services Contract(s) – Accounting/Finance
Amount of This Request:    $ 2,500,000.00    Source of             Individual Department
Funds:                  Budgets, as utilized 
Request Commission authorization for the Executive Director to execute two-year contracts for
up to three temporary employment services agencies with the potential for up to three, one-year
renewal options to be exercised at the sole discretion of the Port of Seattle. Over the five-year 
contract period (2022-2027), the total amount for all executed  contracts will not exceed
$2,500,000. Anticipated start date of the contract(s) is November 16, 2022.
The Port contracted with Resources Global Professionals (RGP) and Diskriter (S-00319244; S-
00319245) to provide Accounting, Finance, and Auditor  agency employees for varying
assignments. The Port entered its contract s with both agencies in November 2017 and has
exercised all renewal options.
The selection of the temporary services agency will utilize a fair and competitive process in
accordance with Central Procurement Office policies and procedures.
These existing temporary staffing contracts cover vacant positions typically resulting from staff
turnover and/or for special projects for Accounting & Financial Reporting, Finance & Budget,
and Internal Audit Departments. Periodically the Accounting & Financial Reporting, Finance &
Budget, and Internal Audit departments have special projects and/or critical vacancies requiring
additional temporary staff since existing staff are fully committed to existing operational
priorities leaving no time for these occasional and yet critical assignments. These contracts
provide the Port with the flexibility to meet business needs as they arise by allowing accounting,
finance, and internal audit to hire qualified temporary professional staffing on an as-needed

Template revised May 30, 2013.

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Meeting Date: July 12, 2022 
During the September 12, 2017, Commission Meeting, Commissioners unanimously approved
and authored item 4H to execute and replace the previous staffing agency contracts, up to but not
to exceed $2,500,000 expiring five years from date of execution (11/2022).
The Commission authorized two contracts in November of 2017 not to exceed a total amount of
$2,500,000. The Accounting & Financial Reporting, Finance & Budget, and Internal Audit
departments have all used the contract with heaviest usage in the Aviation Finance & Budget
department due to staffing turnover/shortages and special projects. Given the challenges in
staffing regular positions within the Port, ongoing project and program demands for the abovementioned
departments, and the support required to help the Port meet its business objectives,
these contracts allow for the opportunity to adequately staff and resource, as appropriate.

We are currently working with the Diversity in Contracting office to determine WMBE
aspirational goals if subcontracting opportunities are available. From the previous agreements,
one of the two firms awarded is a WMBE vendor.

Commission authorization                        July 2022 
Request for Proposal Advertisement               July 2022 
Contract Award                                 October 2022 
Start of Service                                      November 16, 2022 
The total estimated cost of implementing and executing these contracts over a two (2) year
period with three (3) one-year options is $2,500,000. Since this contract(s) will be utilized on an
as-needed basis and reasons for temporary services cannot always be foreseen, the estimated
value of the contract is based upon the utilization of the current temporary agency services since
its inception in 2017, factoring underutilization since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis,
annual estimated cost of living adjustments and year over year escalators in vendor rates,
minimum wage increases, market driven challenges in recruitment and benefit costs for future
anticipated bill rates. Each Port of Seattle department will be responsible for payment at the
agreed upon bill rate outlined in the contract(s) for the services requested. Hourly rates for
services are submitted by interested agencies during the RFP process and will be evaluated
during  the  selection  process  by  Human  Resources  and  the  Central  Procurement  Office
representatives. Appropriate rates are set through this contract for the various levels of services
requested and delivered. Hourly rates for services are not negotiable between temporary agency
employees and the department receiving the service after contract execution. Human Resources
will pay invoices using the receiving department org and subclass information.

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Meeting Date: July 12, 2022 
•     An increase in bill rates to reflect City of Seattle cost of living and continual livable
wage evaluations within the local talent market. 
•    Increase in benefit costs for vendor, rolled into overall bill rates charged to the Port.
•    Increased wages given current market conditions related to candidate market availability. 
Alternative 1 – Engage in temporary staffing purchased service contract(s) for needs as they
Cost Implications: Range from $50,000 to $150,000 per assignment request.
(1)   This alternative would ensure adequate staffing needs for ongoing work and/or special
(1)   Require additional contracts to be executed on an as-needed basis, resulting in a
significant  delay  in  providing  services  to  requesting  departments  and  significant
impacts to workloads of CPO/requesting department(s).
(2)   Likely require additional Commission approval for most, if not all, requests given
dollar value of services rendered.
(3)   Requestors would bear responsibility to engage in contract agreements as needed.
This is not the recommended alternative. 

Alternative 2 - Hire “Emergency Hire” staff instead of entering into contract(s) with outside
Cost Implications: Emergency Hires are difficult to attract in the current job market and likely
results  in  delays.  The  delay  in  placement  and  staffing  support  would  result  in  loss  of
1.  Emergency  Hires  are  considered  Port  employees  and  are  given  increased  access  to
2.  Emergency Hires are eligible for many (but not all) Port provided benefits.
3.  Emergency  Hires  are  considered  employees  when  applying  for  other  internal  job
1.  Emergency hires would require the department or Human Resources to identify or source
a candidate for the opportunity.
2.  If recruitment is needed, it would result in a significantly longer lead time to identify and
bring a candidate on board.

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Meeting Date: July 12, 2022 
3.  Emergency Hires are limited to a maximum of 150-day assignment as a result of Port
policy related to Department of Retirement Systems PERS implications. 
4.  Often scope of work and assignment needs exceed 150 days, resulting in the department
having to reduce the scope of work.
5.  Emergency Hires are employees of the Port; Temporary Agency staff are employees of
their respective agency who assume most the risk/liabilities associated. 
This is not a recommended alternative. 
Alternative 3 – Procure up to three (3) temporary staffing agency contracts. 
Cost Implications: As described above, the total estimated cost of implementing and executing
these contracts over a two (2) year period with three (3) one-year options is $2,500,000. This
amount is forecasted using historical utilization data over the previous five (5) years, annual
estimated cost of living adjustments and year over year escalators in vendor rates, minimum
wage increases and benefit costs for future anticipated bill rates.
1.  Assignments require little time to fill, increasing likelihood of more immediate staffing
2.  Almost all opportunities result in multiple qualified professionals shared with the Port,
able to help meet the business needs of the department. 
3.  Does not diminish staffing capacity in other areas and/or departments.
4.  Temporary staffing agencies have much deeper and broader database of candidates to
serve in various roles.
5.  Provides for flexibility if scope of work and assignment require longer term extension.
6.  Agency staff are employees of their respective agency who assume most risk/liability. 
1.  Often lack specific Port knowledge and require more training than leveraging existing
2.  Increase cost compared to other limited resource options.
This is the recommended alternative. 

The total contract(s) will not exceed $2,500,000. No work is guaranteed to the staffing agency
and the Port is not obligated to pay until services are rendered.


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Meeting Date: July 12, 2022 
September 12, 2017 – The Commission authorized the Executive Director to replace contracts
expiring October 4, 2017, by executing up to three contracts for one-year periods with four oneyear
options with a temporary staffing agency. The sum of the usage against contract(s) will not
exceed $2,500,000 expiring five years from execution (Item 4H).


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