1.4 Process for requesting an exception to a VITA's IT procurement policy or procedure

If an agency head determines that compliance with a provision of any procurement policy, standard or guideline contained in this manual would result in a significant adverse impact or hardship to the agency, the agency head shall request approval to deviate from the procurement requirement by submitting an exception request to the CIO in writing. Included in such request shall be a statement detailing the reasons for the exception needed, the significant adverse impact or hardship the agency would experience if VITA's procurement policy or procedure was followed and how the agency intends to procure the needed IT good or service. All exception requests shall be evaluated and decided upon by the CIO and the requesting agency shall be informed of the decision and action taken.