[Chapter 14 pdf]

Chapter highlights:

Purpose:The purpose of this chapter is to provide information technology (IT) purchasing professionals with descriptions of various IT procurement methods and when to use these methods.

Key points:

  • Fair and open competition is the core concept behind the Virginia Public Procurement Act. The procurement methods available that utilize competition are quick quotes, competitive sealed bidding, competitive negotiation and auctions.
  • There are circumstances where competitive procurements are not practical. There are times when only one supplier is practicably available or when an emergency must be addressed immediately.