[Chapter 16 pdf]

Chapter highlights:

Purpose: This chapter defines sole source IT procurements and outlines sole source policies.

Key points:

  • Sole source Information technology (IT) procurements are defined as procurements withonly one solution to meet an agency's IT needs, and only one supplier can provide the technology goods and/or services required for the solution.
  • Proprietary IT solutions do not justify a sole source procurement. Proprietary procurements are defined as those in which there is only one solution available to meet an agency's IT needs; however, multiple suppliers may provide the technology goods and/or services required for the solution.