As fair and open competition is the preeminent consideration in Commonwealth procurement, any agency making a sole source procurement must clearly and convincingly demonstrate the need for doing so. Examples of circumstances which could necessitate sole source procurement for technology goods or services include:
- Products that are unique and possess specific characteristics or have a unique capability to provide a particular function and such products are only available from only one supplier.
- A law or grant requires a single source.
- Recovery from a disaster or emergency.
Examples of circumstances which do not justify a sole source procurement for technology goods or services include:
- Single supplier's capability to deliver in the least amount of time.
- Small purchase procurements under $10,000.
- Proprietary solutions. Proprietary procurements are defined as those in which there is only one solution available to meet an agency's needs; however, multiple suppliers may provide the technology goods and/or services required for the solution. Proprietary solutions exist when the compatibility of equipment, replacement parts or service is the paramount consideration, but they should be procured using competition.