[Chapter 17 pdf]

Chapter highlights:

Purpose: This chapter defines emergency information technology (IT) procurements and outlines emergency procurement policies.

Key points:

  • Any agency can make emergency procurements when an urgent situation arises and the particular IT need cannot be met through normal procurement methods. The agency head must approve the emergency procurement in writing.
  • An emergency is a serious or urgent situation requiring immediate action to protect persons or property. An emergency can be a threat to public health, welfare or safety caused by floods, epidemics, riots, equipment failure, fire loss or such other reason.
  • The agency is required to first search VITA’s statewide contracts to determine if existing sources are available to fulfill the emergency procurement, since these contracts have been competed and negotiated.



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