[Chapter 19 pdf]

Chapter highlights:

Purpose: This chapter contains policies and guidelines pertaining to the acquisition of information technology (IT) goods through the use of public, online and reverse auctions.

Key points:

  • The purchase of IT goods and nonprofessional services from a public auction sale shall be permitted by any authority, department, agency or non-exempt institution of higher education if approved in advance by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Commonwealth.
  • A reverse auction is a procurement method where suppliers are invited to bid on specified goods or nonprofessional services through real-time electronic bidding, with the award being made to the lowest responsive and responsible supplier.


19.2 Reverse auctions