7.1 Small businesses, including small businesses owned by women, minorities and service disabled veterans and micro businesses

7.1.6 Award to other than the lowest price bidder or highest ranking offeror over $100,000

Contracts over $100,000 may be awarded to a reasonably priced or reasonably ranked DBSBD-certified and qualified small business bidder or offeror that is other than the lowest price bidder or highest ranking offeror. All potential awards to other than the lowest price bidder or highest ranking offeror must be approved in writing by VITA's Supply Chain Management Director or his designee before issuance of such award. In those instances where an award is made to other than the lowest price bidder or highest ranked offeror, the award shall be made to the DBSBD-certified small business that is the lowest priced responsive and responsible bidder, or the highest ranking offeror.