There are circumstances where competitive procurements are not practical, when only one supplier is available or when an emergency procurement exists. An overview of when to use non-competitive procurement methods is outlined below.
When to use
Where to learn more
Sole source procurements
There is only one solution practicably available
Product or service is only practicably available from a single supplier
Total value of the IT procurement exceeds$10,000
There is a serious or urgent situation requiring immediate action to protect persons or property.
Utilize competition to the extent practicable
Joint and Cooperative procurements (including GSA)
Can provide expedited acquisition
Other public body’s contract must have been jointly and cooperatively procured and allow for purchase by other public bodies
Contract was solicited “on behalf of other public bodies”
Item is not available on an existing statewide contract or available through a DSBSD-certified small business
Supplier must agree to all of VITA’s standard terms and conditions