section .0300 – procurement authorization and procedures
09 ncac 06b .0301 PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES
(a) The procurement process of requesting or inviting an offer(s) shall be managed by the purchasing agency, including use of standard solicitation document language and terms and conditions established by the State (Rule .0201 of this Subchapter). If an emergency situation or pressing need exists, the procurement process requesting or inviting an offer(s) shall also be managed by the purchasing agency, including the standard terms and conditions issued by the State CIO, unless circumstances prohibit their use. The standard solicitation documents are located at http://it.nc.gov/it-procurement-forms-and-templates.
(b) All information technology purchases involving the expenditure of state funds by the purchasing agency shall be competitively bid in conformity with the "Best Value" information technology procurement requirements in G.S. 143-135.9 and Rule .0302 of this Section. Exemptions may be granted by the State CIO where limited competition, waiver of competition (See Rule .0901 of this Subchapter), special delegation (see Rules .1303 and .1304 of this Section), exemption, or an emergency purchase is permitted by rule. Purchasing agency procurements not included in a statewide term, convenience, enterprise contract, or master agreement established by the State CIO shall comply with the applicable general delegations and procedures (Rule .1304 of this Subchapter).
(c) The agency head, or designee, shall set forth in writing procedures for making purchases under the agency's general delegation (Rule .1304 of this Subchapter). For purchases where the total requirements for goods and services involve an expenditure of state funds that does not exceed the purchasing agency's general delegation established by the State CIO, offers in conformity with G.S. 143-135.9 shall be solicited as follows:
(1) The purchasing agency may advertise solicitations for offers to provide small purchases through the State's designated IT procurement website(s) or by an alternate method of advertising, as may be approved by the State CIO in accordance with Rule .0314 of this Section;
(2) The purchasing agency shall award contracts for purchases.
(d) For purchases governed by statute, where the total requirements for goods and services involve an expenditure of State funds that exceeds the purchasing agency's general or special delegation established by the State CIO, offers in conformity with G.S. 143-135.9 shall be solicited as follows to encourage competition:
(1) The purchasing agency shall issue documents soliciting, requesting or inviting offers, as published by DIT:
(2) The purchasing agency shall include in solicitation documents standard language, including general or standard terms and conditions for technology purchases as published by DIT and in conformance with Rule .0316 of this Section. If additional terms and conditions are used, they shall not conflict with standard terms and conditions published pursuant to 09 NCAC 06A .0101 unless prior written approval is obtained under Rule .0201 of this Subchapter; and
(3) The purchasing agency may also request from the State CIO, known vendor sources amenable to competing for award of various State procurements.
(4) For purchases exceeding an agency's general delegation, the purchasing agency shall submit drafts of solicitation documents to the State CIO for approval prior to proceeding with the procurement process. The State CIO shall then engage in a review and approval process of such solicitation documents to ensure that proposed and actual IT procurements are advantageous to the State:
(A) After completing review and evaluation of offers received, the purchasing agency may prepare and submit to the State CIO for review a draft recommendation for award;
(B) After completing review and evaluation of offers received, the purchasing agency shall submit to the State CIO a written, final recommendation for award, including a copy of all offers received and all supporting documentation with its recommendation;
(C) The State CIO shall then review and either approve the recommendation or direct modification to the recommended procurement action as deemed in the best interest of the State or as directed by the State CIO, (e.g., award, cancellation, rebid, negotiation with known sources of supply, etc.);
(D) The State CIO shall notify the purchasing agency of any decision regarding that recommended procurement action; and
(E) Upon receipt of the State CIO notification, the purchasing agency shall proceed with the respective procurement action as directed.
(5) A contract term shall not be awarded for more than three years including extensions and renewals, without the prior approval of the State CIO, based on a determination that it is advantageous to the State pursuant to best value procurement.
History Note: Authority G.S. 143-135.9; 143B-1322(c); 143B-1350; 143B-1351(a);
Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2000;
Eff. August 1, 2000;
Amended Eff. September 1, 2013;
Readopted Eff. March 1, 2016.