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2018 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

Small Purchases Conforming Technical (language only)

Item 4-9.05 #1h

Item 4-9.05 #1h

Education: Higher Education
Small Purchases

Language

Page 525, after line 16, insert:

"Notwithstanding the small purchase procedures contained in Rules Governing Procurement of Goods, Services, Insurance, and Construction for public institutions governed under Chapters 933 and 943 of the 2006 Acts of Assembly, Chapters 594 and 616 of the 2008 Acts of Assembly, Chapters 675 and 685 of the 2009 Acts of Assembly, and public institutions that have an approved memorandum of understanding with the Commonwealth of Virginia as permitted by Chapters 824 and 829 of the 2008 Acts of Assembly:

a. Public institutions conducting procurements under the autonomy granted may establish purchase procedures, if adopted in writing, not requiring competitive sealed bids or competitive negotiation for single or term contracts for goods and services other than professional services and construction if the aggregate or the sum of all phases is not expected to exceed $100,000; however, such small purchase procedures shall provide for competition wherever practicable.

b. Public institutions conducting procurements under the autonomy granted may establish purchase procedures, if adopted in writing, not requiring competitive sealed bids or competitive negotiation for single or term contracts for professional services if the aggregate or the sum of all phases is not expected to exceed $80,000; however such small purchase procedures shall provide for competition wherever practicable.

c. Purchases under this section that are expected to exceed $30,000 shall require the (a) written informal solicitation of a minimum of four bidders or offerors and (b) posting of a public notice on the Department of General Services' central electronic procurement website."



Explanation

(This amendment is to align small purchase thresholds for Institutions operating under higher education restructuring to match state agency thresholds contained in the Virginia Public Procurement Act, which have been changed in recent years.)