Competitive bids — Procedure — Exceptions. (Effective until January 1, 2013.)
Insofar as practicable, all purchases and sales shall be based on competitive bids, and a formal sealed, electronic, or web-based bid procedure, subject to RCW 43.19.1911, shall be used as standard procedure for all purchases and contracts for purchases and sales executed by the director and under the powers granted by RCW 43.19.190 through 43.19.1939. This requirement also applies to purchases and contracts for purchases and sales executed by agencies, including educational institutions, under delegated authority granted in accordance with provisions of RCW 43.19.190 or under RCW 28B.10.029. However, formal sealed, electronic, or web-based competitive bidding is not necessary for:
(1) Emergency purchases made pursuant to RCW 43.19.200 if the sealed bidding procedure would prevent or hinder the emergency from being met appropriately;
(2) Direct buy purchases and informal competitive bidding, as designated by the director of enterprise services. The director of enterprise services shall establish policies annually to define criteria and dollar thresholds for direct buy purchases and informal competitive bidding limits. These criteria may be adjusted to accommodate special market conditions and to promote market diversity for the benefit of the citizens of the state of Washington;
(3) Purchases which are clearly and legitimately limited to a single source of supply and purchases involving special facilities, services, or market conditions, in which instances the purchase price may be best established by direct negotiation;
(4) Purchases of insurance and bonds by the risk management office under RCW 43.19.769;
(5) Purchases and contracts for vocational rehabilitation clients of the department of social and health services: PROVIDED, That this exemption is effective only when the director of enterprise services, after consultation with the director of the division of vocational rehabilitation and appropriate department of social and health services procurement personnel, declares that such purchases may be best executed through direct negotiation with one or more suppliers in order to expeditiously meet the special needs of the state's vocational rehabilitation clients;
(6) Purchases by universities for hospital operation or biomedical teaching or research purposes and by the director of enterprise services, as the agent for state hospitals as defined in RCW 72.23.010, and for health care programs provided in state correctional institutions as defined in RCW 72.65.010(3) and veterans' institutions as defined in RCW 72.36.010 and 72.36.070, made by participating in contracts for materials, supplies, and equipment entered into by nonprofit cooperative hospital group purchasing organizations;
(7) Purchases for resale by institutions of higher education to other than public agencies when such purchases are for the express purpose of supporting instructional programs and may best be executed through direct negotiation with one or more suppliers in order to meet the special needs of the institution;
(8) Purchases by institutions of higher education under RCW 43.19.190(2), direct buy purchases, and informal competitive bidding, as designated by the director of enterprise services; and
(9) Off-contract purchases of Washington grown food when such food is not available from Washington sources through an existing contract. However, Washington grown food purchased under this subsection must be of an equivalent or better quality than similar food available through the contract and be able to be paid from the agency's existing budget. This requirement also applies to purchases and contracts for purchases executed by state agencies, including institutions of higher education, under delegated authority granted in accordance with RCW 43.19.190 or under RCW 28B.10.029.
Beginning on July 1, 1995, and on July 1st of each succeeding odd-numbered year, the dollar limits specified in this section shall be adjusted as follows: The office of financial management shall calculate such limits by adjusting the previous biennium's limits by the appropriate federal inflationary index reflecting the rate of inflation for the previous biennium. Such amounts shall be rounded to the nearest one hundred dollars.
As used in this section, "Washington grown" has the definition in RCW 15.64.060.
[2011 1st sp.s. c 43 § 210; 2008 c 215 § 5; 2006 c 363 § 1; 2002 c 332 § 4. Prior: 1999 sp.s. c 1 § 606; 1999 c 195 § 1; 1999 c 106 § 1; 1995 c 269 § 1404; 1994 c 300 § 1; 1993 c 379 § 103; 1992 c 85 § 1; prior: 1987 c 81 § 1; 1987 c 70 § 2; 1985 c 342 § 1; 1984 c 102 § 3; 1983 c 141 § 1; 1980 c 103 § 2; 1979 ex.s. c 14 § 1; 1977 ex.s. c 270 § 5; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 21 § 8; 1965 c 8 § 43.19.1906; prior: 1959 c 178 § 4.]
| Effective date -- Purpose -- 2011 1st sp.s. c 43: See notes following RCW 43.19.003.|
Findings -- Intent -- Short title -- Captions not law -- Conflict with federal requirements -- 2008 c 215: See notes following RCW 15.64.060.
Intent -- Effective date -- 2002 c 332: See notes following RCW 43.19.760.
Severability -- 1999 sp.s. c 1: "If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1999 sp.s. c 1 § 619.]
Effective date -- 1999 sp.s. c 1: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [May 27, 1999]." [1999 sp.s. c 1 § 620.]
Effective date -- Part headings not law -- Severability -- 1995 c 269: See notes following RCW 18.16.050.
Intent -- Severability -- Effective date -- 1993 c 379: See notes following RCW 28B.10.029.
Findings -- 1984 c 102: See note following RCW 43.19.200.
Severability -- 1980 c 103: See note following RCW 43.19.190.
Construction -- 1977 ex.s. c 270: See RCW 43.41.901.
Severability -- 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 21: See note following RCW 43.19.180.