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R33. Administrative Services, Purchasing and General Services.

Rule R33-5. Other Standard Procurement Processes.

As in effect on September 1, 2016

Table of Contents

R33-5-101. Request for Information.

In addition to the requirements of Part 5 of the Utah Procurement Code, a Request for Information should indicate the procedure for business confidentiality claims and other protections provided by the Utah Government Records and Access Management Act.

R33-5-104. Small Purchases.

Small purchases shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section 63G-6a-506. This administrative rule provides additional requirements and procedures and must be used in conjunction with the Procurement Code.

(1) Small Purchase thresholds:

(a) The "Individual Procurement" threshold is a maximum amount of $1,000 for a procurement item;

(i) For individual procurement item(s) costing up to $1,000, a procurement unit may select the best source by direct award and without seeking competitive bids or quotes.

(b) The single procurement aggregate threshold is a maximum amount of $5,000 for multiple procurement item(s) purchased from one source at one time; and

(c) The annual cumulative threshold from the same source is a maximum amount of $50,000.

(3) Whenever practicable, the Division of Purchasing and General Services and procurement units shall use a rotation system or other system designed to allow for competition when using the small purchases process.

R33-5-105. Small Purchases Threshold for Design Professional Services.

(1) The small purchase threshold for design professional services is a maximum amount of $100,000.

(2) Design professional services may be procured up to a maximum of $100,000, by direct negotiation after reviewing the qualifications of a minimum of three design professional firms.

(3) When using this rule in conjunction with an approved vendor list, the procurement unit shall select design professional firms identified in Subsection (2) from the approved vendor list using one or more of the following methods:

(a) A rotation system, organized alphabetically, numerically, or randomly;

(b) Assignment of vendors to a specified geographic area;

(c) Assignment of vendors based on each vendor's particular expertise or field; or

(d) Another method approved by the chief procurement officer or head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority;

(4) A procurement unit shall include minimum specifications when using the small purchase threshold for design professional services.

(5) Executive Branch procurement units, to the extent they do not have independent procurement authority, shall involve the Division of Purchasing in the qualification process described under Section 63G-6a-410, the approved vendor list process described under Section 63G-6a-507, and the evaluation and fee negotiation process described in Part 15 of the Utah Procurement Code in the procurement of design professional services.

(6) A procurement unit using this rule must comply with the following:

(a) Utah Code 63G-6a-506(8) -- Prohibition against dividing a procurement into one or more smaller procurements;

(b) Utah Code 63G-6a, Part 24 -- Unlawful Conduct and Penalties;

(c) R33-24-104 -- Socialization with Vendors and Contractors;

(d) R33-24-105 -- Financial Conflict of Interests Prohibited;

(e) R33-24-106 -- Personal Relationship, Favoritism, or Bias Participation Prohibitions; and

(f) All other applicable laws and rules.

R33-5-106. Small Purchases Threshold for Construction Projects.

(1) The small construction project threshold is a maximum of $2,500,000 for direct construction costs, including design and allowable furniture or equipment costs;

(2) A procurement unit shall include minimum specifications when using the small purchases threshold for construction projects.

(3) Executive Branch procurement units, to the extent they do not have independent procurement authority, shall involve the Division of Purchasing in the qualification process described under Section 63G-6a-410, the approved vendor list process described under Section 63G-6a-507, and the obtaining of quotes, bids or proposals in the procurement of small construction projects.

(4) The chief procurement officer, or as applicable, the head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority, may procure small construction projects up to a maximum of $25,000 by direct award without seeking competitive bids or quotes after documenting that all building code approvals, licensing requirements, permitting and other construction related requirements are met. The awarded contractor must certify that it is capable of meeting the minimum specifications of the project.

(5) The chief procurement officer, or as applicable, the head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority, may procure small construction projects costing more than $25,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 by obtaining a minimum of two competitive quotes that include minimum specifications and shall award to the contractor with the lowest quote that meets the specifications after documenting that all applicable building code approvals, licensing requirements, permitting and other construction related requirements are met.

(6) When using this rule in conjunction with an approved vendor list, the procurement unit shall select vendors and contractors identified in Subsections (4) and (5) from the approved vendor list using one or more of the following methods:

(a) A rotation system, organized alphabetically, numerically, or randomly;

(b) Assignment of vendors to a specified geographic area;

(c) Assignment of vendors based on each vendor's particular expertise or field;

(d) Invite all contractors on the approved vendor list to submit quotes, applicable to Subsection (5) only; or

(e) Another method approved by the chief procurement officer or head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority;

(7) Under this rule, the chief procurement officer or head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority shall procure small construction projects costing more than $100,000 up to a maximum of $2.5 million through a two-stage process. Stage one, qualify vendors under Section 63G-6a-410 and develop an Approved Vendor List under Section 63G-6a-507. Stage two, issue to all vendors, qualified and approved in stage one, an invitation for bids or request for proposals and use the procedures set forth therein to award a contract.

(8) A procurement unit using this rule must comply with the following:

(a) Utah Code 63G-6a-506(8) -- Prohibition against dividing a procurement into one or more smaller procurements;

(b) Utah Code 63G-6a, Part 24 -- Unlawful Conduct and Penalties;

(c) R33-24-104 -- Socialization with Vendors and Contractors;

(d) R33-24-105 -- Financial Conflict of Interests Prohibited;

(e) R33-24-106 -- Personal Relationship, Favoritism, or Bias Participation Prohibitions; and

(f) All other applicable laws and rules.

R33-5-107. Quotes for Small Purchases from $1,001 to $50,000.

(1) For procurement item(s) where the cost is greater than $1,000 but up to a maximum of $5,000, a procurement unit shall obtain a minimum of two competitive quotes that include minimum specifications and shall purchase the procurement item from the responsible vendor offering the lowest quote that meets the specifications.

(2) For procurement item(s) where the cost is greater than $5,000 up to a maximum of $50,000, a procurement unit with independent procurement authority or the Division of Purchasing and General Services on behalf of an executive branch procurement unit without independent procurement authority, as applicable, shall obtain a minimum of two competitive quotes that include minimum specifications and shall purchase the procurement item from the responsible vendor offering the lowest quote that meets the specifications.

(3) For procurement item(s) costing over $50,000, a procurement unit with independent procurement authority or the Division of Purchasing and General Services on behalf of an executive branch procurement unit without independent procurement authority, as applicable, shall conduct an invitation for bids or other procurement process outlined in the Utah Procurement Code.

(4) Limited Purchasing Delegation for Small Purchases. The Division of Purchasing and General Services may delegate limited purchasing authority for small purchases costing more than $5,000 up to a maximum of $50,000, to an executive branch procurement unit provided that the executive branch procurement unit enters into an agreement with the Division outlining the duties and responsibilities of the unit to comply with applicable laws, rules, policies and other requirements of the Division.

(5) The names of the vendors offering quotations and bids and the date and amount of each quotation or bid shall be recorded and maintained as a governmental record.

(6) A procurement unit using this rule must comply with the following:

(a) Utah Code 63G-6a-506(8) -- Prohibition against dividing a procurement into one or more smaller procurements;

(b) Utah Code 63G-6a, Part 24 -- Unlawful Conduct and Penalties;

(c) R33-24-104 -- Socialization with Vendors and Contractors;

(d) R33-24-105 -- Financial Conflict of Interests Prohibited;

(e) R33-24-106 -- Personal Relationship, Favoritism, or Bias Participation Prohibitions; and

(f) All other applicable laws and rules.

(7) When using this rule in conjunction with an approved vendor list, the procurement unit shall select vendors from the approved vendor list using one or more of the following methods:

(a) A rotation system, organized alphabetically, numerically, or randomly;

(b) Assignment of vendors to a specified geographic area;

(c) Assignment of vendors based on each vendor's particular expertise or field;

(d) Invite all vendors on the approved vendor list to submit quotes; or

(e) Another method approved by the chief procurement officer or head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority;

R33-5-108. Small Purchases of Professional Service Providers and Consultants.

(1) The small purchase threshold for professional service providers and consultants is a maximum amount of $100,000.

(2) After reviewing the qualifications of a minimum of two professional service providers or consultants, the chief procurement officer, or as applicable, the head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority, may obtain professional services or consulting services:

(a) up to a maximum of $50,000 by direct negotiation; or

(b) over $50,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 by obtaining a minimum of two quotes.

(3) When using this rule in conjunction with an approved vendor list, the procurement unit shall select contractors from the approved vendor list using one or more of the following methods:

(a) A rotation system, organized alphabetically, numerically, or randomly;

(b) Assignment of vendors to a specified geographic area;

(c) Assignment of vendors based on each vendor's particular expertise or field;

(d) Invite all vendors on the approved vendor list to submit quotes; or

(e) Another method approved by the chief procurement officer or head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority;

(4) Executive Branch procurement units, to the extent they do not have independent procurement authority, shall involve the Division of Purchasing at the beginning of the quote or solicitation process, in the procurement of professional services or consulting services.

(5) A procurement unit using this rule must comply with the following:

(a) Utah Code 63G-6a-506(8) -- Prohibition against dividing a procurement into one or more smaller procurements;

(b) Utah Code 63G-6a, Part 24 -- Unlawful Conduct and Penalties;

(c) R33-24-104 -- Socialization with Vendors and Contractors;

(d) R33-24-105 -- Financial Conflict of Interests Prohibited;

(e) R33-24-106 -- Personal Relationship, Favoritism, or Bias Participation Prohibitions;

(f) R33-4-103(3) -- Persons with a conflict of interest, or who anticipate responding to the proposal for which the specifications are written, may not participate in writing specifications; and

(g) All other applicable laws and rules.

R33-5-201. Approved Vendor List.

In accordance with the provisions set forth in Section 63G-6a-507, a procurement unit may establish an approved vendor list and award contracts using the following methods and all associated laws and rules:

(a) Section 63G-6a-113 and 507(6)(b), Contract Award Based on Established Terms;

(b) Section 63G-6a-609, Multiple Stage Bidding Process;

(c) Section 63G-6a-710, Multiple Stage RFP Process;

(d) Section 63G-6a, Part 15, Design Professional Services; or

(e) Section 63G-6a-506, Small Purchases.

R33-5-202. Contract Award Based on Established Terms.

(1) In accordance with Section 63G-6a-113 and 507(6)(b), a procurement unit may award a contract to a vendor on an approved vendor list at an established price based on:

(a) A price list, rate schedule, or pricing catalog:

(i) Submitted by a vendor and accepted by the procurement unit; or

(ii) Mandated by the procurement unit or a federal agency; or

(b) A federal regulation for a health and human services program.

(2) Established terms submitted by vendors on an approved vendor list:

(a) When awarding a contract to an approved vendor based on a price list, rate schedule, or pricing catalog submitted by the vendor, the procurement unit shall, as applicable:

(i) Assign work or purchase from the approved vendor with the lowest price, rate or catalog price;

(A) In case of a tie for the lowest price, the procurement unit shall follow the process described in Section R33-6-111 to resolve tie; and

(B) If the lowest-cost approved vendor cannot provide the procurement item or quantity needed, then work shall be assigned or the purchase made from the next lowest-cost vendor, and so on, until the procurement unit's needs are met;

(ii) Establish a cost threshold based on cost analysis as set forth in Section R33-12-603 and 604, and assign work or purchase from an approved vendor meeting the cost threshold using one of the following methods:

(A) A rotation system, organized alphabetically, numerically, or randomly;

(B) Assignment of vendors to a specified geographic area;

(C) Assignment of vendors based on each vendor's particular expertise or field; or

(D) Another method approved by the chief procurement officer or head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority; and

(iii) In accordance with Section 63G-6a-1206.5, an approved vendor may lower its price, rate, or catalog price at any time during the time a contract is in effect in order to be assigned work or receive purchases under Subsections (i) and (ii).

(3) Established terms mandated by procurement unit or federal agency:

(a) When awarding a contract to an approved vendor based on a price list, rate schedule, or pricing catalog mandated by the procurement unit or a federal agency, the procurement unit shall use one of the following methods to assign work or purchase from a vendor on an approved vendor list:

(i) A rotation system, organized alphabetically, numerically, or randomly;

(ii) Assignment of vendors to a specified geographic area;

(iii) Assignment of vendors based on each vendor's particular expertise or field; or

(iv) Another method approved by the chief procurement officer or head of a procurement unit with independent procurement authority;

(4) When awarding a contract to an approved vendor based on a price list, rate schedule, or pricing catalog based on a federal regulation for a health and human services program the procurement unit shall follow the requirements set forth in the applicable federal regulation to assign work or make a purchase.

(5) In accordance with the provisions set forth in Section 63G-6a-2105, the chief procurement officer may award a contract(s) to vendors on an approved vendor list on a statewide, regional, or combined statewide and regional basis.

R33-5-203. Performance Rating System for Vendors on an Approved Vendor List.

(1) A procurement unit may develop a performance rating system to evaluate the performance of vendors on an approved vendor list, provided the performance rating system is described in the Request for Statement of Qualifications used to establish the approved vendor list. and includes:

(a) The minimum performance rating threshold that approved vendors must achieve in order to remain on the approved vendor list; and

(b) A statement indicating that vendors whose performance does not meet the minimum performance rating threshold may be disqualified and removed from the approved vendor list.

(2) A procurement unit that disqualifies and removes a vendor from an approved vendor list shall:

(a) Make a written finding that:

(i) Describes the performance rating system;

(ii) Identifies the minimum performance rating threshold; and

(iii) Explains the performance rating achieved by the disqualified vendor; and

(b) Provide a copy of the written finding to the disqualified vendor.

R33-5-204. Approved Vendor Lists -- Using Small Purchase Process.

(1) When awarding a contract to an approved vendor using the small purchasing process, the procurement unit shall follow the small purchase requirements set forth in Section 63G-6a-506 and the following Administrative Rules as applicable:

(a) Section R33-5-104. Small Purchases

(b) Section R33-5-105. Small Purchases Threshold for Design Professional Services;

(c) Section R33-5-106. Small Purchases Threshold for Construction Projects;

(d) Section R33-5-107. Quotes for Small Purchases from $1,001, to $50,000;

(e) Section R33-5-108. Small Purchases of Professional Service Providers and Consultants;

(2) Executive branch employees are required to use state contracts for all small purchases for procurement items available on state contract.

KEY

government purchasing, procurements, request for information

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

August 22, 2016

Notice of Continuation

July 8, 2014

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

63G-6a


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R33, please contact the promulgating agency (Administrative Services, Purchasing and General Services). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.