Justification- Sole Source Contract by bjF33N


Sole Source Contract

When filing a sole source contract, documented justification must be capable of
withstanding public, legislative, and executive scrutiny and must include the following

■ Specific Problem or Need:
    - Identify and fully describe the specific problem, requirement, or need that the
      contract is intended to address and which makes the services necessary.
    - Include an explanation as to how the agency determined the services are critical or
      essential to agency responsibilities or operations and/or whether the services are
      mandated or authorized by the Washington State Legislature.

■ Other Public Resources:
    Explain how the agency concluded:
    - Sufficient staffing or expertise is not available within the agency and not just within
      an agency division to perform the service, and
    - Other governmental resources (local, state, or federal agencies) external to the
      agency are not available to perform the service more efficiently or more cost

■ Sole Source Criteria: Include a detailed explanation of the items below that are relevant
  to the sole source decision.

    - Unique Characteristics- Describe the unique qualifications, abilities, or expertise of
      the contractor to meet the agency needs and/or the unique nature of the services.
      Unique qualifications or services would be those that are highly specialized or one-
      of-a-kind. Other factors that may be considered include past performance, cost-
      effectiveness (learning curve), and/or follow-up nature of the required services. Past
      performance alone does not provide adequate justification for a sole source

    - Special Circumstances- Provide a description of any other special circumstances that
      may be relevant such as confidential investigations, copyright restrictions, time
      constraints, or sole availability at the location.

    - Time Constraints- If time constraints are applicable, identify the following:
             -    When the agency was on notice of the need for the services,
             -    The entity that imposed the constraints,
             -    Explain the authority (if not obvious) of that entity to impose them, and
             -    Provide the timelines for work to be accomplished.

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    - Geographic Limitation- If the proposed contractor is the only source available in the
      geographical area, state the basis for this conclusion and the rationale for limiting
      the size of the geographical area selected.

■ Sole Source WEBS Posting / Advertisement:
    - WEBS Posting-
             - Sole source contracts of $5,000 or more are required to be posted in WEBS
               prior to award.
    - Advertising Information-
             - Sole source contracts of $20,000 or more must also be advertised in
               accordance with Subsection 15.20.60. Include the name of the newspaper
               the advertisement was published in, the date(s) of the advertisement, and
               the name(s) of entities responding.
    - If no responses are received, so indicate.
    - If one or more responses are received, explain how the agency concluded the
      contract is appropriate for sole source award.
    - Response to Advertising- If the sole source contract is exempt from advertising per
      Subsection 15.20.60.c, explain the basis for the exemption and include a copy of any
      documentation that provides the authority for the exemption, as applicable.
    Note: Sole source advertisement is not required when executing an amendment to a
    sole source contract.
    Institutions of higher education are required to post and/or advertise sole source
    contracts of $5,000 or more, regardless of fund source.

■   Reasonableness of Costs: Since competition was not used as the means for
    procurement, explain how the agency concluded that the costs, fees, or rates negotiated
    are fair and reasonable. Make either a comparison with comparable contracts, use the
    results of a market survey, or employ some other appropriate means calculated to make
    such a determination.

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