A sole-source procurement is the purchase of supplies or services from a vendor without advising or seeking competition. Sole-source procurements are authorized under M.G.L. c.30B only under very limited circumstances.
M.G.L. c.30B, § 7, authorizes sole-source procurements of supplies or services with a value of $50,000 or less when a reasonable investigation shows that there is only one practicable source for the required supply or service. The determination must be made in writing.
A sole-source contract may be awarded in an amount of less than $50,000 or a contract for the procurement of library books, school textbooks, educational programs, educational courses, educational curricula in any media including educational software, newspapers, serials, periodicals, audiovisual materials or software maintenance without competition when, after reasonable investigation, the Vice President of Finance and Operations is assured in writing that only one practicable sources for the required supply or service exists. The Sole Source Justification form must be filled out and attached to the online requisition form. To obtain the Sole Source Justification form please contact Alena Volynkina, email@example.com, or x4470.
Sole-Source Purchases 2 CFR 200.320 (Federal funding)
Procurement by noncompetitive proposals is procurement through solicitation of a proposal from only one source and may be used only when one or more of the following circumstances apply: (1) The item is available only from a single source; (2) The public exigency or emergency for the requirement will not permit a delay resulting from competitive solicitation; (3) The Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity expressly authorizes noncompetitive proposals in response to a written request from the non-Federal entity; or (4) After solicitation of a number of sources, competition is determined inadequate. Profit must be negotiated as a separate element of the price for each contract in which there is no price competition.