(a)  An alternate procurement method to the Invitation for Bids (IFB) is a Request for Proposals (RFP).  When using a RFP, the rules of Subchapters 5A and 5B of this Chapter shall also apply.  A RFP may also be handled as a two step process in accordance with Rule .0305 of this Section.

(b)  For the purpose of Subchapters 5A and 5B of this Chapter, a solicitation document is defined as a written Request for Quotes (RFQ), RFP or an IFB.

(c)  All agencies shall use the IFB or RFP document, whichever is applicable, when soliciting competition on contracts valued over twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000).  The IFB and RFP solicitation documents used by agencies shall require bidders or offerors to certify that each bid or offer is submitted competitively and without collusion.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-49; 143-52; 143-53; 143-54;

Eff. February 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 23, 2016.