01 NCAC 05B .1602          EMERGENCIES

(a)  An agency may make purchases of commodities, printing or services in the open market in cases of emergency or pressing need.  For this purpose, a pressing need is one arising from unforeseen causes including, but not limited to, delay by contractors, delay in transportation, breakdown in machinery, or unanticipated volume of work while emergencies are defined as situations which endanger lives, property or the continuation of a vital program and which can be rectified only by immediate, on-the-spot purchases or rental of commodities, printing or services.

(b)  Agencies may negotiate with a potential vendor(s) in an effort to acquire the quality of commodity, service or printing needed at the best possible price, delivery, terms and conditions.  A solicitation document requesting or inviting an offer(s) shall be issued, including standard language, terms and conditions issued by the Division of Purchase and Contract, unless circumstances prohibit their use.

(c)  When emergency or pressing need action is necessary, and the expenditure is over the agency's benchmark or delegation, prior verbal approval shall be obtained from the Division if time permits.  Subsequently, whether or not such prior approval was possible, if the expenditure is over the agency's benchmark or delegation, an explanation of the emergency or pressing need purchase shall be reported in writing to the Division.  The Division shall report such purchases of commodities and printing to the Board as a matter of record.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-53; 143-57; 143-60;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. February 27, 1979;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; February 1, 1996;

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