Before receiving authorization to seek consultant services, an agency shall submit to the Division of Purchase and Contract written justification for its request for consultant services.  This written justification shall at a minimum explain what services the agency desires to secure, why the work to be performed by the consultant cannot be reasonably accomplished by employees of the requesting agency, how the work to be performed relates to the proper functions of the agency, what benefits the agency expects to receive from the consultant's services, what the agency estimates to be the cost of the services sought, and what potential sources of consultant services if any the agency has identified.  If the agency is requesting authority to contract for consulting services outside of State government, it shall also detail what potential sources of those services exist within State government and explain why the desired services were not available from those sources. The written justification shall be accompanied by a letter of endorsement for the proposed contract(s) from the agency head or his designee.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑64.21; 143‑64.22;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. February 27, 1979;

Amended Eff. February 1, 1996;

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