Alternate Procurements

Alternate Procurement Procedures

Occasionally, a fully competitive procurement process may be difficult or impossible.  State agencies must prepare an Alternate Procurement when they plant to obtain less competition than required by estimated purchase price.

Effective July 1, 2016:

Alternate Procurement Approval Requirements

  • Over $2,500. State agencies must submit the Alternate Procurement to State Procurement using the Purchasing Work Request System.
  • IT Purchases over $25,000. State Procurement will route the Alternate Procurement to ITD for approval.
  • SFN51403 Alternate Procurement Request Provide a description of the intended limited or noncompetitive purchase. Provide factual evidence to justify the request.
  • Notice of Limited Competitive/Noncompetitive Purchase Use this template to prepare a notice to issue to the State Bidders List and post on the State Procurement Online System. If the state agency does not provide sufficient factual evidence to justify an Alternate Procurement, the approving authority may require the requestor to issue a notice.

Laws and Rules

State law gives authority for limited competitive, noncompetitive and negotiated purchases (NDCC 54-44.4-05.2).

OMB administrative rules include circumstances under which competition may be waived or limited without a written determination (NDAC 4-12-09).