The district should ensure that it hires qualified vendors at a reasonable price by using a competitive process when contracting for professional services. When this is not possible or appropriate given the nature of the services, the district should adequately justify its use of a noncompetitive process (sole-source procurement). In addition, the district should obtain a written description of services to be provided (scope of services) and a cost estimate from legal counsel before engaging in litigation.
Implemented through the District's Procurement Policy, adopted September 2014 and via subsequent updates.
The District's recently approved procurement policy will be updated to include clear guidelines for professional services contracting and factors considered in justifying sole source professional services.
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