Before executing any sole-source contracts, Covered California should adequately document the necessity for using a noncompetitive process in its written justifications and, in doing so, demonstrate valid reasons for not competitively bidding the services.
The Non-Competitive Bid form (HBEX 029) was implemented in April 2015, which requires written justification for using the non-competitive bid process. In order to consider using a non-competitive bid process, Covered California must clearly demonstrate and fully justify why a competitive process is not being pursued. The justification must then be reviewed independently by the Executive Director and/or his designee. Supporting documents will be submitted via the California State Auditor's secure email system.
As part of our assessment of Covered California's implementation of this recommendation, we reviewed supporting documentation and determined that Covered California is following its new process implemented in April 2015.
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