Formal Process - Services (Other Than A/E Services)
The word ‘formal’ as used here refers to a competitive solicitation process for personal services* that meets and involves the criteria set forth for competitive bidding in RCW 36.32.245(1), including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
The total dollar value of the procurement, in U.S. currency, is $25,000, or more, including all support, maintenance, and destination landing charges such as packing/crating, shipping/handling, transportation/freight and all applicable Washington State sales, or use, taxes; and
Is advertisement for at least 13 days prior to the competitive solicitation due date (Bid Opening); and
Requires that all responses/submittals are sealed and properly identified and addressed in an opaque package or envelope; and
The competitive solicitation is subject to being publicly opened and read aloud on the appointed day and time (Public Bid Opening); and
The competitive solicitation is subject to the provisions, terms, and conditions, contained or referenced in the particular competitive solicitation document for the procurement.
The criteria listed here is subject to change in the event that the Washington State Legislature amends RCW 36.32.235 or any other relevant and pertinent laws.
* FOOTNOTE: The RCW is silent with regard to the competitive procurement of personal services; however, Spokane County Code 1.04.080 states that for appointed department heads must work through the Purchasing Department in contracting for services and authority to enter into service contracts is contingent upon the prior completion of the steps outlined in the County Code; and that elected officials are mandated only to furnish the Purchasing Department a file copy of the contract to after it has executed. Finally, the County Code leaves it to the discretion of the County as to whether (or not) a competitive solicitation process is to be used in the procurement of personal services.