The word ‘formal’ as used here refers to a competitive solicitation process for goods that meets and involves the criteria set forth for competitive bidding in RCW 36.32.235(1) and 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 equal to, or greater than, the upper threshold as set forth in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 36.32.245(3), including all 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.