The state Controlling Board has granted permission to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to use an alternative way of selecting some vendors.
The department and other state agencies are now exempt from competitive bidding in certain cases, but with new protections. The new protocol calls for obtaining at least three price quotes from among 500-plus pre-qualified suppliers. The contract still could be awarded if two or fewer bids are received or only one company can provide the product or service. The proposal follows scrutiny by state legislators and authorities after reports the department sometimes ignored internal policy and analysts' recommendations in awarding millions of dollars worth of no-bid IT contracts.