- Pursuant to KRS45A.095, Emergency purchases, required for continuity of operations, or the protection of the health and welfare of personnel, may be made by the University. Emergencies exist when:
- A contract may be made by noncompetitive negotiation only for sole
source purchases, or when competition is not feasible, as determined by the purchasing officer in writing prior to award, under admiistrative regulations promulgated by the secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet or the governing boards of universities operating under KRS Chapter 164A, or when emergency conditions exist. Sole source is a situation in which there is only one (1) known capable supplier of a commodity or service, occasioned by the unique nature of the requirement, the supplier, or market conditions. Insofar as it is practical, no less than three (3) suppliers shall be solicited to submit written or oral quotations whenever it is determined that competitive sealed bidding is not feasible. Award shall be made to the supplier offering the best value. The names of the suppliers submitting quotations and the date and amount of each quotation shall be placed in the procurement file and maintained as a public record. Competitive bids may not be required:
- For contractual services where no competition exists, such as
telephone service, electrical energy, and other public utility services;
- Where rates are fixed by law or ordinance;
- For library books;
- For commercial items that are purchased for resale;
- For interests in real property;
- For visiting speakers, professors, expert witnesses, and performing artists;
- For personal service contracts executed pursuant to KRS 45A.690 to 45A.725; and
- For agricultural products in accordance with KRS 45A.645.
- The chief procurement officer, the head of a using agency, or a person authorized in writing as the designee of either officer may make or authorize others to make emergency procurements when an amergency condition exists.
- An emergency condition is a situation which creates a threat or impending threat to public health, welfare, or safety such as may arise by reason of fires, floods, tornadoes, other natural or man-caused disasters, epidemics, riots, enemy attack, sabotage, explosion, power failure, energy shortages, transportation emergencies, equipment failures, state or federal legislative mandates, or similar events. The existence of the emergency condition creates an immediate and serious need for services, construction, or items or tangible personal property that cannot be met through normal procurement methods and the lack of which would seriously threaten the functioning of government, the preservation or protection of property, or the health or safety of any person.
- The Finance and Administration Cabinet may negotiate directly for the
purchase or contractual services, supplies, materials, or equipment in bona fide emergencies regardless of estimated costs. The existence of the emergency shall be fully explained, in writing, by the head of the agency for which the purchase is to be made. The explanation shall be approved by the secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet and shall include the name of the vendor receiving the contract along with any other price quotations and a written determination for selection of the vendor receiving the contract. This information shall be filed with the record of all such purchases and made available to the public. Where practical, standard specifications shall be followed in making emergency purchases. In any event, every effort should be made to effect a competitively established price for purchases made by the state.
- The University may negotiate directly for the purchase of contractual services, supplies, material, or equipment in bona fide emergencies regardless of estimated costs. The existence of the emergency must be fully explained in writing, by the Director of Purchasing, or her/his designated agent, and the explanation must be approved by the University President. The letter and approval must be filed with the record of all such purchases. A good faith effort shall be made to effect a competitively established price for emergency purchases, with telephone quotes where possible.
- Determines an emergency situation exists and prepares a requisition for the purchase of equipment, supplies or services to alleviate the emergency.
- Submits the requisition to the Department of Purchasing accompanied by a memo signed by the head of the Department, detailing the exact nature of the emergency and consequences if immediate action is not taken.
- Approves the request and purchases the items necessary to continue operations. The Department of Purchasing will make every effort to obtain telephone quotations on emergency order.
- Writes memo for file, to be approved by the Vice President for Business Affairs and the President of the University explaining the existence of a legitimate emergency.
- Maintain a file containing purchase order and all supporting documentation relating to that transaction.