Article 1. Definitions of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 1.

As used in this chapter:
  (a) "Department" means the Department of General Services.
  (b) "Director" means the Director of General Services.
  (c) "Centralized purchasing" means the purchase for state agencies of materials, supplies, and equipment by the Office of Procurement.
  (d) "Goods" means all types of tangible personal property, including materials, supplies, and equipment.
  (e) "Office" means the Office of Procurement in the Department of General Services.
  (f) "Price schedule" means an agreement between the Office of Procurement and a supplier under which the supplier agrees to accept orders from the office or a state agency for specified goods at set prices for a specified period of time but which does not obligate the office or state agencies to contract for the specified goods from the supplier.
  (g) "Regional contract" means a contract of the same type as a statewide contract but applicable only to specified contracting in a particular area or region of the state.
  (h) "Statewide contract" means a contract awarded by the Office of Procurement to one or more suppliers for the acquisition of specified goods for a period of time, at a price, and in an amount set forth in the contract.
  (i) "Multiple award" means a contract of indefinite quantity for one or more similar goods, information technology, or services to more than one supplier.
  (j) "Multiple award schedule" (MAS) is an agreement established between the General Services Administration of the United States and certain suppliers to do business under specific prices, terms, and conditions for specified goods, information technology, or services.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in exercising their delegation of contracting authority from the department, state agencies may contract for goods, information technology, or services with suppliers who have multiple award schedules with the General Services Administration of the United States if the supplier is willing to extend those terms, conditions, and prices. The department may also develop multiple award schedules or agreements for use by state agencies in the same manner.
  (b) The department shall determine the delegation contracting authority for agencies wishing to contract with suppliers who have multiple award schedules. The department shall seek input from both customer departments and agencies and private sector suppliers.
(a) Notwithstanding the bidding provisions of this chapter, reverse auctions may be utilized for the acquisition of goods and services. The reverse auction process shall include a specification of an opening date and time when real-time electronic bids may be accepted, and provide that the procedure shall remain open until the designated closing date and time.
  (b) All bids on reverse auctions shall be posted electronically on the Internet, updated on a real-time basis, and shall allow registered bidders to lower the price of their bid below the lowest bid posted on the Internet.
  (c) The Department of General Services shall require vendors to register before the reverse auction opening date and time, and as part of the registration, agree to any terms and conditions and other requirements of the solicitation. The Department of General Services may require vendors to be prequalified prior to placing bids in a reverse auction.
  (d) For purposes of this section, "reverse auction" means a competitive online solicitation process for fungible goods or services in which vendors compete against each other online in real time in an open and interactive environment.
  (e) The reverse auction process may not be used for bidding on any construction contract that is subject to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 10100).