Chapter 3. Acquisition Of Electronic Data Processing of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 3.

The Legislature has found that electronic data-processing equipment, goods, and services are unique, and of such importance to state programs as to warrant a separate acquisition authority therefor. The Legislature finds that the Southern California Rapid Transit District has needs similar to the state with respect to acquisition of electronic data-processing goods and services.
For purposes of this chapter, "district" means the Southern California Rapid Transit District.
(a) Acquisition of electronic data-processing goods and services by the district shall be conducted through competitive means, except when the district determines one of the following:
  (1) The goods and services proposed for acquisition are the only goods and services which can meet the district's needs.
  (2) The goods and services are needed in case of an emergency where immediate acquisition is necessary for the efficient operation and preservation of the district's services.
  (b) The mode of acquisition to be used and the procedure to be followed shall be approved by the district which shall adopt appropriate criteria and procedures to ensure compliance with the intent of this chapter. However, the procedure shall provide for issuance by the district of a solicitation document to, and for the submission of proposals by, prospective contractors.
(a) Contract awards shall be based on the proposal which provides the most cost-effective solution to the district's requirements, as determined by the evaluation criteria contained in the solicitation document. The evaluation procedures may provide for the selection of a vendor on a basis other than cost alone.
  (b) Evaluation of proposals for the purpose of determining contract award shall provide for consideration of a proposer's best financing alternative unless the district determines that a particular financing alternative should not be considered.
  (c) A vendor may be excluded from proposal processes, if the vendor's performance with respect to a previously awarded contract has been determined unsatisfactory by the district, provided that the exclusion shall not exceed one year for any one determination of unsatisfactory performance and provided further that any excluded vendor may at any time during the exclusion be reinstated upon demonstration to the district's satisfaction that the problems which resulted in his or her exclusion have been corrected.
  (d) To the extent practical, the solicitation documents shall provide for a contract to be written to enable acquisition of additional items to avoid essentially redundant acquisition processes when it can be determined that it is economical to do so.
Protest procedures shall be provided to allow proposers an opportunity to formally protest any acquisition conducted in accordance with this chapter. Authority to protest may be limited to participating proposers. The procuring officer of the district, or the person designated by the procuring officer, is authorized to consider and decide on initial protests. A decision regarding an initial protest shall be final. If, prior to making an award, any proposer who submitted an offer files a protest with the district against awarding the contract or purchase order on the ground that his or her bid or proposal should have been selected in accordance with the selection criteria in the selection document, the contract or purchase order shall not be awarded until either the protest has been withdrawn or the district has made a final decision as to the action to be taken on the protest. A protestor, within 10 calendar days of filing a protest, shall file with the district a full and complete written statement specifying in detail the grounds of the protest and the facts in support thereof.
Electronic data-processing goods which are determined to be surplus to the district's needs shall be disposed of in a manner best serving the interests of the district, which may include auction, sale, or transfer to other governmental entities.
The district may establish policies and procedures for all of the following:
  (a) Price negotiation with respect to all acquisitions conducted under this chapter.
  (b) System or equipment component performance or availability standards, including an assessment of the added cost to the district to receive contractual guarantee of a level of performance.
  (c) Requirement of a bond or assessment of a cost penalty with respect to a contract or consideration of a contract offered by a vendor whose performance has been determined unsatisfactory by the district.
The district may adopt additional rules and regulations consistent with the provisions of this chapter.
Any contract for electronic data-processing goods and services, to be manufactured or performed by the contractor especially for the district and not suitable for sale to others in the ordinary course of the contractor's business, may provide for such terms and conditions as the district deems necessary to protect its interests including, but not limited to, progress payments as the work is performed, provided that at least 10 percent of the contract price is required to be withheld until final delivery and acceptance of the goods or services, and that the contractor is required to submit a performance bond of at least one-half the total payable under the contract.