La. Admin. Code tit. 34, § I-5507 - Procedures for the Procurement of Information Technology Hardware Maintenance

A. This Section will describe the procedures that all agencies in the executive branch must follow when seeking to acquire information technology hardware maintenance.
B. For purposes of this Section, information technology hardware maintenance consists of remedial maintenance, preventative maintenance, replacement parts, labor and engineering changes necessary to keep information technology hardware in good working condition.
C. Procurements for information technology hardware maintenance under $100,000 may be handled non-competitively and are deemed to have the advance approval from the Office of State Purchasing and shall not be for a price greater than the vendor's published price. The Office of State Purchasing will assist any agency in the negotiation of contract agreements and any other procurement related functions.
D. It is the state's intent to compete information technology hardware maintenance with a total cost greater than $100,000 whenever possible.
1. Information technology hardware maintenance over $100,000 may be procured non-competitively from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) if the maintenance is for mission critical equipment (such as mainframes, mainframe peripherals, enterprise servers, or network backbone components). The agency must submit a letter of justification signed by the head of the agency or his designee to the Office of State Purchasing.
2. Any agency or entity that does not use the competitive process or an established standard or statewide agreement for procurement of information technology hardware maintenance with a total cost in excess of $100,000 must fully justify its request to the Office of Information Technology and obtain concurrence prior to submission to the Office of State Purchasing for further processing.
3. Information technology hardware maintenance not covered in Paragraph D.1 must be competitively procured through the Consulting and Support Services Agreement (CSSA), Invitation to Bid (ITB), or request for proposal (RFP) process.
4. Information technology hardware maintenance of $100,000 or greater must have been included in an approved IT-10 from the Office of Information Technology.
5. Procurements shall not be artificially divided to circumvent the $100,000 threshold.

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La. Admin. Code tit. 34, § I-5507
Promulgated by the Office of the Governor, Division of Administration, LR 10:77 (February 1984), amended by the Office of the Governor, Division of Administration, Office of State Purchasing, LR 21:566 (June 1995), LR 29:2379 (November 2003).
AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 39:199.C and D.

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