W. Va. Code R. § 135-30-9 - Protests and Reconsideration

Current through Register Vol. XXXIX, No. 11, March 18, 2022

9.1. Protests and requests for reconsideration of a decision made by a chief procurement officer or the director of procurement may only be made by a person and/or vendor who is a potential or actual bidder on that particular contract and/or purchase.
9.2. Protests.
9.2.a. Protests based on specifications or improprieties in any type of solicitation which are apparent or should have been apparent prior to the bid or proposal opening or closing date must be filed not later than five calendar days prior to the bid or proposal opening or closing date. A protest of the award must be filed no later than five calendar days following the notice of the institution's intent to award the contract as posted or otherwise made available in the institution's purchasing office for competitive transactions greater than $50,000. Protests filed prior to five calendar days following the notice of intent to award shall be resolved in accordance with this rule before an award is made. Information regarding awards may be obtained from the institution's purchasing office, and a vendor contemplating a protest has a duty to obtain this information in a timely manner.
9.2.b. The protest must be filed in writing with the chief procurement officer or director of procurement and contain the name and address of the protestor, the requisition number of the bid or the purchase order number, a statement of the grounds for protest and supporting documentation, the relief sought, and if a hearing on the merits of the protest is requested.
9.2.c. The chief procurement officer or director of procurement shall review the protest and issue a decision in writing. In the event a hearing on the merits of the protest is requested by the protestor, the chief procurement officer or director of procurement shall set a time and place for the hearing. The hearing shall be recorded and an official record shall be prepared. Following the hearing, the chief procurement officer or the director of procurement shall issue a written decision.
9.3. Reconsideration.
9.3.a. Reconsideration of a decision on a protest by the chief procurement officer or director of procurement may be requested by an aggrieved party to the institution's chief financial officer. A request for reconsideration shall be made in writing within five calendar days after receiving the chief procurement officer or director of procurement's written decision, and it shall contain the name and address of the aggrieved party, the requisition or purchase order number, a statement of the grounds for reconsideration with supporting documentation, the relief sought, and if a hearing on the merits is requested.
9.3.b. The chief financial officer shall review the request for reconsideration and issue a decision in writing. In the event a hearing on the merits is requested by the aggrieved party, the chief financial officer shall set a time and place for the hearing. The hearing shall be recorded and an official record shall be prepared. Following the hearing, the chief financial officer shall issue a decision in writing to the aggrieved party and his or her decision shall be final.
9.3.c. The chief procurement officer or director of procurement and chief financial officer may refuse to decide any protest or reconsideration where the matter involved is the subject of litigation before a court of competent jurisdiction, or has been decided on the merits by such court. The foregoing shall not apply where the court requests, expects or otherwise expresses interest in the decision of the chief procurement officer or director of procurement and chief financial officer.

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W. Va. Code R. § 135-30-9

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