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Handbook of Business Procedures

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February 23, 2012
June 19, 2014
Purchasing

 

Part 7. Purchasing - Table of Contents


7.11.3. VENDOR PROTESTS, DISPUTES, AND RESOLUTIONS

Protests and disputes concerning contract procedures at The University of Texas at Austin are governed by the Texas Administrative Code, Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 20, Subchapter G, Rule §20.384, Protests.

A. General Solicitation Issues

In the case of a protest or dispute of an action taken by the Purchasing Office, such as a disqualification of a bid or proposal, any vendor may write a letter outlining any concerns. The letter must be received by the assistant vice president and director of procurement and payment services within 10 business days of the event. Address the letter to:

Assistant Vice President and Director of Procurement and Payment Services
The University of Texas at Austin
110 Inner Campus Drive
Main Building, Room 132
Austin, TX 78712-1140

B. Protest of a Contract Award

1. How to Protest a Contract Award

In the case of a protest of a contract award, any vendor may write a letter of protest. The letter must be received by the assistant vice president and director of procurement and payment services within 10 business days of the event and must include:

  • a specific identification of the statutory or regulatory provision(s) contained in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 20, Subchapter G, Rule §20.384, Protests Rule §20.384, Protests that the action complained of is alleged to have violated.
  • a specific description of each act alleged to have violated the statutory or regulatory provision(s).
  • a precise statement of the facts relevant to the dispute or protest.
  • an identification of the issue or issues to be resolved.
  • arguments and authorities in support of the protest.

The assistant vice president and director of procurement and payment services:

  • has the authority to settle and resolve the dispute concerning the solicitation or award of a contract.
  • will review the letter and respond within 10 business days.

Provided the protest or dispute letter is received within 10 business days of the occurrence, the university will not proceed with the solicitation or the award of the contract unless the university makes a written determination that the award of the contract without delay is necessary to protect the best interests of the university.

2. How to Appeal the Protest Determination of a Contract Award

If a vendor wants to appeal a protest determination made by the assistant vice president and director of procurement and payment services, the vendor may write a letter to the vice president and chief financial officer of the university. The letter must be received in the vice president and chief financial officer’s office no later than 10 business days after the date of the protest determination. Address the letter to:

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 8179
Austin, TX 78713

The appeal shall be limited to review of the determination made by the assistant vice president and director of procurement and payment services. A protest or appeal that is not filed within 10 business days will not be considered unless good cause for delay is shown to the vice president and chief financial officer or he or she determines that a protest or appeal raises issues significant to the university’s procurement practices or procedures.

The vice president and chief financial officer will issue a written decision for protest determination appeals within 10 business days and that decision will be final.

 

 

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