The choice of procurement method is a critical decision in purchasing products and services. In some cases the procuring agency may be able to locate an item through surplus, the Oregon Forward program, inmate labor, or an existing price agreement to meet its procurement need. In other situations the procuring agency may need to determine which procurement method best fits its need.
The Buy Decision priority table below provides a sequence of priority that an agency must follow in determining an appropriate source for a procurement need.
Buy Decision Priority
Note: The Buy Decision priority outlines the order described in OAR 125-247-0200(2)(a)-(d). If a higher priority source satisfies a procurement need, and law requires the use of that source, the agency must procure through that higher priority source and may not elect to procure through a lower priority source.
The priority does not apply to ORS 190 Agreements that promote the use of existing state resources, including an Interagency Agreement, Intergovernmental Agreement, Interstate Agreement, International Agreement, or Tribal Agreement (refer to OAR 125-246-0365). An agency may elect to use an
ORS 190 Agreement
at any time.
Open Market Methods