Health & Safety Code Section 12.055
Certain Procurements Made with Department Funds
(a)A state agency or local unit of government that expends funds received from the department for the acquisition of goods and services may satisfy the requirements of Section 12.052 (Requirements for Expenditure of Certain Funds) or of another state law requiring procurements by competitive bidding or competitive sealed proposals by procuring goods or services with those funds in accordance with Section 12.056 (Participation in Department Purchasing Contracts or Group Purchasing Program) or in accordance with:
(1)Section 2155.144 (Procurements by Health and Human Services Agencies), Government Code, if the entity is a state agency subject to that law;
(2)Section 32.043 (Procurement Rules for Public Disproportionate Share Hospitals) or 32.044 (Group Purchasing for Disproportionate Share Hospitals), Human Resources Code, if the entity is a public hospital subject to those laws; or
(3)this section, if the entity is not covered by Subdivision (1) or (2).
(b)A state agency or local unit of government under Subsection (a)(3) shall acquire goods or services by any procurement method approved by the commission that provides the best value to the state agency or local unit of government. The state agency or local unit of government shall document that the state agency or local unit of government considered all relevant factors under Subsection (c) in making the acquisition.
(c)Subject to Subsection (d), the state agency or local unit of government may consider all relevant factors in determining the best value, including:
(1)any installation costs;
(2)the delivery terms;
(3)the quality and reliability of the vendor’s goods or services;
(4)the extent to which the goods or services meet the state agency’s or local unit of government’s needs;
(5)indicators of probable vendor performance under the contract such as past vendor performance, the vendor’s financial resources and ability to perform, the vendor’s experience and responsibility, and the vendor’s ability to provide reliable maintenance agreements;
(6)the impact on the ability of the state agency or local unit of government to comply with laws and rules relating to historically underutilized businesses or relating to the procurement of goods and services from persons with disabilities;
(7)the total long-term cost to the state agency or local unit of government of acquiring the vendor’s goods or services;
(8)the cost of any employee training associated with the acquisition;
(9)the effect of an acquisition on the state agency’s or local unit of government’s productivity;
(10)the acquisition price; and
(11)any other factor relevant to determining the best value for the state agency or local unit of government in the context of a particular acquisition.
(d)If a state agency to which this section applies acquires goods or services with a value that exceeds $100,000, the state agency shall consult with and receive approval from the commission before considering factors other than price and meeting specifications.
(e)The state auditor or the department may audit the state agency’s or local unit of government’s acquisitions of goods and services under this section.
(f)The state agency or local unit of government may adopt rules and procedures for the acquisition of goods and services under this section.
Section 12.055 — Certain Procurements Made with Department Funds,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.12.htm#12.055 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).