CPS committee will review non-competitive procurement requests 

Move would bring greater transparency to purchasing process

June 8, 2010 


Chicago Public Schools has established committee that will review non-competitive procurement requests, CPS officials announced today.


The Non-Competitive Procurement Review Committee (NPRC) will consist of five voting members from various Central Office departments including Procurement and Contracts, Law, Information Technology, the Chief Education Office and Chief Executive Office.


The committee will review supporting documentation submitted to determine the validity and adequacy of a non-competitive procurement request.


The committee will meet on a monthly basis. After it reviews a non-competitive procurement request, the committee will then submit a recommendation to Chicago Public Schools’ chief purchasing officer. Upon approval by the chief purchasing officer, the non-competitive procurement request must also be approved by the Chicago Board of Education before contract is negotiated and executed.


This new process “will provide greater transparency and oversight for those requests not competitively bid,” said Chief Purchasing Officer Opal Walls.


Examples of when non-competitive procurement may be permissible include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Instances where patent or copyright restrictions apply.
  • Contracts for the services of individuals possessing a high degree of professional skill where the ability or fitness of the individual plays an important role.
  • Contracts for supplies, materials, parts or equipment which are only available from a single source.
  • Contracts for information technology services and equipment.
  • Contracts for printing Finance Committee pamphlets, controller’s estimates and departmental reports.
  • Contracts for utility services such as water, light, heat, telephone or telegraph.
  • Contracts for the purchase of magazines, books, periodicals and similar articles of an educational nature, and the binding of such magazines, books, periodicals, pamphlets, reports and similar articles.


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Chicago Public Schools serves 417,855 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.


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