Two Years and Counting

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In 2018, MIT adopted the Uniform Guidance framework for its purchasing policy for all purchases made at the Institute. VPF implemented these Uniform Guidance procurement standards and introduced a new online Selection of Source form to document the steps taken when selecting a supplier for purchases exceeding $10,000. VPF’s buying teams—Procurement Operations and Strategic Sourcing and Contracts—are noting this second anniversary with a refresher for community members who make purchases for the Institute. See the Uniform Guidance FAQ on the VPF website for details.

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The Selection of Source form is designed to guide you through the specific requirements for a competition. As a reminder, all procurements must be conducted in a manner reflecting a full and open competition to the maximum practicable extent. A thorough price evaluation is required for all procurements above $250,000 and sole source procurements.
Sole source procurements may only be used in place of competitive procurement methods when:

  • an item or service is available only from a single source 
  • after solicitation from several sources, the competition is determined to be inadequate
  • in the case of public exigency or public emergency 
  • MIT receives express sole source authorization from a sponsor. 

A competition (and subsequent completion of a Selection of Source Form) are not required when making purchases from MIT Preferred or Internal Suppliers, no matter the amount of the purchase.

Note: Although Preferred Suppliers provide negotiated pricing for most items within their commodity, some goods and/or services may be excluded and a Selection of Source form would then be required. Review the individual suppliers’ page on VPF Supplier Search for a list of exclusions.
See the Selection of Source Tutorial for an overview of the purchasing process and instructions for completing the Selection of Source form. Questions? Email