(1)General. Contracting Agencies may utilize Electronic Advertisement of Public Improvement Contracts in accordance with ORS 279C.360 (Requirement for public improvement advertisements)(1), provided that advertisement of such Contracts with an estimated Contract Price in excess of $125,000 must also be published in a trade newspaper of general statewide circulation, and may post notices of intent to Award electronically as provided by ORS 279C.410 (Receipt of proposals)(7).
(2)Alternative Procedures. In the event that a Contracting Agency desires to direct or permit the submission and receipt of Offers for a Public Improvement Contract by electronic means, as allowed under ORS 279C.365 (Requirements for solicitation documents and bids and proposals)(1)(d), it shall first promulgate supporting procedures substantially in conformance with OAR 137-047-0330 (Electronic Procurement) (Electronic Procurement under ORS Chapter 279B (Public Procurements)), taking into account ORS Chapter 279C (Public Improvements and Related Contracts) requirements for Written bids, opening bids publicly, bid security, first-tier subcontractor disclosure and inclusion of prevailing wage rates.
(3)Interpretation. Nothing in this rule shall be construed as prohibiting Contracting Agencies from making procurement documents for Public Improvement Contracts available in electronic format as well as in hard copy when Bids are to be submitted only in hard copy. See ORS 279C.365 (Requirements for solicitation documents and bids and proposals)(2).
Rule 137-049-0310 — Electronic Procurement,