All procurement is achieved by competitive sealed bids except when competitive sealed proposals are authorized for small purchases, sole sources, emergency procurement or for purchases under existing contracts.
Invitation for Bid
An Invitation for Bid (IFB) is a solicited competitive sealed bid for the purpose of procuring services, construction or items of tangible personal property.
Request for Proposal
A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a solicited competitive sealed proposal for the purpose of procuring professional services or when the Purchasing office makes a determination that the use of competitive sealed bidding is either not practicable or advantageous to the City.