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Waiver

Submit a Waiver Service Request

  1. Start a Waiver and complete the online form

  2. List the person in your agency who will give final approval:

    Informal Waivers ($10,000 - $50,000) can be approved by anyone in your agency, in keeping with your internal policies. 

    Formal Waivers (over $50,000) must be approved by  your agency director.

  3. Click Submit Request to send the waiver request to your designated Agency Approver.

  4. Your Agency Approver will submit the waiver request to the Procurement & Payables Section for review.

Resources

Learn how to add multiple agency approvers.

Using Federal Funds

Read the federal guidelines carefully to ensure compliance (2 CFR 200.320)
and complete the below steps when submitting a waiver request:

  1. Select the "Federal Funds" checkbox and describe the source of the funding (Agency and grant #)

  2. Select the Waiver Type and provide justification

  3. Use the "Additional Information/Comments" text box to indicate which of the federal criteria below qualifies the purchase for a waiver.

Copy/Paste the exact language:

• The item is available only from a single source.

• The public exigency or emergency for the requirement will not permit a delay resulting from competitive solicitation.

• The Federal awarding agency (or pass-through entity) expressly authorizes noncompetitive proposals in response to a written request from King County.

• After solicitation of a number of sources, competition is determined inadequate.


Types of Waivers

Waivers let you skip the competitive procurement process in accordance with KCC 2.93 and RCW 39.04.280. They may only be used in these circumstances:

  • Sole Source 
    Sole source waivers may be issued when there is only one contractor or supplier capable of providing a product or service.

  • Special Facilities 
    Special facilities waivers may be issued when  a particular contractor or supplier has a unique approach to satisfying the County's need.

  • Special Market Condition 
    A special market condition waiver may be issued when unusual conditions make a waiver advantageous to the County. This type of waiver may not be used for Public Works projects and is applicable only to Goods and Services.

  • Emergency 
    Emergency waivers may be issued to preserve public health, restore public property, or provide community relief during a declared state of emergency such as: fire, flood, explosion, storm, earthquake, epidemic, riot, or insurrection.

Waivers utilizing federal funds must meet one or more of the following criteria, according to 2 CFR 200.320 (f):

  1. The item is available only from a single source.
  2. The public exigency or emergency for the requirement will not permit a delay resulting from competitive solicitation.
  3. The Federal awarding agency (or pass-through entity) expressly authorizes noncompetitive proposals in response to a written request from King County.
  4. After solicitation of a number of sources, competition is determined inadequate.

NOTE: All Waivers over $50,000 must be approved by your agency director.

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