|(a) Low-risk solicitations. If a solicitation qualifies
as low-risk according to this section, an agency may designate it
as low-risk when submitting it for CAT review. CAT may review a solicitation
that has been designated as low-risk using an expedited process that
focuses on key terms, or request additional documentation to determine
which level of review to perform.
(b) Template solicitations. An agency may request CAT
review of a solicitation template, which must include all key terms
for a contemplated contract. For one year after a template has been
reviewed, the agency may designate a solicitation following that template
without substantial revision as low-risk.
(c) Risk analysis procedure. An agency that has developed
a risk analysis procedure as described in Government Code, §2261.256(a),
may designate a solicitation as low-risk if it submits its analysis
and conclusion that the contractor selection process, contract provisions,
and payment and reimbursement rates for the types of goods and services
to be solicited present a low risk of fraud, abuse, or waste.
(d) Reduced monitoring. An agency that is currently
reported by the State Auditor's Office as requiring reduced monitoring
during contract solicitation and development may designate a solicitation
as low-risk without submitting an analysis to CAT.
(e) Additional monitoring. An agency that is currently
reported by the State Auditor's Office as requiring additional monitoring
during contract solicitation and development may not designate any
solicitation as low-risk, even if the solicitation would otherwise
qualify under this section.