|(a) Purpose. The purpose of this section is to provide
a procedure for vendors to protest purchases made by the department.
Purchases made by the Texas Procurement and Support Services division
of the Comptroller of Public Accounts office on behalf of the department
are addressed in 34 TAC Chapter 20.
(b) Definitions. The following words and terms, when
used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) Act--Government Code, Chapters 2151-2177, the State
Purchasing and General Services Act.
(2) Board--Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
(3) Department--Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
(4) Division--An organizational unit in the department.
(5) Executive director--The executive director of the
(6) Interested party--A vendor that has submitted a
bid, proposal, or other expression of interest for the purchase involved.
(7) Purchase--A procurement action for commodities
or non-professional services under the Act.
(c) Filing of protest.
(1) An actual, prospective bidder, or offeror who is
aggrieved in connection with the solicitation, evaluation, or award
of a purchase, may file a written protest. The protest must be addressed
to the attention of the executive director. The protest must be received
in the office of the executive director within 10 working days after
such aggrieved person knows, or should have known, of the action.
(2) The protest must be sworn and contain:
(A) the provision of or rule adopted under the Act
that the action is alleged to have violated;
(B) a specific description of the alleged violation;
(C) a precise statement of the relevant facts;
(D) the issue to be resolved;
(E) argument and authorities in support of the protest;
(F) a statement that copies of the protest have been
mailed or delivered to other identifiable interested parties.
(d) Suspension of award or performance. If a protest
or appeal of a protest has been filed, then the department will not
proceed with the solicitation or the award of the purchase unless
the executive director's designee, not below the level of division
director, makes a written determination that the award of the purchase
should be made without delay to protect substantial interests of the
department. If the purchase has already been awarded, then the department
will not allow the vendor to continue performance under the contract
unless the executive director makes a written determination that continued
vendor performance is necessary to protect substantial interests of
(e) Informal resolution. The executive director's designee
may informally resolve the dispute, including:
(1) soliciting written responses to the protest from
other interested parties; and
(2) resolving the dispute by mutual agreement.
(f) Written determination. If the protest is not resolved
by agreement, the executive director's designee will issue a written
determination to the protesting party and interested parties which
sets forth the reason of the determination. The designee may determine
(1) no violation has occurred; or
(2) a violation has occurred and it is necessary to
take remedial action as appropriate to the circumstances, which may
(A) declaring the purchase void;
(B) reversing the award; or
(C) re-advertising the purchase using revised specifications.
(1) An interested party may appeal the determination
to the executive director. The written appeal must be received in
the executive director's office no later than 10 working days after
the date of the determination. The appeal is limited to a review of
(2) The appealing party must mail or deliver copies
of the appeal to the executive director's designee and other interested
parties with an affidavit that such copies have been provided.
(3) The general counsel of the department shall review
the protest, the determination, the appeal, and prepare a written
opinion with recommendation to the executive director.
(4) The executive director may:
(A) issue a final written determination; or
(B) refer the matter to the board for its consideration
at a regularly scheduled open meeting.
(5) The board may consider oral presentations and written
documents presented by the department and interested parties. The
board chairman shall set the order and the amount of time allowed
for presentation. The board's determination of the appeal shall be
adopted by order and reflected in the minutes of the meeting.
(6) The decision of the board or executive director
shall be final.
(h) Filing deadline. Unless the board determines that
the appealing party has demonstrated good cause for delay or that
a protest or appeal raises issues significant to procurement practices
or procedures, a protest or appeal that is not filed timely will not
(i) Document retention. The department shall maintain
all documentation on the purchasing process that is the subject of
a protest or appeal in accordance with the retention schedule of the