|Formal IFB (more than $50,000)|
A Formal Invitation for Bid (IFB) solicitation is required for purchases of more than $50,000 for all goods or non-professional services, except for emergency, sole source, professional service contracts or other exemptions as allowed by Chapter 252 of the Local Government Code. In this process, the solicitation must be advertised in a local newspaper publication at least once per week for two consecutive weeks. The advertisement must state the time and place at which bids will be opened and publicly read aloud. This process is used when the requirements are clearly defined and price is the major determining factor for selection. The IFB uses the competitive sealed bid method, and the award is made to the lowest responsible bidder conforming to the specifications. Negotiations or changes to bid pricing are not permitted.