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Exemption Requests for State Agencies

State Agencies are required to purchase through DIR (TGC 2157.068), however, certain purchases may be exempt depending on the purchase and the program area the purchase would be made under (Cooperative Contracts, Communications Technology Services (CTS), or Shared Technology Services (STS)).

What is an exemption request? 

An exemption request is a waiver for a state agency to purchase IT hardware/software and other technology services through an alternative channel other than DIR. 

Filing an exemption request must be approved by DIR before the exemption is granted. Reminder - Start with DIR to file your exemption before starting your procurement process.

As a rule of thumb, these conditions do not qualify for exemptions:

  • Existing Procurement that has already been executed (i.e. Exemption should not be filed after purchase)
  • Hardware/software/technology Service that is currently offered through a DIR contract 
  • Product is valued at lower than $5,000 or exceeds $5 million 

Reasons for Filing Exemption Request

Generally, reasons for filing an exemption request are because the product or service: 

  • Cannot be found on a DIR contract, or
  • Does not meet the needs of the agency, or
  • Is not compatible with the existing technology infrastructure of the agency.

Learn more about the types of exemption requests for State Agencies below.

One-Time Exemptions or Certification for Purchase Through Local Cooperative

State Agencies can submit requests for exemptions to DIR for review. Requests must be approved by DIR to be granted the exemption.

Customer Eligibility

Review the Customer Eligibility page to understand your agency's Customer definition and eligibility to purchase through DIR

Learn more about types of Exemption Requests

State Agencies must adhere to processes depending on the Exemption Type.

Blanket Exemptions
First, review the current list of Blanket Exemptions (Ongoing or Expiring) that do not need a formal exemption request for approval from DIR.
Blanket Exemptions
One-Time Exemption Requests
Exemptions not covered by Blanket Exemptions must be submitted to DIR for review through a One-Time Exemption.
One-Time Exemption Requests
Certification for Purchase Through Local Cooperatives
Less commonly used, but a State Agency may request for certification to use a Local Cooperative contract to be exempt from purchasing through DIR.
Certification for Purchase Through Local Cooperatives

Questions about the Exemption Process?

Reach out to the Exemption Request team and we'll help your agency through the process.

DIR Exemption Request Contact

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