Interview Questions: Split Purchases

Questions that might reveal split purchases include:

  • Do you know or suspect, or have you heard, that purchases are being split to avoid competitive bidding?
  • Are there instances of multiple awards to the same contractor just under the competitive bidding thresholds?
  • Are there instances of two or more simultaneous purchases from a contractor in amounts which, if added together, would require competitive bidding?
  • Is there a pattern of change orders for certain contractors increasing the contract price after split purchases?
  • Are controls and procedures to prevent split purchases in place and enforced?