I spoke at a workshop last week (August 21, 2012) in Seattle at the Annual Forum of NIGP (National Institute of Governmental Purchasing).
My topic was "When Bad Things Happen to Bids: Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Public Works Project."
Here's an outline of what I spoke on:
Why Aren't Bidders More Careful?
- Why do Bidders Make Mistakes?
- Missing Bid Prices
- Conflict Between Numbers and Words
- Bid Calculation Errors
- Claims of Error
Is Your Bidder Playing Games?
- Bid is Too Low
- Unbalanced Bids
- Conditioned or Qualified Bids
Will the Real Low Bidder Please Stand Up?
- Additive and Alternate Bids
- Tie Bids
- Responsive Bids
- Responsible Bidders
- Local Bid Preferences
- Bid Protests and Appeals
What Can You Do to Manage Bidding?
- What Should be on the Bid Form?
- When is a Bid Late?
- When Should You Take a Bid Guaranty?
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