Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Federal Legislation Introduced to Limit "Bid Shopping"

A member of Congress from New York has introduced a bill designed to reduce bid shopping on federal construction projects over $1 million.   

Naming subcontractors with the bid:  H.R. 1942 would require bidders to list each subcontractor they plan to use for $100,000 or more.  Failure to list such subcontractors would result in the bid being declared non-responsive.  The bill would also establish monetary penalties against the prime contractor for replacing a subcontractor without permission of the government.   

Subcontractors support bill: Click here for a news release from the American Subcontractors Association, Inc. with more information.

Washington state:  Washington state law (RCW 39.30.060) has a provision requiring the listing of subcontractors for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC for any public works project estimated to cost $1 million or more.  It was enacted as an anti-bid shopping law.

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