Thursday, April 2, 2009

Best Value Pilot Program in California

The State of California has adopted a pilot program authorizing a Best Value procurement process for the selection of contractors on public works projects at the University of California at San Francisco.

Under Best Value procurement, price is not the only factor used in the selection of a contractor. Other evaluation factors include demonstrated management competency, relevant experience, financial condition, labor compliance, and safety record.

I attended a meeting last week at which David Bergquist, from the University of California's Office of General Counsel spoke about this alternative procurement process. His speech was entitled "Public Sector Capital Projects: Is there a better way than Low Bid?" Mr. Bergquist was instrumental in working to get this pilot program adopted by the California Legislature.

To view the California law on Best Value,
click here.

If you would like me to e-mail you a copy of David Bergquist's PowerPoint presentation on Best Value, please
contact me.

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