4 Bidding Considerations For Public Contacts And Bidding Alternatives

Many people are familiar with the concept of a government contract but what exactly is a bidding alternative? That’s what we’ll be discussing today.

A bidding alternative helps to provide you with a bit more flexibility while working with a government contractor. However, with such a situation comes something known as government bidding. In this type of scenario, many different bidders compete for the opportunity to be awarded a government contract.

Rules to Consider for Bidding

Naturally, a bid alternate can come in handy in that type of situation. Whenever it becomes necessary to use a bid alternate, the statutes set forth by the government require them to use a particular set of guidelines by which they choose who they award the contract to. In other words, certain rules must be set forth to ensure the preservation of any present and future government contracts.

There are many different ways in which the winning bidder is considered. In some cases, it’s decided merely by the lowest bidder regardless of any uncontrolled variables.

In other cases, it’s decided by whomever bids the lowest in addition to alternates that have been specifically designated for this contract.

The third scenario involves choosing the lowest price as the bidding continues until it finally reaches the minimum amount needed for the contract.

And, finally, the last scenario is something I like to call an anonymous option where they choose the winner based on bid rather than the bidder.

To learn more about bidding alternates, consult with our Coachella Valley government law firm.



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