Proposal evaluations and negotiations should be fair and objective using the following guidelines:
- Invite participating joint and/or cooperative members to participate in technical evaluations.
- Negotiate terms and conditions that conform to legal requirements of each participating jurisdiction.
- Carefully evaluate the proposed supplier's ability to service all public bodies involved in the joint and/or cooperative procurement in a quality manner.
- Contracts are based on free and open competition, not sole source; however, sometimes a single award is the best option.