20.1 Purchases from joint and/or cooperative procurements (non-GSA Schedule 70)

20.1.8 Evaluating and negotiating offers

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.