22.7 Bid responses

22.7.2 Responsiveness of bids

To be considered for award, a bid must comply in all material respects with the IFB. Such compliance enables bidders to stand on an equal footing and maintain the integrity of the sealed bidding system. Bids should be filled out, executed and submitted in accordance with the instructions in the IFB. Acknowledgment of receipt of any IFB addenda must be returned prior to the time set for receipt of bids, or accompany the bid. Failure to acknowledge receipt of any addendum may be cause for rejection of the bid.

Bidders are required to comply with all terms and conditions in the IFB, regardless of whether the bidder has knowledge of the terms and conditions or not, or has included any statement or omission in its bid that indicates a contrary intention. The agency cannot agree to any additional or inconsistent terms or conditions proposed by the bidder as the terms and conditions of the IFB are non-negotiable.