22.8 Evaluating bids

22.8.1 Determining a responsive bidder

A responsive bidder is defined in the VPPA as "a person who has submitted a bid that conforms in all material respects to the Invitation to Bid." (Refer to §2.2-4301 of the Code of Virginia.) A bidder is responsive if its bid responds to the bid specifications in all material aspects and contains no irregularities or deviations from the specifications in the IFB that would affect the amount of the bid or otherwise give the bidder an unfair competitive advantage. When evaluating a responsive bid, consideration is given to price, technical acceptability, conformity with specifications, purposes for which the technology goods and/or services were required and the quality of the goods or services offered.