23.2 Two-step competitive sealed bidding process options

23.2.1 Combined two-step competitive sealed bidding

Using this method, the two-step competitive sealed bidding process is combined to require simultaneous submission of the technical and price bids, but in separately sealed envelopes. The envelopes must be labeled "Technical Proposal" and "Bid Price" and each must include the bidder's name, address and the bid reference number. The envelopes containing the technical proposals are opened and evaluated first. The technical proposals which meet the bid criteria and are deemed acceptable after evaluation are selected. The envelopes containing the bid prices for those acceptable proposals are then opened and an award is made to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. The envelopes containing the bid prices for those technical proposals determined to be unacceptable will be returned to the suppliers unopened.