Monthly Archives: April 2012

OEO Changes Policy on City Contracts for Non-Stocking M/W/DSBE Suppliers

April 30th, 2012 (No Comments)

After long treating M/W/DSBE supply firms the same as M/W/DSBE subcontractors, and giving City contractors 100% credit for the use of M/W/DSBE supply firms, the City of Philadelphia Office of Economic Opportunity has now changed its tune.  Apparently, the OEO will no longer give full credit for use of an M/W/DSBE supply firm, unless the firm […]

City Issues FY2012 1st Quarter Report for M/W/DSBE Contracting

April 28th, 2012 (No Comments)

In January 2012, the City’s Office of Economic Opportunity issued its First Quarter Report for Fiscal Year 2012 for contracting activity by minority, woman, and disabled-owned business enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) on City and City-related contracts.  The report can be found here.

Failure to Submit Proper Consent of Surety Is Non-Waiveable Bid Defect

April 26th, 2012 (No Comments)

In a recent decision, Dragani v. Borough of Ambler, 37 A.3d 27 (2012), the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that a bid for a borough waste collection contract contained a non-waiveable defect where the bidder failed to include a proper consent of surety from a surety with an at least $20 million of underwriting […]

Public Bidding Hall of Fame: Gaeta v. Ridley School District

April 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

This is one in a series of posts which will highlight significant Pennsylvania court decisions in the area of public bidding and contracts.  The first decision highlighted concerns waiver of bid defects. In Gaeta v. Ridley School District, 567 Pa. 500, 788 A.2d 363 (2002), the low bidder submitted as bid security a B-rated bid bond, […]

Public Bidding 101: A Level Playing Field

April 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

This post is the first in what will be a continuing series of posts on the basic tenets of public bidding and contracting in Pennsylvania. A cornerstone of public bidding is the concept of a “level playing field” which binds all of the bidders to a common standard which governs all bids that are received.  […]

Welcome to PA Public Contracts!

April 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

Welcome to PA Public Contracts, a legal blog focused on the issues of public bidding and contracting at the state and  local level in Pennsylvania. This blog will offer news, analysis, opinions, and commentary on public bidding and contracting in Pennsylvania, analysis and commentary on significant court decisions, legislative changes to public procurement law, ideas […]