Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bid Thresholds for Pa. Borough Contracts Increased

August 28th, 2012 (No Comments)

In November 2011, Act No. 92 was signed into law, increasing the monetary thresholds for public contracts awarded by Pennsylvania boroughs. Sealed competitive bidding is now required with appropriate advertisement for all contracts in excess of $18,500 (an increase from $10,000).  Written or telephonic quotes from at least three bidders is now required for all contracts in excess […]

Public Contracting 101: Steel Products Procurement Act

August 21st, 2012 (No Comments)

This post is one in a series on the basic concepts and tenets of public contracting in Pennsylvania.  Today’s post concerns the Pa. Steel Products Procurement Act, a virtual relic of public contracting in Pennsylvania, one that has been around for more than 30 years, but is still of important relevance today. The Act was passed in […]

Bid Thresholds for Pa. Municipal Flood Control Contracts Increased

August 13th, 2012 (No Comments)

In November 2011, Act No. 88 was signed into law, increasing the monetary thresholds for the bidding of flood control contracts by Pennsylvania municipalities. Sealed competitive bidding is now required with appropriate advertisement  for all contracts in excess of $18,500 (an increase from $10,000).  Written or telephonic quotes from at least three bidders is now required for all contracts in excess […]

Commonwealth Court: Offer to Negotiate Renders Proposal Non-Responsive

August 7th, 2012 (No Comments)

Recently, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania had occasion to reiterate a long-standing rule of public bidding that offering counter-terms in a bid will render the bid non-responsive and will result in rejection of the bid. In 2011, the Pa. Department of General Services issued an RFP for a design build contract for a power plant […]