Does PA Steel Act Prohibit Public Owner From Specifying Foreign-Made Cast Iron Boiler?

The PA Steel Products Procurement Act requires that all steel products (including cast iron products) supplied on a Pennsylvania public works project must be made from U.S.-made steel. Recently, a school district's contract specified a cast iron boiler manufactured in Europe as the Read more

Disappointed Bidder Lacks Standing To Challenge P3 Contract Award By Non-Commonwealth Entity

In a recent case of first impression, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a lower court ruling that a disappointed bidder lacked standing to challenge a contract awarded by a non-Commonwealth entity under the Public-Private Transportation Partnership Act (P3 Act). In Read more

City Of Allentown Permitted To Use RFP Process For Waste Services Contract

In a decision issued on July 20, 2017, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the City of Allentown's use of the Request for Proposals (RFP) process in a contract award. In 2015, Allentown issued an RFP for the award of a Read more

Are RFQs Immune From Protest Under The Procurement Code?

If you respond to a Request for Quotes (RFQ) issued by a Commonwealth department or agency, can you protest if the resulting purchase order is awarded to another bidder? According to the Commonwealth's Office of Administration, the answer is no. Read more

Pennsylvania Initiates Disparity Study For Small Diverse Business Program

In June 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania initiated a disparity study that will provide information to help the Department of General Services (DGS) implement the Pennsylvania's Small Diverse Business Program. The expected completion date for the disparity study is Read more

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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 and tips on public contracting issues, and observations on public bidding questions and disputes.  It is intended eventually to be a clearinghouse of sorts for the topic of public bidding and contracting in Pennsylvania.

I am a construction and public contract attorney at Jacoby Donner, P.C., a boutique construction law firm based in Philadelphia.  Prior to joining Jacoby Donner in June 2005, I was an attorney with the City of Philadelphia Law Department where I focused my practice on representing the City of Philadelphia in a variety of public contract and procurement matters, such as contractor suits, payment claims, MBEC issues, bid protests, and injunction actions in Common Pleas Court.

I hope that all of those who visit this blog will find it of value to their business and public contracting efforts.  Feel free to contact me for further information or assistance.

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