2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 18A:18A-4.4 - Request for proposals; documentation; provisions.

18A:18A-4.4 Request for proposals; documentation; provisions.

48. The competitive contracting process shall utilize a request for proposals documentation in accordance with the following provisions:

a. The purchasing agent or counsel or school business administrator shall prepare or have prepared a request for proposal documentation, which shall include: all requirements deemed appropriate and necessary to allow for full and free competition between vendors; information necessary for potential vendors to submit a proposal; and a methodology by which the board of education will evaluate and rank proposals received from vendors.

b. The methodology for the awarding of competitive contracts shall be based on an evaluation and ranking, which shall include technical, management, and cost related criteria, and may include a weighting of criteria, all developed in a way that is intended to meet the specific needs of the contracting unit, and where such criteria shall not unfairly or illegally discriminate against or exclude otherwise capable vendors. When an evaluation methodology uses a weighting of criteria, at the option of the board of education the weighting to be accorded to each criterion may be disclosed to vendors prior to receipt of the proposals. The methodology for awarding competitive contracts shall comply with such rules and regulations as the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs, after consultation with the Commissioner of Education may adopt pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).

c. At no time during the proposal solicitation process shall the purchasing agent or counsel or school business administrator convey information, including price, to any potential vendor which could confer an unfair advantage upon that vendor over any other potential vendor. If a purchasing agent or counsel or school business administrator desires to change proposal documentation, the purchasing agent or counsel or school business administrator shall notify only those potential vendors who received the proposal documentation of any and all changes in writing and all existing documentation shall be changed appropriately.

d. All proposals and contracts shall be subject to the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1977, c.33 (C.52:25-24.2) requiring submission of a statement of corporate ownership and the provisions of P.L.1975, c.127 (C.10:5-31 et seq.) concerning equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.


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