CA Pub Cont Code Section 20916.3


The Legislature finds and declares that the award of purchase contracts by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District under competitive bid procedures may not be feasible for products and materials which are undergoing rapid technological changes or for the introduction of new technologies into district operations. Under these circumstances, it is in the public interest to consider the broadest possible range of competing products and materials available, fitness of purpose, manufacturer’s warranty, performance reliability, delivery timetables, vendor financing, support logistics, and other similar factors in addition to price in the award of these contracts.


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board may direct the purchase of the specialized equipment specified in subdivision (g) by competitive negotiation upon a finding, by a two-thirds vote of the membership of the board, that the purchase of that equipment pursuant to laws otherwise applicable to the purchase is not feasible or in the public interest.


Competitive negotiation, for the purposes of this section, includes, but is not limited to, all of the following requirements:


A request for proposals shall be prepared and submitted to an adequate number of qualified sources, as determined by the board, to permit reasonable competition consistent with the nature and requirements of the procurement. In addition, notice of the request for proposals shall be published at least twice in a newspaper of general circulation, at least 10 days before the date for receipt of the proposals. The board shall make every effort to generate the maximum feasible number of proposals from qualified sources and shall make a finding to that effect before proceeding to negotiate if only a single response to the request for proposals is received.


A request for proposals shall identify all significant evaluation factors, including price, and their relative importance.


The board shall provide reasonable procedures for technical evaluation of the proposals received, identification of qualified sources, and selection for contract award.


Award shall be made to the qualified proposer whose proposal will be most advantageous to the district, with price and all other factors considered. If award is not made to the bidder whose proposal contains the lowest price, the board shall make a finding setting forth the basis for the award.


The board may reject any and all proposals and request new proposals, at its discretion.


Upon making an award to a qualified proposer, the board, upon request, shall make available to all other proposers and to the public, an analysis of the award which provides the basis for the selection of that particular qualified proposal.


A person who submits, or who plans to submit, a proposal may protest any acquisition conducted in accordance with this section as follows:


Protests based on the content of the request for proposals shall be filed with the board within 10 calendar days after the request for proposals is first advertised in accordance with subdivision (b). The board shall issue a written decision on the protest prior to the opening of proposals. A protest may be renewed by refiling the protest with the board within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the recommended award.


Any bidder may protest the recommended award on any ground not based upon the content of the request for proposals by filing a protest with the board within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the recommended award.


Any protest shall contain a full and complete written statement specifying in detail the grounds of the protest and the facts supporting the protest. Protestors shall have an opportunity to appear and be heard before the board prior to the opening of proposals in the case of protests based on the content of the request for proposals, or prior to final award in the case of protests based on other grounds or the renewal of protests based on the content of the request for proposals.


This section applies only to the purchase by the district of computers, telecommunications equipment, automated toll and fare collection equipment, microwave equipment, and other related electronic equipment and apparatus. This section does not apply to contracts for construction or for the procurement of any product available in substantial quantities to the general public.


Provisions in any contract concerning women and minority business enterprises, which provisions are in accordance with the request for proposals, shall not be subject to negotiation with the successful bidder.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

§ 20916.3’s source at ca​.gov