Invitation for Bid Calact/mbta for Standard Floor and Low Floor Rural Duty Vehicles ifb no. 12-03 November 14, 2012

IB 11.4 Agency Treatment of Proprietary/Confidential Information

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IB 11.4 Agency Treatment of Proprietary/Confidential Information

Access to government records is governed by the laws of the State of California. Except as otherwise required to be disclosed by applicable State law, the Agency shall exempt from disclosure proprietary information identified in Package 4.

Upon a request for records from a third party regarding this Bid, the Agency shall notify the Bidder in writing. The Bidder must respond within ten (10) business days with the identification of any and all “proprietary, trade secret, or confidential commercial or financial” information. Failure to respond within the allowed period shall be deemed an approval to release. The Bidder shall indemnify the Agency’s defense costs associated with its refusal to produce such identified information; otherwise, the requested information may be released.

The Agency shall employ sound business practices no less diligent than those used for the Agency’s own confidential information to protect the confidence of all licensed technology, software, documentation, drawings, schematics, manuals, data and other information and material provided by Bidders and the Contractor pursuant to the Contract that contain confidential commercial or financial information, trade secrets or proprietary information as defined in or pursuant to the California Law against disclosure of such information and material to third parties, except as permitted by the Contract. The Contractor shall be responsible for ensuring that confidential commercial or financial information, trade secrets or proprietary information — with such determinations to be made by the Agency in its sole discretion — bears appropriate notices relating to its confidential character.

IB 11.5 Signing of Bid Forms

Bids shall include firm name (and, in the event that the Bidder is a joint venture, the names of the individual firms comprising the joint venture); business address; and the name, title and business address of the responsible individual(s) with their telephone, facsimile (fax) numbers and email address who may be contacted during the Bid evaluation period for receiving notices from the Agency. The Bidder shall submit with their Bid a copy of the joint venture agreement.

IB 11.6 Modification or Withdrawal of Bids

A modification of a Bid already received shall be accepted by the Agency only if the modification is received prior to the Bid Due Date or is specifically requested by the Agency. All modifications shall be made in writing and executed and submitted in the same form and manner as the original Bid.

A Bidder may withdraw a Bid already received prior to the Bid Due Date by submitting to the Agency, in the same manner as the original Bid, a written request for withdrawal executed by the Bidder’s authorized representative. After the Bid Due Date, a Bid may be withdrawn only if the Agency fails to award the Contract within the Bid validity period prescribed in “Duration of the Validity of Bids,” or any agreed-upon extension thereof. The withdrawal of a Bid does not prejudice the right of a Bidder to submit another Bid within the time set for receipt of Bid.

IB 11.7 Cost of Bid Development

This IFB does not commit the Agency to enter into a Contract, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a Bid, nor to procure or contract for the equipment.

Bid Evaluation and Selection

Bids shall be evaluated and any award made in accordance with the criteria and procedures described below.

IB 12.1 Public Opening of Bids

The Bid Price Forms shall be publicly opened and read aloud.

IB 12.2 Duration of the Validity of Bids

Bids shall be valid for the period stated in “Section 1: Notice of Request for Bids.” The Agency may request Bidders to extend the period of time specified herein by written agreement between the Agency and the Bidder(s) concerned.

IB 12.3 Evaluation Committee

An Evaluation Committee, which shall include officers, employees and agents of the Agency, shall be established. The Evaluation Committee shall carry out the detailed evaluations and make the selection of the Bidder, if any, that may be awarded the Contract.

The Evaluation Committee may report its recommendations and findings to the appropriate Agency individual or body responsible for awarding the Contract.

IB 12.4 Bid Selection Process

Award is made to the responsive and responsible bidder whose bid, conforming to all the material terms and conditions of the IFB, is the lowest in price.
Award will be made per line item identified on the Price and Options worksheet Attachment. Aggregate of base price plus price of quantified optional features will be added to determine lowest price bidder.
In determining the identification of the lowest responsive bidder, the Agency shall review the Bid Form for and all certifications for completeness and accuracy including compliance with Buy America Pre-Award compliance requirements.
At the bid opening, the apparent low bidder will be identified. That bidder shall be required to submit Buy America Pre-Award compliance data following the bid opening. This information is to include a copy of the electronic Bill of Materials showing all of the components of the “base vehicle” as well as all of the optional features listed on the pricing form. The Bill of Materials is to show the component manufacturer name, the cost of each component and whether the item is foreign or meets Buy America requirements for being classified as “domestic”.) Following the initial review, the Agency may require Buy America certifications from component suppliers to be provided. In addition, the same information is to be provided for all of the optional features. If the Bidder considers this information to be Proprietary/Confidential, the data is to be included in Package 4.) Note: Once the Agency has completed the FTA required Buy America Pre-Award audit, the cost data will be returned to the Bidder. No copies will be kept and the Buy America Pre-Award audit report provided to agencies obtaining assignments will only show the compliance percentages.

The following describes the process by which Bids shall be reviewed and a selection made for a potential award.

“Qualification Requirements” specifies the requirements for determining a responsible Bidder, all of which must be met by a Bidder to be found qualified. Final determination of a Bidder’s qualification shall be made based upon all information received during the evaluation process and as a condition for award.

Qualification Requirements

The following are the requirements for qualifying responsible Bidders. All of these requirements should be met; therefore, they are not listed by any particular order of importance. Any Bid that the Evaluation Committee finds not to meet these requirements may be determined by the Evaluation Committee not to be responsible and the Bid rejected. The requirements are as follows:

  1. Sufficient financial strength, resources and capability to finance the Work to be performed and to complete the Contract in a satisfactory manner, as measured by the following:

  • Bidder’s financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of the jurisdiction in which the bidder is located, and audited by an independent certified public accountant; or a statement from the Bidder regarding how financial information may be reviewed by the Agency.

  • Bidder’s ability to obtain required insurance with coverage values that meet minimum requirements evidenced by a letter from an underwriter confirming that the Bidder can be insured for the required amount.

CER 13.Evidence that the human and physical resources are sufficient to perform the Contract as specified and to ensure delivery of all equipment within the time specified in the Contract, to include the following:

  • Engineering, management and service organizations with sufficient personnel and requisite disciplines, licenses, skills, experience and equipment to complete the Contract as required and to satisfy any engineering or service problems that may arise during the warranty period.

  • Adequate manufacturing facilities sufficient to produce and factory-test equipment on schedule.

  • A spare parts procurement and distribution system sufficient to support equipment maintenance without delays and a service organization with skills, experience and equipment sufficient to perform all warranty and on-site Work.

CER 14.Evidence that the Bidder is qualified in accordance with the provisions of “Section 8: Quality Assurance.”

CER 15.Evidence of satisfactory performance and integrity on contracts in making deliveries on time, meeting specifications and warranty provisions, parts availability and steps Bidder took to resolve any judgments, liens, Fleet Defects history or warranty claims. Evidence shall be by client references.

The Agency reserves the right to waive minor informalities or to request that a Bidder provide any minor missing information. Submittal of a Bid shall signify that the Bidder has accepted the whole of the Contract documents.

Discrepancies in Bid Items

The Bidder shall furnish a price for each individual bid item, unless otherwise stated in the Pricing Worksheet. Failure to do so may render the bid(s) incomplete and non-responsive and may cause its rejection. The bid shall state the unit prices, the total amount of each bid item, and the "Total Bid Price" for which the bidder proposes to supply the labor, goods, and completely perform the Contract. If the unit price and the extended amount expressed by the Bidder for any item are not in agreement, the unit price alone will be considered as representing the Bidder's intention. MBTA will correct the extended unit price and the Total Bid Price.

Should any unit price be left blank the bid will be considered non-responsive unless the blank item can be calculated from the information available (i.e., unit price can be determined by dividing the total price by the estimated quantity) or is not required as identified in the Bid Form.

Should any total price be left blank the bid will be considered non-responsive unless the blank item can be calculated from the information available (i.e., total price can be determined by multiplying the unit price by the estimated quantity).

If any one line item is left blank, and the above situations do not apply, no attempt shall be made to reconcile the amounts. The bid in this case shall be considered non-responsive.

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