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Bill prohibiting bid shopping in federal construction projects introduced in house. (Legislation).

Representative Paul Kanjorski has introduced a bill, titled "Construction Quality Assurance Act of 2003," in the House of Representatives. According to Representative Kanjorsiti, the purpose of the bill is to ensure quality and best value with respect to federal construction projects by prohibiting bid shopping; The bill defines "bid shopping" as the practice of divulging, or requiring a contractor or subcontractor to divulge, a bid or proposal to another prospective contractor or subcontractor in order to secure a lower bid or proposal. If enacted, the bill would, among other things: (1) prohibit the. federal government, a contractor, or a subcontractor from engaging in the practice of bid shopping; (2) provide for the contracting officer to terminate a contract or impose liquidated damages upon determination that bid shopping has occurred; and (3) provide that a contractor or subcontractor who has been subject to the imposition of liquidated damages with respect to two contracts within a five-year period wi ll be deemed to lack integrity and business ethics within the meaning of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 9.4 (Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility) (H.R. 1348).

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Date:May 1, 2003
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