Charles Reyburn: Incentive for bidders?

05/11/2013 12:55 AM

05/11/2013 12:57 AM

I read with interest that the process for revising the county ambulance service will now take another 40 weeks, and the same firm that wrote the original process will now write the revision. According to the article, the consultant fee of up to $166,000, minus a $10,000 bid buy-in, is paid by the successful bidder. Is that an "incentive" or "disincentive" for potential bidders? This decision begs several questions: Why are we literally reinventing the wheel? Is the commitment to pay the consultant's fee a means of narrowing the field? Why did we hire the same consultant to rewrite the flawed process they originally developed? Such situations give one pause to ask if this is governance by manipulation, in lieu of application of common sense.

>CHARLES REYBURN

>Merced

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