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Old 10-26-2007, 10:40 AM
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Default Public Attendance in Adjudication Committee Meetings

In a few of the workshops I have done of late, the issue of public involvement in the Adjudication processes comes up. One or two municipalities even publish the dates and times in local papers and invite the public to attend.
Whilst initially thinking that this was not a bad idea (in the spirit of transparency) I've now changed my mind.
The principle that gets compromised is "competition". In many Adjudication meetings the real difference between different bids is often discussed. Sometimes these differences relate to the competitive advantage of one supplier over another. If this is discussed at a meeting prior to the awarding of the bid, and the bid is then not awarded and a new bidding process is started, then the principles of fairness and competition are compromised.
So how then do we not compromise on the principle of transparency?
My answer is that committees must keep the discussions confidential until after the bid is awarded and only then should information be disclosed in accordance with the different "access to information" pieces of legislation.
What do you think?
ShaunCScott
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