Warren points out challenges with PA IT procurement procedures
In this article for Capital Watch, William W. Warren, Jr. discusses the challenges faced by IT vendors in dealing with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s procurement policies and procedures. The “seven-day rule,” he says, must be applied with greater circumspection, interpreted in a manner that does not foreclose legitimate inquiry, and waived when necessary. Bill also suggests that bid protests must be handled as a method of airing doubts about the propriety of the procurement and the decisions of the involved officials. In short, he says, we need to change the rules and practices that prevent IT vendors and contractors from getting answers to their questions.