I got this comment from an Anon:
This is a bid, not an RFP. Lowest price wins, period. They can buy as many of these as they want for the bid price (including none). Just got message from Louisiana Technology Council that they are publicizing this bid in order to increase competition as per City's direction.
And here's the announcement which was just sent out today which I got from a friend who is on the LTC announcement mailing list:
Last November, Mayor Nagin and the Louisiana Technology Council announced a strategic partnership to help develop technology strategies and initiatives that would assist the City and the business community. One of these strategies was to help the City with its technology requirements and initiatives and to facilitate the participation of the local community in solving these requirements.
A steering committee was formed to work with the with the Mayor’s Office of Technology. As a result of our partnership, the LTC and the Mayor's Office of Technology are pleased to promote the pre-bid conference to publish the City's bid for Crime Cameras and today we are announcing this initiative.
Our purpose is to generate as much interest as possible for qualified local organizations to bid on this initiative. As a result, there will be pre-bid conference held at the Louisiana Technology Council's office location as noted below:
Date: Monday February 26, 2007
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 1215 Prytania St., 2nd Floor Assembly Room
New Orleans, LA 70130
Registration is not required.
Interested bidders are encourage to attend; all are welcome to attend. Attendees are not required to be member of the LTC to attend the pre-bid conference.
The link to the actual bid as as follows: http://www.purchasing.cityofno.com/bso/external/publicBids.sdo
The bid number is 2231-00211.
So if the Anon above is right...I don't understand this. Is the ceiling set at 120k and the bidders are supposed to bid down from that price?
What I really want to know is how many bids have ever been publicized by the Mayor's Office of Tech. Is this the first one?
The timing of the announcement is convenient, no?