The amendment that the Board adopted provides that procurement officers may include an “economic-benefits” factor as one of several technical factors to be evaluated in determining which offeror’s proposal is the most advantageous to the State. This economic-benefits factor is intended to encourage offerors — both resident and non-resident — to be innovative in developing their proposals and to demonstrate how awarding the contract to them will provide economic benefits to the State of Maryland.
NOTE: The economic-benefits evaluation factor is NOT a resident business preference. This factor may NOT be used to provide competitive advantages to one business over another based upon the business’ location. Preferences based on residency are not authorized by law, regulation or policy.
Applicable Regulation: COMAR 21.05.03.03
Evaluation factors must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each procurement. Factors often relate to the offeror’s staff experience; business experience; approaches to problem resolution; capabilities; understanding of State requirements; financial stability; and project implementation plans.
The economic-benefits factor is only one of several factors that may be included for evaluation. Indeed, the regulation limits the impact of this factor to no more than ten percent of the total allocable technical points (when a point system is used for evaluation). When the economic-benefits factor is used, the RFP must guide offerors in preparing their proposals, and direct offerors to respond as to how award of the contract to them would benefit the State economy. These responses would be evaluated to determine the relative value of the contributions offered and would be scored or ranked accordingly.
II. Thinking through the RFP— Preliminary Considerations
A. When to use the economic-benefits factor.
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