Red Flag: Winning Bid Very Close to Budget or Cost Estimates

A winning bid that is too close to confidential project cost estimates or budgets can indicate the leaking of bid information or an unbalanced bidding scheme.  Both schemes are usually the result of corruption, as project officials provide such information to a favored bidder to enable it to win.

This red flag can indicate the following schemes:

Click on the schemes listed above to see more information on each scheme, a more complete listing of their red flags and steps to determine if the scheme is actually present.