Red Flag: Award to Other Than Lowest Qualified Bidder

Project officials can manipulate bid evaluations in order to award a contract to other than the lowest qualified bidder.  This can be accomplished by, among many other methods, disqualifying the legitimate low bidder for contrived or trivial reasons, making deliberate errors in the bid scoring or removing required supporting documents from a winning bid.  Such misconduct is usually the result of corruption.

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 schemes are actually present.