Red Flag: Contract Specifications Are Too Narrow or Too Broad

Project officials can draft unduly narrow or broad technical specifications in order to facilitate the selection of a favored bidder, often as the result of corruption.

Unduly narrow specifications can be used to exclude otherwise qualified bidders.  Unduly broad specifications can allow unqualified bidders to compete.

Unduly narrow specifications also can set the stage for unnecessary amendments to inflate the contract price and fund bribe payments.

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.