Red Flags Bid Manipulation

These are the “red flags” of bid manipulation:

  • Inadequate controls over the opening, recording and handling of bids
  • Indications of changes to bids after they are received
  • Certain bids are rejected because of allegedly missing components
  • Unusual changes to the scoring of bids
  • Highly subjective or unbalanced evaluation criteria that can be used to manipulate the bid scores
  • Missing or inadequate documentation to support the recommendation for contract award, e.g., the failure to rank bid prices
  • A qualified bidder is disqualified for questionable reasons
  • All bids are voided for “errors” in contract specifications and the job is re-bid
  • Complaints from bidders about changes to bids