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Technical Specifications in the Public Procurement of Computers

Assists government personnel in drafting tech specs for computer system public contracts.

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Technical Specifications in the Public Procurement of Computers

Achieve “Best Value for Public Money”

The goal of this white paper is to assist government procurement authorities responsible for drafting technical specifications in requests for tenders for public contracts for the supply of computer systems (desktops, notebooks and servers).

Public procurement legislation worldwide generally aims to enable procurement authorities to achieve ‘Best Value for Money’ in their purchasing activities by removing unjustified obstacles to the opening up of public procurement to competition. The way in which technical specifications are defined in the tender documents is critical to this purpose.

Whilst public procurement laws and regulations vary from country to country around the world, the main principles governing the drafting of technical specifications in requests for proposals (RFPs) or requests for tenders (RFTs) are substantially similar across jurisdictions:
• transparency and openness of tenders to competition, which requires that technical specifications be drafted so as to afford equal access for tenderers;
• equal treatment of tenderers and non-discrimination, which means that technical specifications shoul not discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against tenderers.

Read the full Technical Specifications in the Public Procurement of Computers White Paper.