Section 14: Multiple Stage Bidding Process
(1) Utah State University may conduct a bid in multiple stages, to:
(A) narrow the number of bidders who will progress to a subsequent stage;
(B) prequalify bidders for subsequent stages,
(C) enter into a contract for a single procurement; or
(D) award multiple contracts for a series of upcoming procurements.
(2) The invitation for bid for a multiple stage bidding process shall:
(A) describe the requirements for, and purpose of, each stage of the process;
(B) indicate whether Utah State University intends to award:
(i) a single contract; or
(ii) multiple contracts for a series of upcoming procurements; and
(iii) state that:
(a) the first stage is for prequalification only;
(b) a bidder may not submit any pricing information in the first stage of the process; and
(c) bids in the second stage will only be accepted from a person who prequalifies in the first stage.
(C) During the first stage, Utah State University:
(i) shall prequalify bidders to participate in subsequent stages,
(ii) shall prohibit the submission of pricing information until the final stage; and
(iii) may, before beginning the second stage, request additional information to clarify the qualification of the bidders who submit timely responses.
(D) Contracts may only be awarded for a procurement item described in stage one of the invitation for bid.
(E) Utah State University may conduct a bid in as many stages as it determines to be appropriate.
(F) Except as otherwise expressly provided in this section, Utah State University shall conduct a multiple stage process in accordance with this part.
(G) The Vice President for Business and Finance may make rules governing the use of a multiple stage process described in this section.