What’s new in the Fifth Edition?

We’ve sold 5,000 Handbooks and gone through four editions. If you like what you have seen in earlier editions, then the Fifth Edition is a major upgrade. Many of the sections and references will be new to you.

If you purchased the Fourth Edition, it’s been five years since the previous edition was released. So, what has the Fifth Edition got that wasn’t in the Fourth Edition?

Here are some of the new issues, and exemplary documents dealt with in the Fifth Edition:

  • This entire text has been revised and expanded to more than 600 pages.
  • The number of citations of exemplary documents, guides, web pages, laws, and checklists has been expanded from 80 to 140.
  • We have added two new chapters and included new discussions of 20 important issues.

 

Chapter One
A WORLDWIDE VIEW OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

This is a new chapter which discusses fair, open and transparent as the worldwide standard for public procurement and efforts to curb corruption.

 

Chapter Two
PUBLIC PROCUREMENT – THE LAW

This is a new chapter written by Denis Chamberland, an internationally recognized lawyer specializing in public procurement.

 

Chapter Four
IMPLEMENTING AN EFFECTIVE RFP POLICY

We have added discussions based on information from two additional sources: NIGP, and Queensland (Australia).

 

Chapter Five
THE RFP PROCESS

This Chapter contains new discussions on the following topics:

  • use of draft RFPs
  • testing the evaluation procedure prior to issuing the RFP
  • demanding Risk Management information in your RFP
  • triggers to attract your auditor
  • the use of a Fairness Officer in high-risk, high-value RFPs.

 

Chapter Six
THE RFP DOCUMENT

This Chapter contains new, discussions of the following significant issues:

  • Developing a Statement of Work
  • An Exemplary RFP from Wisconsin
  • Using Risk as an Evaluation Factor

 

Chapter Seven
EXEMPLARY RFP MANUALS

We have added an extensive discussion of the documentation developed by North Carolina.

 

Chapter Ten
SAFEGUARDING THE EVALUATION PROCESS

We have added a 15-page narrative of an actual evaluation procedure.

 

Chapter Eleven
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE EVALUATION PROCESS

We have added discussions of two major issues:

  • Adopting a Non-Numerical Evaluation of Cost
  • Using Past Performance Data

 

Chapter Thirteen
SUPPLIER COMPLAINTS AND PROTESTS

We have added two new topics:

  • A Framework for Handling Complaints
  • Grounds for Relief

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