|CSP - Request for Competitive Sealed Proposal|
A Request for Competitive Sealed Proposal (CSP) is similar to a Request for Proposal (RFP) containing evaluation criteria, which includes price and other factors. SBEDA criteria must constitute 20% of the overall evaluation criteria based on a 100 point scale. The key difference is that with CSPs, the City is required by Texas Local Government Code (TLGC) Chapter 252 to state the relative importance of price and other evaluation criteria in the CSP, and must treat respondents fairly and equally with respect to the opportunities to discuss and revise proposals. CSPs can be used for procurements of high technology and insurance with a typical procurement value of more than $50,000. Subject to Ordinance adoption, CSPs will also be available for solicitations of goods and non-professional services.
CSP solicitations must be advertised in a newspaper publication and posted on the City's website for a minimum of 30 days. The newspaper publication and posting on the website must occur on the same day. In addition, the notice must appear once per week in a newspaper publication for 2 consecutive weeks. Note: The website posting may occur on an earlier date than the newspaper publication; however, the 30 day count would begin on the actual date of the published newspaper advertisement. In the event that the newspaper publication appears before the website posting, then the 30 day count would begin on the actual date of the web posting.
A CSP is governed by TLGC Chapter 252 and must conform to the competitive bid evaluation requirements under this section of law. This section does not apply to a contract for professional services, as that term is defined by Section 2254.002, Government Code.