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Task force considers changes to competitive bidding

By Regan McCarthy

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Tallahassee, FL – A working group for the government efficiency task force is looking into a Florida law that regulates the state's contracting process. Regan McCarthy reports the group expects to make suggestions for changes to the legislature.

As it stands right now, the Consultant's Competitive Negotiation Act, or CCNA, requires that decisions about contracting with professionals like architects and surveyors be based on skill rather than cost. The idea is to ensure a fair bidding process and to protect against favoritism. Now some are questioning whether tweaking that could save the state money. Jack Breed is the vice president and regional manager of Civl-Surv design in Florida.

"I'm a small business man, I've only got less than 40 employees. And we all agree that the engine of job creation is small businesses like mine. CCNA in Florida, qualifications selection, is the greatest ally of small businesses."

CCNA rules apply for construction projects estimated to cost more than $325 thousand or planning projects expected to cost more than $35 thousand.