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Sometimes a dilemma : 'lowest and best bid'

Topic: 
PURCHASING--BIDS, PROPOSALS AND SPECIFICATIONS
Author: 
Rosenhan, A. K.
Publisher/Date: 
1994
Note: 
In Fire Chief -- Vol. 38 - no. 1 (January 1994)
Summary: 
If the rules say you have to conduct your purchasing on the basis of the "lowest and best bid," what do you do if the best, or even "good enough", has nothing to do with the lowest.