When the city I work for received bids for a particular project, those bids are opened and read out loud in public at a specified time and place as per both city and state procurement law. However, when we issue an RFP or RFQ for professional services the proposals or qualifications packages are simply stamped with the date received and once the deadline for submission has passed the proposals or quals are reviewed by a committee and scored.
But now some elected officials want to require that proposals or qualifications be opened and read in a public place at a specified time and date as is the case with bids. I am not exactly sure what they feel should be read aloud since, unlike bids received for a public works project, professional services are exempt from the low-bid requirement even if the proposals do include a cost. Soooo - are there any municipalities out there that do have a process for the public opening and reading of RFPs or RFQs? If so, how does it work?
Addendum: I would be interested in knowing other municipalities' process for reviewing and selecting consultants to provide professional services in general. Thanks!