Just to follow up a bit on HotLine's post, I work for a public agency in Los Angeles, and in our project bids, each bidder and all their subcontractors whose bid is $100K or more must be approved by our prequalification department before bid date. I think this comes from times past when we might have awarded a contact to a bidder that was not financially able to perform the contract. Our pre-qual is mostly financial data about the bidder's firm, and the information required by pre-qual is held confidential. Really - pre-qual does not share their information with anyone.
Pre-qual Dept strongly recommends to perspective bidders to not include any pre-qual documents in their bid packages because bid packages become public information. Pre-qual wants bidders to submit the forms directly to them, and get approval before bid date.
Kinda complex, but there are reasons for it. Our pre-qual is quite different than electrical contractors trying to prequalify potential customers. I thought I'd share this spin on it.
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