Supes approve contracting reform legislation

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved legislation intended to help keep contractors with poor track records from winning new city contracts.

Under the current bid system, city departments are required to award contracts to the lowest bidder, even if that bidder has a history of delays and poor workmanship, bad safety records or a lack of experience.

Legislation introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener and approved by the board today, however, allows each department to develop criteria for evaluating contractors that includes past performance, labor compliance, safety record, financial condition and experience as well as price.

Wiener said:

“Today we took a great step toward getting the best value for taxpayers when we contract for public projects.”

As the city embarks on public infrastructure investments in coming decades, Wiener said:

“The public deserves to have the confidence that the city will work with contractors to deliver projects safely, accurately and within budget.”

Other cities, including Los Angeles and San Diego, use similar “best value’ contracting practices, and a San Francisco Civil Grand Jury report released last year called for San Francisco to adopt them as well.