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Florida Government Purchasing and Procurement Law

OnDemand Webinar (88 minutes)

Florida state and local governmental entities spend billions of dollars annually purchasing products and services. With an influx of federal dollars for things such as transportation infrastructure and education, and a new administration that appears to be focused on privatization, Florida government purchasing activity is likely to continue to increase. In these challenging economic times, Florida governmental entities have also begun to explore looking to the private sector to help finance much-needed infrastructure and other projects through public-private partnerships. While Florida government contracting presents opportunities for private sector companies to grow their business, it is important for companies wanting to compete in this space to understand Florida’s diverse and complex state and local procurement laws. This OnDemand Webinar will provide not only an overview of Florida procurement law, but will also discuss the latest developments and best practices designed to equip any company, and their legal counsel, desiring to contract with Florida state or local governmental entities, with the tools to best be able to compete for such contracts, as well as to defend contract awards that are protested or challenge awards to competitors.

Authors

Karen D. Walker, Holland & Knight LLP

Agenda

Overview of Florida Procurement Statutes and Regulations

  • Chapter 287, Florida Statutes
  • Section 120.57(3), Florida Statutes
  • Chapter 255, Florida Statutes
  • Chapter 60A-1, Florida Administrative Code
  • Chapter 28-110, Florida Administrative Code
  • Local Government Ordinances

Contract Solicitation Process and Issues

  • Solicitation Vehicles (ITB, RFP, ITN, RFQ)
  • Specification Protests
  • Organizational Conflicts of Interest
  • Best Practices Relating to Evaluations and Negotiations

Ethical Considerations

  • Florida Gift Law
  • Florida Lobbying Laws
  • Cone of Silence

Bid Protests

  • State Agency Bid Protest Procedures
  • Local Government Bid Protest Procedures
  • Recent Bid Protest Cases

Open Government Issues in Florida Procurement

  • Sunshine Law
  • Public Records Act

Proposed or Recent Changes to Florida Procurement Law

  • Legislative Changes
  • Regulatory Changes