In my last post What’s An EOI? More Insights From Hydro on the $85M Controversy, I shared with you the answers I received from Hydro regarding the EOI process they used to enter into an $85M agreement with Tetra Tech.
Based on my research relating to the use of EOI’s or Expression of Interest, I also provided additional information, including under which circumstances this process has been utilized in the past.
While the post shed some much needed light on the controversy, there was still one question that I had to ask . . . why did Hydro choose to use an EOI as opposed to an RFP in their selection of a vendor for the needed services?
Here is the response I received from Hydro spokesperson Scott Powell:
“In the simplest terms, we made the decision to go forward on the EOI because based on the market info we received through that process, it lead us to believe that the RFP would be a redundant process that would result in a similar conclusion in terms of the supplier and costs. There would be no additional gains to be achieved via RFP process.”
Rather than provide my take on this, what do you think?
Is the above response sufficient in terms of explaining the decision to award the contract based on an EOI alone?
Per Colin Cram’s comment in the March 10th post Manitoba Hydro Single Source “Controversy”: A Time For Answers Over Headlines, does it provide the necessary “detailed and convincing explanation for the way this business was awarded and in language that can be understood by ordinary people” to justify the selection process?