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submission and not solely cost to perform
the work helps ensure the agency engages
a qualified service provider, promotes thorough and thoughtful proposals, and avoids
firms engaging in a " race to the bottom. "
Adopting this practice meets most, if not
all, principles of consultant selection and
helps to overcome the inherent challenges
discussed above.
It is ultimately up to the agency to
establish the consultant selection process
it believes will deliver the best results and
for the consultant to produce a concise,
compelling submission meeting the agency's requirements. Best Practices in Selecting
Transportation Consultants helps educate
participants on the importance of an
effective selection process and explains the
value of (and actions needed to achieve) a
meaningful, mutually beneficial agencyconsultant relationship. itej

ceived level of risk exposure can deter a
consultant from responding.
Avoiding the " Race to the Bottom: "
Heightening competition between
consultants based solely on price can
result in sacrifices in product quality to
gain a competitive advantage.

Why Use QualificationsBased Selection?
QBS is frequently cited as the preferred
practice for selecting transportation
consultants. The method facilitates best
value selection based on qualifications
(including technical competence, relevant
experience, availability, methodology, local
knowledge, and past performance) and
the subsequent determination of a fair and
reasonable price, all relative to the project
scope and agency expectations. Selecting
consultants based on the quality of their

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the project scope upfront enables
the consultant to produce a succinct,
compelling submission.
Clarifying Agency Expectations:
While leveling the playing field, the
absence of direct communication with
key staff in preparing the response
makes it more difficult for the consultant to present a tailored submission
addressing the agency's needs.
Competing Against an Incumbent:
With the time and resources needed
to prepare a meaningful submission,
consultants can be reluctant to respond
to procurements perceived as being
" wired " to a certain firm.
Meeting Contract Requirements:
In some instances, contract terms and
conditions -particularly indemnification and insurance clauses-appearing
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