MINISTRY OF FINANCE: UNFAIR TO DEMAND UNLIMITED CHANGES IN GOVT TENDERS

The Ministry of Finance has received feedback that some tender or quotation documents posted on GeBIZ, the government procurement portal, included requirements for suppliers to provide “unlimited changes” in creative services.

MOF thanks members of the public for raising the issue to the ministry’s attention. MOF has looked into the matter, and has verified that there indeed was such a requirement contained in the posted documents, sourced to a local school. MOF agrees that it is unfair to expect the suppliers to agree to unlimited changes.

The Ministry of Education agrees that the number of iterations should be reasonable and cannot be unlimited. This specification has been removed from the school’s Invitation-to-Quote (ITQ).

MOF will issue a circular to remind all government agencies of standing procurement principles, which includes ensuring that all procurement specifications are reasonable and fair.

The DesignSingapore Council, which is tasked to develop the local design sector, is also working with MOF to advise government agencies on the guideline of best practices for government procurement of design services.

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