There should be public concern that the bidding and award process for the purchase of body cameras is transparent, and once the decision has been made, all bidders should be identified along with their quotes and the results published in the paper ("Baltimore police body camera bid, still not made public, under legal review," Jan. 20).
It is common practice in the construction industry to issue a two-part Request for Proposal (RFP). Part 1 will list the bidder's qualifications and the specifications for the product the bidder would be supplying. Part 2 would contain the price and other such terms. Often, a minor specification variance combined with the lower price may qualify as "best value." For example, with respect to this proposal, one bidder may have achieved all product specifications except the device that fastens the camera to the uniform. The selection committee may decide that that bidder's price advantage more than compensates for the addition of another type of clasp.
Product and price do have a relationship and need to be carefully reviewed to determine whether or not low bid equals "best value."
Sidney M. Levy, Baltimore