Can a set price be established by the Government so that we award to the vendor that provides the most/best in terms of quality and quantity of menu? The established price would be set using an IGE, local per diem, past rates, etc. It seems that this method might violate the tenet of considering price in each acquisition because we'd be taking price out of the equation but it would incentivize the vendors to maximize their menu instead of continuing to pear it down to be the lowest quote. If we notify each vendor to give us their best $8 (ex) dinner then we evaluate them in terms of quality/quantity. Is there a precedent for this?
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The problem is that your unit wants lowest price, highest quality. With that said, if you have established in the BPA that the Government will evaluate meals on quality/quantity with an anticipated price of $8.00 plus or minus 3% (or some other number), you can do that. What you are doing though is moving a bit away from selecting only on price