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Washington County Government is committed to customer service. We want to assist you in finding answers to the questions you may have. The list of frequently asked questions will provide you with a quick answer. If you don’t find the answer to your question please contact us at 240-313-2330.
Frequently Asked Questions
To see and download Purchasing Department Bids/Quotes/Addenda/Bid Tabs, etc. on-line, go to: Open RFQ / ITB / RFP Invitations.
Washington County Purchasing Department’s bids/quotes are available on-line at: Open RFQ / ITB / RFP Invitations. Most documents are also available for viewing in the offices of the Washington County Purchasing Department.
As required, Washington County Purchasing Department advertises its formal bids/quotes in the local newspaper, on the County’s web site, and also on the State’s “e-Maryland Marketplace”. The actual bid documents are only available through Washington’s County’s website and/or the Washington County Purchasing Department.
The County does not maintain its own list of bidders. Vendors are encouraged to visit the County’s web site to view notices of formal bids/quotes as well as the State’s eMaryland Marketplace web site.
In addition to the Purchasing Department’s web site, vendors are also encouraged to view the web site of the County’s Division of Engineering & Construction Management for its capital construction projects. Washington County Engineering & Construction Management’s bids/quotes are available on-line at: Engineering – ITB / RFP / RFQ List.
Yes, anyone can attend formal bid/quote openings. Openings for Requests for Proposals are not public openings.
All interested bidders are requested to be present. Attendance is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. Attendance by conference call is not available at this time.
Bid tabulations are posted on the Purchasing Department’s website showing the “apparent low bidder”; however, contract award is not official until after the formal award is made by the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland. After the bid is awarded, only the successful bidder will be notified via phone/letter. Notice of the award shall also be posted on the web site.
For most bids, there is no fee to register to review or download a bid document. If a non-refundable fee is required, it shall be by cash or check. Checks shall be made payable to the Washington County Treasurer. The fee must be received in the Purchasing Department before a document can be distributed.
It does not take long to register to download a bid document. When registering, it is important to enter your information correctly; all addenda are issued via e-mail to the registrant and posted to the web site.