2015 ORS 279B.110¹
Responsibility of bidders and proposers

(1) As part of a contracting agency’s evaluation of a bid or proposal, the contracting agency shall determine whether the bidder or proposer is responsible in accordance with the standards of responsibility set forth in subsection (2) of this section. If the contracting agency determines that a bidder or proposer is not responsible, the contracting agency shall provide the bidder or proposer with written notice of the contracting agency’s determination.

(2) In order for a contracting agency to determine that a bidder or proposer is responsible, the bidder or proposer must demonstrate to the contracting agency that the bidder or proposer:

(a) Has available the appropriate financial, material, equipment, facility and personnel resources and expertise, or has the ability to obtain the resources and expertise, necessary to meet all contractual responsibilities.

(b) Completed previous contracts of a similar nature with a satisfactory record of performance. For purposes of this paragraph, a satisfactory record of performance means that to the extent that the costs associated with and time available to perform a previous contract remained within the bidder’s or proposer’s control, the bidder or proposer stayed within the time and budget allotted for the procurement and otherwise performed the contract in a satisfactory manner. The contracting agency shall document the bidder’s or proposer’s record of performance if the contracting agency finds under this paragraph that the bidder or proposer is not responsible.

(c) Has a satisfactory record of integrity. The contracting agency in evaluating the bidder’s or proposer’s record of integrity may consider, among other things, whether the bidder or proposer has previous criminal convictions for offenses related to obtaining or attempting to obtain a contract or subcontract or in connection with the bidder’s or proposer’s performance of a contract or subcontract. The contracting agency shall document the bidder’s or proposer’s record of integrity if the contracting agency finds under this paragraph that the bidder or proposer is not responsible.

(d) Is legally qualified to contract with the contracting agency.

(e) Complied with the tax laws of the state or a political subdivision of the state, including ORS 305.620 (Collection and distribution of local taxes on income and sales) and ORS chapters 316, 317 and 318. The bidder or proposer shall demonstrate compliance by attesting to the bidder’s or proposer’s compliance in any way the contracting agency deems credible and convenient.

(f) Possesses an unexpired certificate that the Oregon Department of Administrative Services issued under ORS 279A.167 (Certification program for training in pay equity provisions of state law) if the bidder or proposer employs 50 or more full-time workers and submitted a bid or proposal for a procurement with an estimated contract price that exceeds $500,000 in response to an advertisement or solicitation from a state contracting agency.

(g) Supplied all necessary information in connection with the inquiry concerning responsibility. If a bidder or proposer fails to promptly supply information concerning responsibility that the contracting agency requests, the contracting agency shall determine the bidder’s or proposer’s responsibility based on available information or may find that the bidder or proposer is not responsible.

(h) Was not debarred by the contracting agency under ORS 279B.130 (Debarment of prospective bidders and proposers).

(3) A contracting agency may refuse to disclose outside of the contracting agency confidential information furnished by a bidder or proposer under this section when the bidder or proposer has clearly identified in writing the information the bidder or proposer seeks to have treated as confidential and the contracting agency has authority under ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated) to withhold the identified information from disclosure. [2003 c.794 §59; 2009 c.880 §7; 2014 c.77 §3; 2015 c.539 §§1,5a]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 279B—Public Contracting - Public Procurements, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors279B.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.