NOPB Procurement Guide

Invitation to Bid (ITB)
All documents used to solicit competitive or multi-step sealed bids.

Request for Proposal (RFP)
The document used to solicit proposals from potential providers for goods and services (Offerors). Price is usually not a primary evaluation factor. Provides for the negotiation of all terms, including price prior to contract award.

Professional Services
Services that include work rendered by an independent contractor who has a professed knowledge of some department of learning or science used by its practical application to the affairs of others or in the practice of an art founded on it, which independent contractor shall include but not be limited to attorneys, doctors, architects, engineers, accountants, business consultants, etc. A profession is a vocation founded upon prolonged and specialized intellectual training which enables a particular service to be rendered. A professional service implies professed attainment in special knowledge as distinguished from mere skill.

Purchase Order (PO)
A written authority issued by New Orleans Public Belt to the vendor indicating the agreed price and quantities for goods and services. A PO encumbers funds in the financial system and should always be obtained prior to doing any work with NOPB.

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