As with other issues around the new MLTI RFP, I have had good exchanges with folks since I wrote about my worries about the new RFP having an option for other states to buy off of the terms of our contract. Some of you have asked what you might say to the Commissioner, if you wanted to express that you felt similarly.
Based on my experience working both in the private sector and the public sector, and on discussions with business people about this possibility, here are my talking points:
- The possibility that the price would be lower because the vendor could sell more units is unlikely. A vendor is more likely to give an attractive price to a single showcase initiative.
- Our RFP should be based on the changes in learning Maine would like to see. This doesn't apply to other states.
- Even if other states are allowed to buy using our terms, the vendor has to do a separate contract with each state. The legal hassles of this mean that vendors will choose not to submit proposals to Maine.
- If you take a second to imagine a vendor that you would like to see submit a proposal, there is a very good chance that they will not.
- Please, make it clear in the RFP that submitted proposals will only apply to Maine.