The ESTV encourages fellows to enter into government and local agreements to purchase common goods and services in order to promote greater profitability and efficiency. Section 3.3.2 of Section 3.3.2 contains guidelines and guidelines on common markets. Piggybacking is reviewed in section 3.3.4. Piggybacking is defined as „the use of a contractual document or post-assignment process, which allows a person who was not considered in the initial acquisition to acquire the same supplies/equipment through that or those original documents.“ The circumstances in which piggyback is permitted: Piggy-back or Piggyback also apply to contracts issued by individual state agencies that allow other jurisdictions to use the contract (i.e. „reduce“ the terms and prices of the contract.“ The contractual jurisdiction must include the language of piggybacking in the contract and the seller must give his consent. Piggyback contracts are the most direct resource for cooperation, especially for small municipalities. However, they can be beneficial for larger municipalities by reducing administrative costs and pushing to lower prices. Some companies are not legally allowed to hold back.  With regard to the contract of another local government authority, the other aspect of this acquisition, which raises concerns, is the rejection of your request for an „authorized“ bus instead of the 92 bus in the specifications. Of course, the Agency may have an absolute requirement for 92, but it is clear that at least two builders cannot bid because of this width requirement (perhaps one or two bidders).
While this may be acceptable because of the needs of this agency, it may not be defensible with respect to the 30 discretionary buses that appear to be added for the benefit of other agencies. These agencies may not have a legitimate requirement for the 92 buses and could use 102 buses, meaning that 102″ offers should be accepted for the optional quantities of 30 buses.