(a) The grantee shall review the qualifications of firms which responded to the announcement or were on the prequalified list and shall uniformly evaluate the firms.
(b) Qualifications shall be evaluated through an objective process (e.g., the appointment of a board or committee which, to the extent practicable, should include persons with technical skills).
(c) Criteria which should be considered in the evaluation of candidates for submission of proposals should include:
(1) Specialized experience and technical competence of the candidate or firm and its personnel (including a joint venture, association or professional subcontract), considering the type of services required and the complexity of the project;
(2) Past record of performance on contracts with the grantee, other government agencies or public bodies, and with private industry, including such factors as control of costs, quality of work, and ability to meet schedules;
(3) The candidate's capacity to perform the work (including any specialized services) within the time limitations, considering the firm's current and planned workload;
(4) The candidate's familiarity with types of problems applicable to the project; and
(5) Avoidance of personal and organizational conflicts of interest prohibited under State and local law and § 35.936-16.
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