Govt to vote on amendments to tender processes

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Brazil's federal government is scheduled to hold a vote on May 10 regarding a provisory measure aimed at giving more flexibility to tenders for infrastructure projects aimed at preparing the country for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Part of provisory measure 521/10, the proposed amendment involves 45 changes focused on modifying tender procedures and regulations to speed up projects, according to a federal government release.

The amendment addresses issues such as integrating tenders for executive projects and civil works, opening economic bids before technical prequalification, and implementing labor price tables.

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The measures are aimed at helping the country ensure successful 2013 Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, according to legislator Cândido Vaccarezza of the ruling PT party.

Critics say the move violates procurement law 8.666/93 and will be detrimental to the process of government contracting.