Your Proposal May Be Accessible to Your Competitors: Safeguard Trade Secrets in Government Procurement
Businesses submitting bids, responses to requests for qualifications, and proposals to state and local agencies must remember that generally their submissions are subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA). The PRA has limited exceptions. Many contractors and professionals have learned this lesson the hard way and only after their submissions are produced in response to a public records request usually from a competitor.
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