Are bid or contract security bonds required?
As required by State of Maryland law, a performance bond and a labor and material payment bond, each in the amount of 100% of the contract amount, are required for any construction contract in excess of $100,000. The successful bidder must deliver the executed performance and payment bonds, together with all require certificates of insurance, to the Commission within 10 calendar days after Notice of Intent to award the contract. If the successful bidders fail to deliver these items within that period, the Commission will reject the bid and the bidder will forfeit the bid guaranty.

Bonds are sometimes required for smaller projects at the discretion of the Commission’s Secretary-Treasurer. Bid documents will clearly identify whether bonds are required. The Fair Practice Office has information regarding bonding and financial assistance referrals. For more information please call 301-454-1609.

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1. What is the Commission’s overall purchasing policy?
2. What types of Items does the Commission purchase?
3. How do I learn about specific Commission procurements?
4. Who does the purchasing for the Commission?
5. Who should I market to?
6. How do I request clarification on bids?
7. Are bid or contract security bonds required?
8. Can I withdraw or modify my bid after submission?
9. What happens if my bid is late?
10. How are purchasing decisions made?
11. Will I be notified about the bid award if I am not selected for award?
12. Do I have a right to protest an award of a purchase?
13. How do I get paid?
14. How do I get paid if I am a subcontractor?
15. Can firms be debarred or suspended from Commission purchases?
16. What should I do if I have more questions?