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Reciprocal Preference Law
 
 
 
Oregon's reciprocal preference law
 
ORS 279A.120 requires public contracting agencies, in determining the lowest responsible bidder, to add a percent increase to each out-of-state bidder's bid price which is equal to the percent of preference given to local bidders in the bidder's home state. That is, if the low bidder is from a state that grants a 10 percent preference to its own in-state bidders, the Oregon agency must add 10 percent to that bidder's price when evaluating the bid.

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Procurement Services office has gathered information on preference laws of all states. This list is for your use in making contract awards under Oregon's reciprocal preference law. If you are in need of any assistance in the application of this law, please call or contact the Procurement Services office:
 
 
Preference: 
Preference is any advantage given to offerors in a competition for contract award which may be granted based on pre-established criteria.  These criteria are established by Law.
Law is mandatory; is defined by Statute, Rule, Statewide Policy, Executive Order; and is what gives you Preference Authority.  Use of the preference may be identified as either Mandatory or Discretionary.  
 

Reciprocal Preference: 

An advantage a state applies in order to match a preference given by another state.
For Example:  A preference based on residency.  
 
Department of Administrative Services
Procurement Services Office
1225 Ferry Street SE
Salem, OR 97301-4285
Tel: (503) 378-4642