GA - GAC
Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Terms and Conditions of Agreement for Access to Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Website

(Note: certain features of this site have been disabled for the general public to prevent digital piracy. If you are an entitled government entity pursuant the Georgia Administrative Procedures Act, O.C.G.A.§ 50-13-7(d) contact the State of Georgia's Administrative Procedures Division at 678-364-3785 to enable these features for your location.)

To access this website, you must agree to the following:

These terms of use are a contract between you and/or your employer (if any), and Lawriter, LLC.

You agree not to use any web crawler, scraper, or other robot or automated program or device to obtain data from the website.

You agree that you will not sell or license anything that you download, print, or copy from this website.

THIS WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND LAWRITER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AND ARE NOT LIABLE TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY ERRORS IN INACCURACIES CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE.

By accessing and/or using this website, you agree to the terms and conditions above. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions above, you must cease accessing and/or using this website and destroy all material obtained from this website without your agreement.

If you accept these terms enter the information below and click “I AGREE”.

Chapter 672-5 GOVERNING THE PREQUALIFICATION OF PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS

Rule 672-5-.01 Purposes of Rules

(a) The purposes of these Rules Governing the Prequalification of Prospective Bidders are:
(1) To minimize delays in the awarding of contracts after bids have been opened.
(2) To insure that Department contracts will be awarded only to reliable bidders.
(b) These Rules do not apply to contracts for routine or preventative maintenance, including but not limited to those contracts subject to Department Policy Number 6130-7 Guidelines for Maintenance Service Agreement, except in those instances where the Department specifically requires prequalification pursuant to these Rules.

Rule 672-5-.02 Definitions

The following terms, as used in this Chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context thereof indicates to the contrary:

(a) "Audited Financial Statement": A Financial Statement as herein defined prepared by an independent Certified Public Accountant. The Audited Financial Statement must contain an Accountant's Certificate by the independent Certified Public Accountant who prepared the statement. If signed by the firm of the Certified Public Accountant, the firm must be registered with the State Board of Accountancy, State of Georgia, or in the State where the company headquarters is located.
(b) "Board of Review": A board consisting of not less than three (3) members, all of whom shall be employees of the Department. All members shall be appointed by order of the Commissioner.
(c) "Certified Public Accountant": A person duly registered with the State Board of Accountancy, State of Georgia, or equivalent registration with another state in the United States.
(d) "Contractor": A Person prequalified pursuant to these rules to bid on a Department contract in excess of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000).
(e) "Commissioner": The Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation.
(f) "Compiled Financial Statement": A Financial Statement as herein defined prepared by an independent Registered Public Accountant or an independent Certified Public Accountant. The Complied Financial Statement must contain an Accountant's Certificate executed by the independent Certified Public Accountant or Registered Public Accountant who prepared the statement. If signed by the firm of the Certified Public Accountant, the firm must be registered with the State Board of Accountancy, State of Georgia, or in the State where the company headquarters is located.
(g) "Current Capacity": The difference between a Contractor's or Subcontractor's Maximum Capacity Rating and the dollar value of its current uncompleted work, regardless of its location and with whom it has contracted.
(h) "Department": The Georgia Department of Transportation.
(i) "Engineer": The Chief Engineer, acting directly or through a duly authorized representative, such representative acting within the scope of the particular duties assigned to him or her and within the authority given him or her.
(j) "Financial Statement": Completed on Department approved forms, shows all assets and liabilities which support the assets and liabilities reported on the application and covering a period ending not more than twelve (12) months prior to the date of the application. The Financial Statement cannot be prepared by a Certified Public Accountant or Registered Public Accountant who is directly or indirectly interested in the business of the Prospective Contractor submitting the Financial Statement. There are three (3) types of Financial Statements:
(1) Compiled Financial Statements;
(2) Reviewed Financial Statements; and
(3) Audited Financial Statements, as are further defined herein.
(k) "Maximum Capacity Rating": The total aggregate amount (dollar value) of work a Prospective Bidder may have under contract at any time, either as principal Contractor or Subcontractor, regardless of its location and with whom it may be contracted, as determined by the Department.
(l) "Parent" or "Parent Company": A company or legal entity that wholly owns another company (subsidiary) or controls the other entity by owning more than 50 percent of the company's voting stock. This ownership or control may extend to one or more subsidiaries in either the same industry or complimentary industries.
(m) "Person": Any individual, co-partnership, association, corporation, firm or joint stock company, or joint venture or its lessees, trustees, assignees or receivers as appointed by any court, who is registered with the Georgia Secretary of State where required to do so in order to conduct business in the state.
(n) "Prequalification Committee": The Prequalification Committee of the Department of Transportation which shall consist of not less than three (3) members, all of whom shall be employees of the Department. Provided, that the Director of Construction and are presentative of the Office of Audits shall be members. Provided further that all other members shall be appointed by order of the Commissioner. The Prequalification Committee shall elect one of its members as chairman and another as secretary. The secretary shall keep a complete record of the proceedings and decisions of the Prequalification Committee.
(o) "Prospective Bidder": Prospective Contractor(s) and/or Prospective Subcontractor(s).
(p) "Prospective Contractor": Any Person who wishes to apply or renew its eligibility to be prequalified as a Contractor.
(q) "Prospective Subcontractor": Any Person who wishes to apply or renew its eligibility to be registered as a Subcontractor.
(r) "Reviewed Financial Statement": A Financial Statement as herein defined prepared by an independent Registered Public Accountant or an independent Certified Public Accountant. The Reviewed Financial Statement must contain an Accountant's Certificate executed by the independent Certified Public Accountant or Registered Public Accountant who prepared the statement. If signed by the firm of the Certified Public Accountant, the firm must be registered with the State Board of Accountancy, State of Georgia, or in the State where the company headquarters is located.
(s) "Subcontractor": A Person registered pursuant to these rules to sublet work from a Contractor or to perform any contract less than or equal to Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) as a prime contractor.
(t) "Subsidiary" or "Subsidiary Company": A legal entity controlled by another (parent) company, which is also considered a legal entity. The subsidiary is wholly owned by the parent company, or the parent company owns or controls more than 50 percent of the subsidiary's voting stock.

Rule 672-5-.03 Forms

All forms referred to in these Rules are hereby incorporated and made a part of these Rules. Said forms, which may be amended from time to time by the Department, may be obtained from the office of the Prequalification Committee, Georgia Department of Transportation, 600 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 or the Department's website, www.dot.ga.gov.

Rule 672-5-.04 Application for Contractor Qualification

(1) All Prospective Contractors must submit an application under oath on forms to be furnished by the office of the Prequalification Committee in order to receive a Certificate of Qualification. The application must be filed at least ten (10) days prior to the opening of any bids the Prospective Contractor proposes to submit and must include the following:
(a) A Financial Statement. In submitting the Financial Statement, the Prospective Contractor will abide by the following:
(i) If a Prospective Contractor's adjusted net worth is Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000) or less, the Prospective Contractor must submit a Compiled Financial Statement, Reviewed Financial Statement or Audited Financial Statement.
(ii) If a Prospective Contractor's adjusted net worth is greater than Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000) but less than Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($7,500,000), the Prospective Contractor must submit a Reviewed Financial Statement or Audited Financial Statement.
(iii) If a Prospective Contractor's adjusted net worth is greater than Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($7,500,000), the Prospective Bidder must submit an Audited Financial Statement.
(b) A statement as to major plant and equipment used for transportation projects and a statement for all other property, plant and equipment used in the business, such as buildings, furniture and fixtures and leasehold improvements; the statement shall give details as to type, age and condition of all property, plant and equipment;
(c) A statement as to organization, which shall develop the adequacy of such organization, including key personnel, and any and all affiliated companies to undertake a project in the classification desired subject to the following:
(i) In a Parent-Subsidiary relationship where the Parent and the Subsidiary are to be prequalified separately, the Parent and the Subsidiary must submit separate Financial Statements for prequalification purposes.
(ii) In Parent-Subsidiary relationships where both the Parent and the Subsidiary are to be prequalified separately, the investments in the Subsidiary must be deducted from the assets of the Parent in computing the adjusted net worth of the Parent.
(iii) A Parent company must list any and all Subsidiary companies prequalified with the Department, the dollar amount of the investment in each Subsidiary and the method of carrying the investment on the Financial Statement.
(d) A statement as to prior and current experience of the Prospective Contractor, its principal officers and key employees which shall show the number of years each identified officer or key employee has been engaged in the contracting business and shall further disclose generally their experience over that period;
(e) A statement which shall give an accurate and sufficient record of principal work on which the Prospective Contractor has been engaged in the past three (3) years, both in Georgia and elsewhere, as a contractor of record, or work done under subcontract, giving the name of projects under taken, the type of work, the location, the contract amount and the name of the contracting agency. In case of work done by subcontract, the prime contractor will be named;
(f) A statement which shall list in detail any liens, stop notices or claims filed against the Prospective Contractor on any project within the past five (5) years. This statement shall also disclose any failure or failures to complete a contract or contracts, and any penalties imposed by reason of any contract undertaken and determined to be in noncompliance with pertinent statutes within the said five (5) year period. The Prospective Contractor shall explain in detail all such items;
(g) A statement as to whether or not the Prospective Contractor or any of its officers, executives or members has been convicted or entered a guilty plea in a court of competent jurisdiction within the two (2) years prior to the date of application of violation of any State or Federal statute concerning the restraint of trade;
(h) A statement setting forth any other relevant, pertinent, and material facts that will justify the Maximum Capacity rating desired;
(i) A statement agreeing to comply with Rule 672-5-.17 "Conduct in Bidding Department Contracts or Submitting Quotes to Bidders on Department Contracts";
(j) A statement which shall list the specific area of class/classes of work for which the Prospective Contractor is qualified;
(k) A statement of specific geographic location within the State which lists the Department district in which the Prospective Contractor will typically bid;
(l) A certification by the Prospective Contractor that it is not currently suspended or debarred by another state or federal governmental entity or has not been voluntarily excluded in another state or federal governmental entity and that no state or federal governmental entity has instituted any action to suspend or debar the Prospective Contractor. The Application of any Prospective Contractor who is currently suspended or debarred by another state or federal governmental entity or who has been voluntarily excluded in another state or federal governmental entity, regardless of whether the Prospective Contractor intends to bid on state or federally funded projects, will be rejected. The Application must further contain the certification that, if at any time during the period that a Prospective Contractor maintains a Certificate of Qualification, an action is instituted by a state or federal governmental entity to suspend or debar the Prospective Contractor, or the Prospective Contractor becomes voluntarily excluded in another state or federal governmental entity, the Prospective Contractor will immediately notify the Department's Director of Construction; and
(m) Provide proof of any insurance or self-insurance for workers compensation insurance and general liability insurance to be supplemented on a yearly basis.
(2) All Persons proposing to bid on Department work for the performance of any contract less than or equal to Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) as a prime contractor must be registered as a Subcontractor as provided for in Rule 672-5-.11.
(3) The Prequalification Committee may, upon proper notice, require a Contractor who already has been qualified under these Rules to file a new application at anytime that the Prequalification Committee deems it necessary for a Contractor to bring its statements up-todate. Such application shall be filed within thirty (30) days after the Committee's request and failure on the part of the Contractor to comply may be grounds for disqualification pursuant to Rule 672-5-.15.
(4) The Department reserves the right to require an application which may include a request for additional information or documentation for qualification for certain projects designated prior to the letting regardless of the value of the contract.
(5) A Prospective Contractor shall submit Applications for Qualification, as provided herein, at least once every two (2) years or on such intermediate occasions as may be deemed necessary by either the Prospective Contractor or the Prequalification Committee. The Prospective Contractor must submit an updated Application for Qualification when it has sold twenty-five percent (25%) or more of its assets.

Rule 672-5-.05 Specialty Items

The Engineer may designate certain specialty items of work and exempt Prospective Bidders bidding to perform such work from the requirements of these Rules.

Rule 672-5-.06 Ability or Multiplying Factor for Prospective Bidders

(1) The Engineer will, as part of past performance, require the District Engineers to execute and submit a past performance report on all prime contractors performing work for the Department.
(2) Where a Prospective Bidder has no record of work with the Department, past performance information will be obtained from others for whom it has performed work.
(3) These reports shall be used as a basis for determining upon renewal or resubmission of an application, the Prospective Bidder's, past performance rating, which rating shall then be considered in determining the Ability or Multiplying Factor in accordance with the forms on file in the office of the Prequalification Committee.

Rule 672-5-.07 Determination of Maximum Capacity Rating for Contractors

(1) Each Prospective Contractor shall state the Maximum Capacity Rating desired. Each Prospective Contractor will be rated in accordance with its financial ability, adequacy of plant and equipment, organization, prior experience, record of construction and any other pertinent, relevant and material facts. The Prospective Contractor will be assigned a Maximum Capacity Rating which will designate the quantity of work upon which it will be eligible to bid. The Prequalification Committee will give notice of such rating by electronic mail using the address provided in the application within thirty (30) days after receipt of such fully executed Application for Qualification. The determination of the Maximum Capacity Rating will be made subject to the rules set forth herein and Department policy.
(2) The Maximum Capacity Rating will be a flat sum determined by the following formula:

Q = F [C + 60% (DA)]

Q = Maximum Capacity Rating

F = Ability or Multiplying Factor

C = Current Assets less current liabilities; plus plant and equipment used for road and bridge construction only

DA = Net Deferred Assets [(Property and plant and equipment not used for road and bridge construction only plus all non-current assets) - any deferred liabilities or non-current liabilities (maturing beyond one year)]. Net Deferred Assets will equal zero (0), if the calculated value is less than or equal to zero (0).

Rule 672-5-.08 Appeals Procedure for Maximum Capacity Rating for Prospective Bidders

(1) A Prospective Bidder dissatisfied with its Maximum Capacity Rating may request an informal hearing in writing within ten (10) days of receipt of its Maximum C informal hearing will be before the Board of Review. At this informal hearing, neither the Department nor the Prospective Bidder shall be represented by an attorney nor be allowed to present witnesses. Documentary evidence may be presented by the Department or Prospective Bidder. Failure to request a formal hearing within ten (10) days after receipt of the Maximum Capacity Rating shall act as a waiver of the right of the Prospective Bidder to further appeal its Maximum Capacity Rating.
(2) If a request for an informal hearing is received timely from the Prospective Bidder, the Board of Review shall set a date and time for an informal hearing to be held in the matter, and shall issue a written notice of the informal hearing to the Prospective Bidder. The written notice may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address.
(3) Within fourteen (14) days after the conclusion of the informal hearing, the Board of Review shall render a written Preliminary Decision. The Board of Review shall cause a copy of this recommendation to be served upon the Prospective Bidder, which may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address.
(4) Within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the Preliminary Decision, the Prospective Bidder may request a formal hearing with the Commissioner. Failure to request a formal hearing within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the Preliminary Decision shall act as waiver of any additional appeal rights of the Prospective Bidder and the Preliminary Decision of the Board of Review shall become the Final Decision.
(5) In the event that a formal hearing has been requested by the Prospective Bidder, the Commissioner shall set a date and time for a hearing to be held in the matter, and shall issue a written notice of the hearing to the Prospective Bidder. The written notice of the hearing shall inform the Prospective Bidder of the date and time of the hearing, and of its right to attend, to be represented by counsel, to cross-examine witnesses against it, and to respond and present evidence on all issues. The written notice may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address.
(6) Within thirty (30) days after the hearing, the Commissioner shall issue a Final Decision and shall cause a copy of this recommendation to be served upon the Prospective Bidder, which may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address. The Commissioner may instruct the Prequalification Committee to increase, decrease or not change the Maximum Capacity rating of the Prospective Bidder.
(7) An appeal from the Final Decision of the Commissioner is directly appealable to the Superior Court.

Rule 672-5-.09 Bidding Authorization

(1) A Prospective Bidder may be issued Proposal Forms covering various projects. In the event a bidder submits a low bid on one or more projects and the aggregate amount is greater than the Current Capacity of the bidder, the Department will exercise its discretion in selecting the particular project or projects to award which will give the best financial advantage to the Department. The determination of the low bidder on any project or projects on which bids have been disqualified due to the operation of the above procedure will be made without consideration of the bid or bids so disqualified.
(2) Nothing in these Rules shall be construed as depriving the Department of the right to reject any bid when, in the opinion of the Department, circumstances and developments have changed the Prospective Bidder's qualification so as to affect its reliability. However, before taking such action the Department will notify the Prospective Bidder and give it an opportunity to present additional information to the Board of Review which might tend to substantiate its existing Maximum Capacity Rating or Current Capacity Rating.

Rule 672-5-.10 Certification of Capacity

(1) In order that the Department may have the necessary information to pass upon the ability of a Prospective Bidder to satisfactorily complete a project, each low bidder must submit on each proposal within one (1) business day after the letting a Certification of Capacity to perform the work. Such forms may be obtained from the office of the Prequalification Committee. In making this certification, the Prospective Bidder certifies that its Current Capacity is sufficient to cover the amount of its proposal.
(2) If the Prospective Bidder certifies that it has obligations of uncompleted work under contract, the initiation of work on which for good and sufficient contractual reasons, must be deferred beyond a period of twelve (12) months after the date of the opening of bids for the work for which the Prospective Bidder is submitting its bid, the Prequalification Committee may give consideration to temporarily reducing the debits against the Prospective Bidder's Current Capacity by the amounts of the dollar values of such items. If the Prospective Bidder desires such consideration where the award of a contract is contingent upon the deferral of such charges against its Current Capacity, Prospective Bidder must list the projects on which such deferrals are requested in its Certification of Capacity and it must attach a detailed explanation of the circumstances.
(3) The penalty for making a false Certification of Capacity may be disqualification from bidding on future work for a ninety (90) day period. The appeal procedure will be the same as that set out in 672-5-.14(2).

Rule 672-5-.11 Application for Subcontractor Registration

(1) In order for the Department to maintain a register of Subcontractors, any person desiring to perform work on Department projects as a Subcontractor must obtain a Certificate of Registration by submitting a notification of such desire under oath to the Department on forms to be furnished by the Department. The original notification may be filed at any time, but in no case less than ten (10) days prior to the prime contractor's requesting approval of the subcontract to which the Prospective Subcontractor will be a party. The notification must include the following information:
(a) A statement as to the Prospective Subcontractor's major plant and equipment, which shall give details as to type, age and condition;
(b) A statement of the Prospective Subcontractor's organization which shall develop the adequacy of such organization, including key personnel, to undertake work;
(c) A statement of the experience of the Prospective Subcontractor, including its principal officers and key employees, which shall show the number of years the Prospective Subcontractor has been engaged in the contracting business and disclose generally its experience over that period;
(d) A statement which shall give an accurate record of any work, whether under its present name or some other, on which it has been engaged in the five (5) years next preceding this notification, both in Georgia and elsewhere, as a contractor of record or under a subcontract, giving a description of the project undertaken, the type of work in which it engaged, the location of the work, the contract amount and the name of the contracting person, firm, corporation or agency. In the case of work performed under a subcontract, the prime contractor shall be named;
(e) A complete and accurate statement of any liens, stop notices or claims filed against the Prospective Subcontractor on any project listed in response to Rule 672-5-.11(1)(d).The statement shall also disclose any failure or failures to complete a contract or contracts and any liquidated damages or penalties, monetary or otherwise imposed by reason of any contract undertaken and determined to be in noncompliance with pertinent statutes within the five (5) year period preceding this notification. A detailed explanation of all such items shall be given;
(f) A statement setting forth any other relevant, pertinent and material facts or data which the Prospective Subcontractor deems would show that it is qualified to perform the work which it has represented that it is willing and capable of undertaking;
(g) A statement which shall list the specific area of class/classes of work for which the Prospective Subcontractor is qualified; and
(h) A statement of specific geographic location within the State which lists the Department district in which the contractor will typically work.
(i) A certification by the Prospective Subcontractor that it is not currently suspended or debarred by another state or federal governmental entity or has not been voluntarily excluded in another state or federal governmental entity and that no state or federal governmental entity has instituted any action to suspend or debar the Prospective Subcontractor. The Application of any Prospective Subcontractor who is currently suspended or debarred by another state or federal governmental entity or who has been voluntarily excluded in another state or federal governmental entity, regardless of whether the Prospective Subcontractor intends to bid on state or federally funded projects, will be rejected. The Application must further contain the certification that, if at any time during the period that a Prospective Subcontractor maintains a Certificate of Registration an action is instituted by a state or federal governmental entity to suspend or debar the Prospective Subcontractor, or the Prospective Contractor becomes voluntarily excluded in another state or federal governmental entity, the Prospective Subcontractor will immediately notify the Department's Director of Construction; and
(2) A person desiring to remain on the register of Subcontractors shall submit a notification of such desire on forms provided by the Department no less often than once every two (2) years and more often should it be deemed necessary by either the Prospective Subcontractor or the Prequalification Committee. Should the Prequalification Committee request such a filing, the notification shall be filed within thirty (30) days after receipt of the request. Failure on the part of the Prospective Subcontractor to file the notification every two years or to file the notification requested by the Prequalification Committee within thirty (30) days after receipt of such request shall be grounds for its removal from the register of Subcontractors pursuant to Rule 672-5-.15. The Prospective Subcontractor must submit an updated notification of desire to remain on the register of Subcontractors on forms provided by the Department, when it has sold or acquired a large number of assets.
(3) Subcontractors will be assigned a Maximum Capacity Rating, which shall represent the maximum dollar amount of work a registered Subcontractor may undertake on Department projects at any one time. The value of any single subcontract will not exceed Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000). The Maximum Capacity Rating for each registered Subcontractor will be established utilizing the following formula:

Q = F[$250,000.00]

Q = Maximum Capacity Rating

F = Ability or Multiplying Factor as established by performance ratings.

(4) The registration of, and assignment of a Maximum Capacity Rating to, a Subcontractor by the Department is not, nor shall it be construed as, a warranty, certification, implication or assurance by the Department that the registered Subcontractor is qualified, either as to the type of work or quantity, to undertake the work for which the Subcontractor is hired by the prime contractor. The registration of, and assignment of a Maximum Capacity Rating to, a Subcontractor by the Department shall not relieve the prime contractor of its responsibility to determine that its Subcontractors are in fact qualified to perform the work for which they are engaged nor relieve the prime contractor of any rights, liabilities, duties or obligations under its contract with the Department.

Rule 672-5-.12 Effect of Subcontracting on Contractor's Capacity

(1) The prime Contractor may subcontract portions of the project to other prequalified Contractors or registered Subcontractors up to the amount provided for in the contract specifications. In figuring the total amount of Current Capacity available to a Contractor, it will be given credit for the work subcontracted after the Subcontractor has been approved in writing by the Department.
(2) No Person shall both prequalify as a Contractor and register as a Subcontractor. Any subcontract work undertaken by a prequalified Contractor shall be counted against its Current Capacity.

Rule 672-5-.13 Joint Bids

Any combination of bidders, each of whom is prequalified in accordance with these Rules will be permitted to bid jointly.

Rule 672-5-.14 False, Deceptive, or Fraudulent Statement(s) in Application or at Hearing

(1) The Certification of Qualification or the Certificate of Registration of any Person who makes or causes to be made any false, deceptive, or fraudulent statement(s) on the application required to be submitted, or in the course of any hearing under these Rules, may be temporarily suspended or permanently revoked.
(2) The following process will apply when the Prequalification Committee receives information to give it reasonable cause to believe that there is a false, deceptive, or fraudulent statement(s) made by a Prospective Bidder on the application:
(a) When the Prequalification Committee receives information to give it reasonable cause to believe that there is a false, deceptive, or fraudulent statement(s) made by a Prospective Bidder on the application, the Prequalification Committee shall make a recommendation to the Board of Review for action to be taken against the Prospective Bidder which may include but is not limited to permanent revocation of the Contractor's Certificate of Qualification or Subcontractor's Certificate of Registration or the suspension of such Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Registration for a certain period of time. The Prequalification Committee shall cause a copy of this recommendation to be served upon the Prospective Bidder, which may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address.
(b) The Prospective Bidder may request an informal hearing in writing within ten (10) days of receipt of the recommendation of the Prequalification Committee. The informal hearing will be before the Board of Review. The purpose of this informal hearing is to provide an opportunity for the Prospective Bidder to respond to the findings of the Prequalification Committee before formal action is taken. At this informal hearing, neither the Department nor the Prospective Bidder shall be represented by an attorney nor be allowed to present witnesses. Documentary evidence may be presented by the Department or Prospective Bidder. Failure to request a formal hearing within ten (10) days after receipt of recommendation from the Prequalification Committee shall act as waiver of any additional appeal rights of the Prospective Bidder.
(c) If a request for an informal hearing is received timely from the Prospective Bidder, the Board of Review shall set a date and time for an informal hearing to be held in the matter, and shall issue a written notice of the informal hearing to the Prospective Bidder. The written notice of the informal hearing shall inform the Prospective Bidder of the charges against it and of the date and time of the informal hearing. The written notice may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address.
(d) Within fourteen (14) days after the conclusion of the informal hearing, the Board of Review shall render a written Preliminary Decision. The Board of Review shall cause a copy of this Preliminary Decision to be served upon the Prospective Bidder, which may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address. Within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the Preliminary Decision, the Prospective Bidder may request a formal hearing with the Commissioner. Failure to request a formal hearing within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the Preliminary Decision shall act as waiver of any additional appeal rights of the Prospective Bidder and the Preliminary Decision of the Board of Review shall become the Final Decision.
(e) In the event that a formal hearing has been requested by the Bidder, the Commissioner shall set a date and time for a hearing to be held in the matter, and shall issue a written notice of the hearing to the Prospective Bidder. The written notice of the hearing shall inform the Prospective Bidder of the charges against it, of the date and time of the hearing, and of its right to attend, to be represented by counsel, to cross-examine witnesses against it, and to respond and present evidence on all issues. The written notice may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address.
(f) Within thirty (30) days after the hearing, the Commissioner shall issue a Final Decision and shall cause a copy of this recommendation to be served upon the Prospective Bidder, which may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Prospective Bidder's last known mailing address. In the event the Commissioner determines that there is cause for suspension or revocation, the Commissioner shall direct the Prequalification Committee either to revoke the Contractor's Certificate of Qualification or Subcontractor's Certificate of Registration or to suspend the Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Registration for a period of no less than thirty (30) days and no more than five (5) years.
(g) An appeal from the Final Decision of the Commissioner is directly appealable to the Superior Court.
(3) For a false, deceptive or fraudulent statement made in the course of any hearing with the Commissioner, the Commissioner will have the power to immediately permanently revoke the Contractor's Certificate of Qualification or Subcontractor's Certificate of Registration or to suspend such Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Registration for a period of time as determined by the Commissioner. An appeal from the decision of the Commissioner is directly appealable to the Superior Court.

Rule 672-5-.15 Suspension or Revocation of Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Registration

(1) The Department may suspend for a specified period of time, or revoke for good cause, any Contractor's Certificate of Qualification or Subcontractor's Certificate of Registration. Any Contractor whose Certificate of Qualification or Subcontractor whose Certificate of Registration has been suspended or revoked for good cause will not be permitted to submit bid proposals or subcontract to perform work on any Department contracts, regardless of the dollar amount of the bid during the period of suspension or revocation. Good cause shall include but not be limited to the following:
(a) Failure or refusal to comply with Rule 672-5-.16, Rule 672-5-.04(3), 672-5-.11(2), or any other rule set forth herein.
(b) Failure, due to the fault of the Contractor, to carry out any contract awarded by the Department;
(c) Default on any contract awarded by the Department;
(d) Falling more than fifteen percent (15%) behind schedule, due to the fault of the Contractor, on two (2) or more projects under contract excluding resurfacing projects;
(e) Conviction or entry of a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, or first offender treatment, by persons who are principles, owners, or partners with the Contractor or Subcontractor, for commission of a criminal offense as an incident to obtaining or attempting to obtain a public or private contract or subcontract, or in the performance of the contract or subcontract, or for conspiracy, contract or combination in restraint of trade or of free and open competition in any transaction with a state, the United States, or any state or federal agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof;
(f) Conviction or entry of a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, or first offender treatment, by persons who are principles, owners, or partners with the Contractor or Subcontractor under State or Federal statutes of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, receiving stolen property, or any other offense indicating a lack of business integrity or business honesty which currently, seriously, and directly affects responsibility as a State contractor as determined by the Department;
(g) Conviction or entry of a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, or first offender treatment, by persons who are principles, owners, or partners with the Contractor or Subcontractor under State or Federal antitrust statutes arising out of the submission of bids or proposals;
(h) Any other cause so serious and compelling as to affect the present responsibility of the Contractor or Subcontractor, including a suspension or debarment by another state or federal governmental entity;
(i) Any violation of the conflict of interest provisions of O.C.G.A. Sections 45-10-20 through 45-10-28;
(j) Failure to comply with any Federal regulation(s); and
(k) In the absence of Department approval, the failure of the Contractor to make payments to subcontractor(s) or supplier(s) in contravention of contractual and/or statutory requirements, or a pattern or practice of making late payments to subcontractor(s) or supplier(s) in contravention of contractual and/or statutory requirements, when such payments are not withheld in response to subcontractor or supplier performance disputes or issues.
(2) The following process will apply when the Prequalification Committee receives information to give it reasonable cause to believe that there is good cause for suspension or revocation:
(a) The Prequalification Committee shall make a recommendation to the Board of Review for action to be taken against the Contractor or Subcontractor. The Prequalification Committee shall cause a copy of this recommendation to be served upon the Contractor or Subcontractor, which may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Contractor's or Subcontractor's last known mailing address.
(b) The Contractor or Subcontractor may request an informal hearing in writing within ten (10) days of receipt of the recommendation of the Prequalification Committee. The informal hearing will be before the Board of Review. The purpose of this informal hearing is to provide an opportunity for the Contractor or Subcontractor to respond to the findings of the Prequalification Committee before formal action is taken. At this informal hearing, neither the Department nor the Contractor or Subcontractor shall be represented by an attorney nor be allowed to present witnesses. Documentary evidence may be presented by the Department or Contractor or Subcontractor. Failure to request a formal hearing within ten (10) days after receipt of recommendation from the Prequalification Committee shall act as a waiver of the Contractor's or Subcontractor's further appeal rights.
(c) If a request for an informal hearing is received timely from the Contractor or Subcontractor, the Board of Review shall set a date and time for an informal hearing to be held in the matter, and shall issue a written notice of the informal hearing to the Contractor or Subcontractor. The written notice of the informal hearing shall inform the Contractor or Subcontractor of the charges against it and of the date and time of the informal hearing. The written notice may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Contractor's or Subcontractor's last known mailing address.
(d) Within fourteen (14) days after the conclusion of the informal hearing, the Board of Review shall render a written Preliminary Decision. The Board of Review shall cause a copy of this Preliminary Decision to be served upon the Contractor or Subcontractor, which may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Contractor's or Subcontractor's last known mailing address. Within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the Preliminary Decision, the Contractor or Subcontractor may request a formal hearing with the Commissioner. Failure to request a formal hearing within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the Preliminary Decision shall act as waiver of any additional appeal rights of the Contractor or Subcontractor and the Preliminary Decision of the Board of Review shall become the Final Decision.
(e) In the event that a formal hearing has been requested by the Bidder, the Commissioner shall set a date and time for a hearing to be held in the matter, and shall issue a written notice of the hearing to the Contractor or Subcontractor. The written notice of the hearing shall inform the Contractor or Subcontractor of the charges against it, of the date and time of the hearing, and of its right to attend, to be represented by counsel, to cross-examine witnesses against it, and to respond and present evidence on all issues. The written notice may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Contractor's or Subcontractor's last known mailing address.
(f) Within thirty (30) days after the hearing, the Commissioner shall issue a Final Decision and shall cause a copy of this recommendation to be served upon the Contractor or Subcontractor, which may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed to the Contractor's or Subcontractor's last known mailing address. In the event the Commissioner determines that there is good cause for suspension or revocation, the Commissioner shall direct the Prequalification Committee either to revoke the Contractor's Certificate of Qualification or Subcontractor's Certificate of Registration or to suspend it for a period of no less than thirty (30) days and no more than five (5) years.
(g) An appeal from the Final Decision of the Commissioner is directly appealable to the Superior Court.
(3) The suspension or revocation of the Contractor's Certificate of Qualification or Subcontractor's Certificate of Registration shall not affect obligations under any pre-existing contracts except as may be amended by the parties.
(4) In the event a successful bidder refuses or fails to execute and return the contract and forfeits the bid bond, the Prequalification Committee will evaluate the circumstances and is authorized to disqualify the bidder for submitting a bid on the same project if it is reoffered for bids.

Rule 672-5-.16 Conduct in Bidding Department Contracts or Submitting Quotes to Bidders on Department Contracts

Contractors who submit bids to the Department of Transportation or Subcontractors who submit quotes on subcontract work to other Contractors who are bidders on Department contracts shall be governed according to the following:

(a) Contractors and Subcontractors shall conduct their business in Georgia strictly in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia, and of the United States, and with the lawfully promulgated regulations of the Department.
(b) Contractors and Subcontractors shall:
1. Bid or quote competitively without regard to any artificial territories or boundaries created or designated by agreement with any other potential Contractor or Subcontractor.
2. Not seek or obtain, directly or indirectly, from any other potential Contractor or Subcontractor, a deliberately higher, noncompetitive bid or quote than its bid or quote.
3. Not agree with any other potential Contractor or Subcontractor, directly or indirectly, to submit a bid or quote deliberately higher than the bid or quote submitted by any other potential Contractor or Subcontractor.
4. Not seek or obtain, directly or indirectly, from any other potential Contractor or Subcontractor, an agreement not to submit a bid or quote.
5. Not seek to prevent or discourage anyone, through threats or intimidation, implied or direct, from submitting a bid or quote.
6. Not seek or engage in an agreement, directly or indirectly, with any other potential Contractor or Subcontractor, to allocate any contract or subcontract to its firm or any other firm.
7. Not engage in any of the acts or practices commonly known as "Complimentary Bidding" on a contract or subcontract.
8. Not protect the low bidder on an unawarded contract upon rebid of that contract.
9. Not contact, either directly or indirectly, other potential competing Contractors or Subcontractors to determine if that Contractor or Subcontractor is, or is not, going to bid or quote on a contract or subcontract on which you are bidding or quoting. Neither Subcontractors nor material suppliers shall provide to prime Contractors any information relating to their quotes to any other prime Contractor. This Rule does not apply to discussions among participants of joint bids.
(c) A showing of a violation of any of the foregoing Subsections (b)1.-9. shall constitute evidence of unacceptable behavior by a Contractor or Subcontractor and the Prequalification Committee shall be authorized to revoke the certificate of qualification or certification of registration under Rule 672-5-.15. Subsections (b)1.-9. above, shall not be construed to restrict (1) legitimate and lawful joint bids, or (2) the giving or receiving of legitimate quotes to perform subcontract work.

Rule 672-5-.17 Reserved