An evaluation methodology that first assesses technical compliance in one of two ways:
- By comparing each proposal’s technical offering against mandatory technical criteria in a “meets/doesn’t meet” binary assessment
- By comparing each proposal’s technical score against a specified minimum score that must be achieved (a hurdle or threshold score)
The second step is to award the contract to the compliant bid with the lowest price. The default in government contracting.
By contrast, see best value.