A couple of years back, my agency awarded a contract for three roof replacements to a Hispanic-owned business. They were the lowest responsive and responsible bidder in our invitation to bid (ITB). Our pre-award conference was unique in that, before bringing in the company president, their project superintendent asked me “Is it OK if I translate for my father, since his English is not that good?” I responded that this would be perfectly fine, since my Spanish was probably even ...

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