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For the following clause in the bid opportunity which states: “Section IV: The Contractor agrees that it has not entered into, nor shall enter into, other contracts, without written approval of the Department, to perform substantially identical work such that the work product contemplated under this contract duplicates the work done or to be done under other contracts.”, can you please provide specifically, what is the objective of that clause and what ODOT is wanting it to accomplish, in reasonable detail, along with some of the concerns that clause is based on? And does this clause only apply to state agencies in Ohio or all government and private agencies globally?

Basically we are wanting to be sure that all parties, state agencies or private agencies, including subcontractors, are not entering into the contract with a conflict of interest. For example, if you are currently conducting research with another party that is very similar to this project or that you are not in contract or associated with an agency or supplier that could be directly related to this research. If you have any further questions please let me know.