This site, for now, only contains data on Professional Services contracts. The City anticipates including data on contracts for supplies and equipment, non-professional services, and construction, at a later date. Examples of Professional Services include but are not limited to: social services, information technology consulting, legal services, general consulting services and marketing or communications.
Professional Services contracts are not subject to the lowest, responsible bidder requirements of Section 8-200 of the Home Rule Charter. As such, they do not have to be awarded to the applicant offering the lowest price to the City but can be awarded based upon a number of criteria, including price. Though sometimes referred to as “non-competitively bid” or “non-bid” contracts, Professional Services contracts must utilize some kind of competitive process as specified in Chapter 17-1400 of the Philadelphia Code. Some specific points about Professional Services contracts:
PLEASE NOTE - Contracts listed here are paid for by multiple sources, including state and federal funds, not only the City’s General Fund. The amounts in the graphs below do not represent the amount paid. See the last table for payment amounts.
Review a list of frequently asked questions about Professional Services Contracts here.
The charts and table below summarize professional services contract data for FY 2014, Q3. You can also download the entire data set in CSV format.