Is the subject matter expert developing the evaluation criteria and approving the evaluation reports as a member of PDAC?
The PDAC does not approve evaluation reports or recommendations for awards. PDAC is a procedural safeguard set up to review and ensure that the evaluation committee followed the established procedures outlined in the public body’s approved Handbooks and Guidelines as well as the solicitation documents. Following the review, the PDAC will make a recommendation to the Accounting Officer, who is responsible for approval. To ensure that there is adequate separation of duties the subject matter expert elected by the public body to sit on the PDAC should be different from the subject matter expert sitting on the evaluation committee and who would have assisted in the development of the evaluation criteria.