Unsolicited proposals are
initiated by an organization and sent to a specific federal agency
for consideration. This might be designated "submission
on speculation" unless your network has learned that the
federal agency is looking for projects along the line of the one
you have proposed. Unsolicited proposals should be submitted
as soon as possible after July 1, or in early June, just before
the end of the government's fiscal year.
Request for Proposals
(RFP). Can be seen
advertised in your news papers business daily section. In
some cases, the advertisement lists the qualifications desired in
the bidders and asks for statements of qualifications of those
wishing to be placed on the bidder's list to receive the RFP.
Usually, the agency maintains the bidder's list, requesting annual
updates of the information, and also sends subsequent RFPs to the
bidders. Bidders do not necessarily submit proposals in
response to all RFPs they receive.
Occasionally, a federal agency wants to award a contract to a
particular contractor, despite government regulations that require
work be made available on a competitive basis to the lowest
bidder. This is where the "'sole-source"
designation comes in. This practice is disappearing because some
of the federal agencies that used this procurement technique have
been frequently accused of favoritism. To get around this
charge, some agencies will advertise an RFP in the business daily,
even though they have already determined whom they will award the
Purchase of service contract is
a cost sharing type of procurement in which the private agency
provides 25 percent of the cost, while the federal grants funds
provide 75 percent.
Purchase Orders - Most federal
grants agencies are allowed to purchase services from a private
source, up to a limit of $2,500.00 by issuing a simple purchase
order. These do not require the usual review process
accorded a grant or contract.
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