Prior to establishing a contract, a Request-for-Proposal (RFP) document is developed by public sector organizations to solicit competitive proposals from potential bidders. Public sector organizations (and others) use an RFP when it is necessary to evaluate bidders on the basis of their qualifications, proposed work approach and price, not just the lowest-cost.
A Good Plan is Like a Good Roadmap…“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination, and usually the best way to get there.” (H. Stanley Judd)
The RFP process (and competitive bidding for public sector contracts) is mandatory for almost all Canadian public sector organizations. The need for public transparency, combined with existing legal obligations (i.e. trade agreements, legislation, land claims, case law, etc.), have enshrined competitive bidding and the RFP process within the legal framework of public sector contracting.
In addition to being mandatory, within most public sector organizations responsibility for executing the RFP process is almost always shared between the operational program managers (Project Authorities) and their organization’s procurement specialists (Contract Authorities).
These factors can make the RFP process very difficult and time consuming for public sector officials. Navigating this process without a roadmap can even be hazardous…
RFPSOLUTIONS developed RFPExpert ® RFP Development Services; RFPAdvisor ® RFP Procurement Consulting & Training Deliverables; and RFPFairness ™ RFP Fairness Monitor/Commissioner/Advisory Services to help public sector officials establish their RFP plan, see their final destination and the best way to get there.
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