[Chapter 18 pdf]

Chapter highlights:

Purpose: This chapter provides guidance for conducting requests for information, prequalification of suppliers and receipt of unsolicited proposals.

Key points:

  • A request for information (RFI) is a standard business process to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers.
  • Prequalification is a procedure to qualify products or suppliers and limit consideration of bids or proposals to only those products or suppliers which have been prequalified.
  • An unsolicited proposal is a proposal received that is not in response to any agency or institution-initiated solicitation.


18.1 Requests for information (RFI)
18.2 Prequalification of suppliers or products
18.3 Unsolicited proposals