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Chapter 24 - Requests for Proposals and Competitive Negotiations

24.3 Pre-RFP activities

24.3.4 Determination to utilize a request for information (RFI) or request for qualifications (RFQ) prior to the RFP

There may be instances when many unknowns exist regarding the project—the types of solutions or software available in the market, industry data, market pricing or critical information and so forth. Likewise, there may be desired solutions or software for the project for which suppliers that can provide such needs cannot be located. In these cases, it may be in the project’s best interest to issue an RFI or RFQ as a preliminary data gathering step, rather than beginning with RFP issuance. Read Chapter 18, “Requests for Information”, Prequalification of Suppliers, Unsolicited Proposals, for more instruction on this preliminary procurement method.

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