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such evidence lies with the bidderclaimant, repeated efforts to obtain such information are neither necessary nor desirable.

(i) Doubtful cases shall not be submitted by the contracting officer directly to the Comptroller General, but shall be submitted as indicated in 314.406-3(g)(3).

315.406 Preparing requests for proposals

(RFP's) and requests for quotations

(RFQ's). 315.406-1 Uniform contract format. 315.406-2 Part -The Schedule. 315.406-3 Part II-Contract clauses. 315.406-5 Part IV-Representations and in

structions. 315.407 Solicitation provisions. 315.408 Issuing solicitations. 315.409 Pre-proposal conferences. 315.410 Amendment of solicitations before

closing date. 315.413 Disclosure and use of information

before award. 315.413-1 Alternate I. 315.413-2 Alternate II. 315.470 Review of RFP. 315.471 Annual submission of representa

tions and certifications.

[49 FR 13978, Apr. 9, 1984, as amended at 50 FR 23126, May 31, 1985; 50 FR 38004, Sept. 19, 1985; 54 FR 24343, June 7, 1989]

314.406-4 Mistakes after award.

Subpart 315.5—Unsolicited Proposals

(c) Authority has been delegated to the Protest Control Officer, Division of Acquisition Policy, OAGM to make administrative determinations in connection with mistakes in bid alleged after award. This authority may not be redelegated.

(d) Each proposed determination shall have the concurrence of the Chief, Business Law Branch, Business and Administrative Law Division, Office of General Counsel.

(2) The data required by FAR 14.406– 4(e)(2) shall be marked "IMMEDIATE ACTION-MISTAKE IN BID" and submitted as prescribed in 314.406-3(g)(3).

315.505 Content of unsolicited proposals. 315.506 Agency procedures. 315.506-1 Receipt and initial review. 315.509 Limited use of data.

Subpart 315.6—Source Selection

[49 FR 13978, Apr. 9, 1984, as amended at 50 FR 23126, May 31, 1985; 50 FR 38004, Sept. 19, 1985; 54 FR 24343, June 7, 1989)

315.602 Applicability. 315.604 Responsibilities. 315.605 Evaluation factors. 315.607 Disclosure of mistakes before award. 315,608 Proposal evaluation. 315.608-70 Technical evaluation plan, 315.608-71 Technical evaluation panel. 315.608–72 Procedures for handling and dis

closing proposals. 315.608–73 Receipt of proposals. 315.608–74 Convening the technical evalua

tion panel. 315.608–75 Rating and ranking of proposals. 315.608–76 Technical evaluation report. 315.608–77 Evaluation of business proposals. 315.609 Competitive range. 315.610 Written or oral discussions. 315.611 Best and final offers. 315.670 Negotiation with the selected

314.407 Award.

314.407-8 Protests against award.

See Subpart 333.1–Protests.

[50 FR 23129, May 31, 1985, and 50 FR 38004, Sept. 19, 1985]




Subpart 315.1-General Requirements for


315.671 Post negotiation contract prepara

tion and award. 315.672 Preparation of negotiation memo


Subpart 315.8—Price Negotiation

Sec. 315.103 Converting from sealed bidding to

negotiation procedures.

Subpart 315.4–Solicitation and Receipt of

Proposals and Quotations

315.804 Cost or pricing data. 315.804–3 Exemptions from or waiver of sub

mission of certified cost or pricing data. 315.805 Proposal analysis. 315.805–5 Field pricing support.

Subpart 315.9-Profit

315.402 General. 315.404 Presolicitation notices and con

ferences. 315.405 Solicitations for information or

planning purposes. 315.405-1 General.

315.900 Scope of subpart. 315.905–70 Structured approach. 315.905–71 Profit factors.

315.905–72 Contractor effort. 315.905–73 Other factors. 315.905–74 Facilities capital cost of money.

315.405 Solicitations for information

or planning purposes.

315.405-1 General.

Subpart 315.10—Preaward, Award, and

Postaward Notifications, Protests, and

The determination approval required by FAR 15.405–1 that a solicitation for information or planning purposes is appropriate shall be made by the chief of the contracting office.

315.1000 General. 315.1003 Debriefing of unsuccessful offerors. 315.1004 Protests against award. 315.1005 Discovery of mistakes.

Subpart 315.70—Requests for Contract

315.7000 Scope of subpart. 315.7001 General. 315.7002 Procedures. 315.7003 Responsibilities. 315.7004 Transmittal. 315.7005 Format and content. 315.7006 Review.

AUTHORITY: 5 U.S.C. 301; 40 U.S.C. 486cc).

SOURCE: 49 FR 13979, Apr. 9, 1984, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart 315.1-General Requirements for Negotiation

315.103 Converting from sealed bid

ding to negotiation procedures. The chief of the contracting office has the authority to make the determination referenced in FAR 15.103.

315.406 Preparing requests for proposals (RFP's) and


for quotations (RFQ’s). (a) The contracting officer is responsible for preparing the RFP with the assistance of the project officer. The purpose of the RFP is to convey information that prospective offerors need to prepare a proposal. The RFP includes the statement of work and the terms, conditions and provisions that will form the basis for the final definitive contract. It specifies all the information that prospective offerors must furnish to permit a meaningful and equitable evaluation of their offers. The RFP must be clear, complete, accurate, and consistent with the requirements of the acquisition so that it provides all who receive it with the same understanding of the requirements. Much of the information in the RFP is either derived directly from the request for contract or is otherwise furnished by the project officer. Therefore, it is important that the project officer develop a meaningful request for contract and supporting documentation during the initial presolicitation phase which will fully satisfy program needs and objectives when included in the RFP (see subpart 315.70).

(b) Careful drafting of the RFP is vital to the proper working of the competitive process. The success of the acquisition depends, in large measure, on how well the work to be performed and the basic ground rules under which the competition will be conducted are described in the RFP. Particular effort must be made to develop a comprehensive and accurate statement of work (see 307.105-3 and FAR 35.007) to prevent ambiguities and to avoid misunderstandings which might otherwise surface at later stages of the acquisition.

(c) Care should be taken to avoid conflicting statements in the RFP. Clear

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technical proposal so that the offeror's understanding of the scope of work may be evaluated.

(h) The project officer should be offered the opportunity to review the finalized RFP before it is printed and released.

315.406-1 Uniform contract format.

The uniform contract format specified in FAR 15.406-1 and Table 15-1 shall be used by all contracting activities of the Department.

[49 FR 13979, Apr. 9, 1984, as amended at 50 FR 23129, May 31, 1985; 50 FR 38004, Sept. 19, 1985)

315.406–2 Part 1-The Schedule.

distinctions must be made as to the contents and purpose of the statement of work, the instructions to offerors, and the evaluation criteria. Briefly:

(1) The statement of work must clearly specify the work to be done by the resultant contractor (or, if it is an R & D acquisition, present a clear statement of the requirements, see FAR part 35);

(2) The general, technical, and business instructions must delineate all the essential information prospective offerors need to know in preparing their proposals (see 315.406-5(b)); and (3) The evaluation

evaluation criteria must clearly indicate the technical, management, personnel, and cost or pricing factors which are to be the major considerations in selecting the successful offeror (see 315.406-5(c)).

(d) The RFP must require that proposals be submitted in two parts-a "Technical Proposal" and a "Business Proposal." Each part is to be separate and complete in itself so that evaluation of one may be accomplished independently of the other.

(e) The technical and business proposal instructions of the RFP must provide all the information deemed essential for proper evaluation of the proposals

that all prospective offerors are aware of all requirements, and so that differences in proposals will reflect each offeror's individual approach to the clear and unambiguous requirements and criteria stated in the RFP.

(f) The RFP must inform prospective offerors of all evaluation criteria and of the relative importance or weight attached to each criterion. Evaluation criteria must be described sufficiently enough in the RFP to inform prospective offerors of the significant matters which should be addressed in the proposals. Only the evaluation criteria set forth in the RFP shall be used in the evaluation of proposals, and the criteria can only be modified by a formal amendment to the RFP.

(g) Generally, the RFP will provide that the technical proposal not contain any reference to cost. However, resource information, such as data concerning labor hours and categories, materials, subcontracts, travel, computer time, etc., must be included in the

(a) Section A, Solicitation/contract form.

(3) Contracting activities are encouraged to use SF 33 for RFPs. In those instances where a contracting activity believes the SF 33 is not appropriate, a transmittal letter may be used. However, it is essential that the transmittal letter contain the pertinent information that must be brought to the attention of prospective offerors, so the information contained in FAR 15.406– 2(a)(3) shall be included in it. The transmittal letter should also contain reference to the solicitation provision Late Submissions, Modifications, and Withdrawals of Proposals or Quotations” and stress the importance of timeliness. The last paragraph of the transmittal letter should provide the name and complete telephone number of a contract specialist who can provide information concerning the solicitation.


[49 FR 13979, Apr. 9, 1984, as amended 54 FR 24343, June 7, 1989]

315.406-3 Part II—Contract clauses.

Section I, Contract clauses.

This section should contain all the pertinent contract clauses applicable to the acquisition, to include those contained in the general provisions, any additions or modifications to the general provisions, and special contract clauses (see part 352-Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses).

315.406-5 Part IV-Representations

and instructions. (a) Section K, Representations, certifications, and other statements of offerors or quoters.

(1) This section shall begin with the following statements and continue with the applicable representations and certifications:

To Be Completed by the Offeror: (The Representations and Certifications must be executed by an individual authorized to bind the offeror.)

The offeror makes the following Representations and Certifications as part of its proposal (check or complete all appropriate boxes or blanks on the following pages). Name of offeror


Signature of authorized individual


Type name of authorized individual

NOTE: The penalty for making false statements in offers is prescribed in 18 U.S.C. 1001.

(2) The contracting officer shall insert in all solicitations the representations and certifications at

(i) FAR 52.203-2, Certificate of Independent Price Determination;

(ii) FAR 52.203-4, Contingent Fee Representation and Agreement;

(iii) FAR 52.204-3, Taxpayer Identification;

(iv) FAR 52.209–5, Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Proposed Debarment, and Other Responsibility Matters;

(v) FAR 52.215-6, Type of Business Organization;

(vi) FAR 52.215–20, Place of Performance;

(vii) FAR 52.219-1, Small Business Concern Representation;

(viii) FAR 52.219-2, Small Disadvantaged Business Concern Representation;

(ix) FAR 52.219–3, Women-Owned Small Business Representation;

(X) FAR 52.222-19, Walsh-Healy Public Contracts Act Representation;

(xi) FAR 52.222-21, Certification of Nonsegregated Facilities;

(xii) FAR 52.222-22, Previous Contracts and Compliance Reports;

(xiii) FAR 52.222–25, Affirmative Action Compliance;

(xiv) FAR 52.223-1, Clean Air and Water Certification;

(xy) FAR 52.223-5, Certification Regarding a Drug-Free Workplace;

(xvi) FAR 52.225-1, Buy American Certification;

(xvii) FAR 52.225-12, Notice of Restrictions on Contracting With Sanctioned Persons;

(xviii) FAR 52.230–2, Cost Accounting Standards Notices and Certification (Nondefense); and

(xix) FAR 15.804 4, Certificate of Current Cost or Pricing Data; and

NOTE: The following paragraph shall be inserted between the title and text of this certificate:

(When a certificate of cost or pricing data is required to be submitted in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 15.804-4, the Contracting Officer will request that the offeror complete, execute, and submit to the Contracting Officer a certification in the format shown in the following Certificate of Current Cost or Pricing Data. The certification shall be submitted only at the time negotiations are concluded. Offerors should complete the certificate set forth below and return it when requested by the Contracting Officer.)

(xx) 352.215–71, Employer's Identification Number.

(b) Section L, Instructions, conditions, and notices to offerors and quoters. This section shall be comprised of the general instructions, technical proposal instructions, and business proposal instructions, as well as pertinent solicitation provisions (see FAR 15.407).

(1) General instructions.

(i) The general instructions provide basic guidance to prospective offerors that informs them of what is required in the preparation and submission of proposals. The general instructions must include the following statements and any instructions pertinent to the individual acquisition and applicable requirements of the OPDIV, agency, or regional office.


The following instructions establish the acceptable minimum requirements for the format and content of proposals:

Your special attention is directed to the requirements for technical and business proposals to be submitted in accordance with these instructions.

Any resultant contract shall include the general provisions applicable to the selected offeror's organization and type of contract awarded. Copies of general provisions may be

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obtained by contacting the contracting officer. Any additional clauses required by public law, executive order, or acquisition regulations, in effect at the time of execution of the proposed contract, will be included.

The proposal must be prepared in two parts: a "Technical Proposal" and a "Business Proposal." Each of the parts shall be separate and complete in itself so that evaluation of one may be accomplished independently of evaluation of the other. The technical proposal must not contain reference to cost; however, resource information, such as data concerning labor hours and categories, materials, subcontracts, etc., must be contained in the technical proposal so that your understanding of the scope of the work may be evaluated. It must disclose your technical approach in sufficient detail to provide a clear and concise presentation that includes, but is not limited to, the requirements of the technical proposal instructions.

The proposal must be signed by an official authorized to bind your organization. (Number) copies of your technical proposal and (number) copies of your business proposal must be submitted to: (Insert complete address indicating where the proposal is to be sent and how it is to be marked. Provide similar information for hand-delivered proposals.)

You may, at your discretion, submit alternate proposals, or proposals which deviate from the requirements; provided, that you also submit a proposal for performance of the work as specified in the statement of work. These proposals may be considered if overall performance would be improved or not compromised, and if they are in the best interest of the Government. Alternate proposals, or deviations from any requirements of this RFP, must be clearly identified.

The Government will evaluate proposals in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in Section M of this request for proposals.

It is understood that your proposal will become part of the official contract file.

The RFP does not commit the Government to pay any cost for the preparation and submission of a proposal. In addition, the Contracting Officer is the only individual who can legally commit the Government to the expenditure of public funds in connection with this proposed acquisition.

Offerors are urged and expected to inspect the site where services are to be performed and to satisfy themselves as to all general and local conditions that may affect the cost of performance of the contract, to the extent such information is reasonably obtainable, In no event will failure to inspect the site constitute grounds for claims by the contractor after the award of a contract.

(iv) If reference material is to be provided for use in preparation of proposals, insert either of the following:

To assist offerors in preparing their proposals, reference material consisting of (insert title or description of publications, specifications, drawings, reports, or other documentation being made available as reference material) will be available for inspection at (insert name and address of building and room number).

Offerors are expected to examine all reference material prior to preparation and submission of their proposals. Failure to do so will be at the offeror's risk; or

To assist offerors in preparing their proposals, reference material consisting of (insert title or description of publications, specifications, drawings, reports, or other documentation being furnished as reference material) is enclosed. Offerors are expected to examine all reference material prior to prep aration and submission of their proposal. Failure to do so will be at the offeror's risk.

(ii) Include either of the following in the General Instructions if prospective offerors are to be informed of the Government's estimate of the level of effort necessary to accomplish the requirement:

(v) If the reference material being provided is to be returned to the Government, include the following statement:

The Government considers the level of effort to perform the resultant contract should take the following staff-hours: (insert a breakdown of the Government's staff-hour

All reference material furnished hereunder shall be returned within (insert number) days after the submission of proposals to (insert name and address of building and room number).

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