Evaluation of an RFP from the Homeland Security Department

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Abstract: This paper evaluates a request for proposal (RFP) from Homeland Security Department. It examines the RFP to determine whether it aligns with standard government bid solicitations. The paper also considers the impact of the RFP on competitive pricing. This paper concludes with an examination of how a large firm would file a protest against a smaller firm that acquired the government contract after bidding on the government issued RFP. I. Standards for Government Solicitation A. Background The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation( FDIC) (2013) states, " The format and composition of [solicitation] bid packages is mandated by law. [The bid packages] are typically broken down into several sections identified by an alphanumeric letter." Businesses develop proposals in response to government solicitations. B. Solicited Bid Content According to the FDIC (2013), a government issued request for proposal (RFP) includes the following sections: Section A: Information to Offerors or Quoters Section B: Supplies or Services and Price/Costs Section C: Statement of Work (SOW) Section D: Packages and Marking Section E: Inspection and Acceptance Section F: Deliveries or Performance Section G: Contract Administrative Data Section H: Special Contract Requirements Section I: Contract Clauses/ General Provision Section J: Attachments, Exhibits Section K: Representations/ Certifications and Statements of Offerors Section L: Proposal Preparation

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