Solicitation Types Used by OHMS
The Office of Engineering and Research is charged with conducting research in support of improving hazardous materials safety. These activities support the objectives of the US DOT, PHMSA's mission-critical needs, and the public safety as a whole.
- Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs): A BAA announces an agency's research interests including criteria for selecting proposals and soliciting the participation of all offerors capable of satisfying the government's needs.
- Requests for Information (RFIs): An RFI is used when a government agency does not presently intend to award a contract, but wants to obtain price, delivery, other market information or capabilities for planning purposes. Responses to these notices are not offers and cannot be accepted by the government to form a binding contract.
- Requests for Proposals (RFPs): An RFP is used in negotiated acquisitions to communicate government requirements to prospective contractors and to solicit proposals.
- Requests for Quotes (RFQs): An RFQ is a solicitation that provides in exacting detail a list or description of all relevant parameters of the requirement. RFQs are best suited to commercial products and services.
Justification and Approvals (J&As) for awards, as well as sole source requirements, are posted on the SAM website at beta.sam.gov.