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 Federal Business Opportunities, or FedBizOpps website.