2-29 Issue Amendments

Once the RFP has been issued, changes to it are reflected in amendments to the RFP. Amendments to a solicitation incorporate agreed-upon changes that occur as the purchase proceeds. RFPs are amended when changes such as quantity, specifications, delivery schedule, wage determination, date of receipt of proposals, or changes to clarify or correct ambiguities or defects must be made. Based on the complexity of the proposed amendment, the purchase/SCM team will determine whether to proceed with amending the RFP, cancel the RFP and resolicit the requirement, or take other appropriate actions. When RFPs are amended, suppliers must be provided sufficient time to consider the amendment and revise their proposals. If notification of a change must be conveyed by telephone or by some other oral (verbal) means, confirmation by written amendment must follow.

RFPs may also be amended if, during the purchasing process, the contracting officer determines that dissemination of information is necessary to enhance competition or otherwise improve the effectiveness of the purchase. Depending on the nature of the information, it may be released as an amendment to the RFP or as general information provided for the purpose of clarification. The contracting officer must consider the stage of the purchase and the potential for compromising the integrity of the purchasing process before deciding to disclose additional information after the release of the RFP.

When deciding which suppliers are affected by a change, contracting officers should consider the stage of the purchase: