Request for Proposal (RFP) Process
If you are interested in becoming a PDS service provider, you must submit a proposal to an advertised RFP. While we may request proposals throughout the fiscal year, we generally advertise RFPs for numerous seminars six months prior to the new fiscal year in the December-January time frame.
Each RFP contains various sections:
Section 1 – Introduction
This section gives some background information on the PDS program.
Section 2 – Administrative Information
This section provides information about the issuing officer, procurement timetable, and the policies associated with a legitimate response to an RFP. It is very important service providers review and abide by these policies or their bid proposal may be disqualified.
Section 3 – Service Requirements
This section provides a general description of the seminar announced for bid, which includes the major teaching points or topics that should be addressed in the seminar.
Section 4 – Required Format and Content of Bid Proposal
This section includes instructions on the prescribed format and content of the bid proposal. They are designed to facilitate a uniform review process. Failure to adhere to the proposal format may result in the disqualification of the bid proposal.
Section 5 – Evaluation of Bid Proposals
This section describes the evaluation process that will be used to determine which bid proposal provides the greatest benefits to PDS.
Section 6 – Contract Terms and Conditions
This section provides the length of the contract resulting from the RFP. All contracts will be compliant with the Accountable Government Act.