|RFI - Request for Information|
Requests for Information (RFI) are used primarily as a planning tool. The RFI is an optional method that may be used to gather information in order to prepare a complete and accurate solicitation document when a department does not have the necessary information to do so. RFI’s are used to identify industry standards, best practices, potential performance measures, and cost or price structures or to generally ascertain the level of interest of prospective respondents. A preliminary solicitation document which provides an initial description of the program objectives and specifications usually accompanies an RFI for review by potential respondents. Departments may use the information derived from the responses to finalize their solicitation document. Departments are not required to incorporate any or all of the comments or suggestions made by the contractor, but the hope is that the contractor will provide useful information that can be used in the solicitation development process.