Rapid Down Selection of Prospective Bidders

Finger on keyboard(January 15, 2005) — The rapid bidder selection process consists of a quick but formal assessment by the government of a small number of relevant qualifications of interested bidders to determine those companies that are most qualified for the contract opportunity.

When government communicates with the vendors the wording is important.  The wording is that the government recommends that a company not bid due to the very low probability of success based on the evaluation of the RFI response.

Rapid Bidder Selection Works

The process takes approximately four weeks from start to finish. The selection process works fundamentally because companies in general have more potential contract opportunities to bid than they have resources to support.


John M. Gilligan was a former Program Executive Officer (PEO) in the United States Air Force.

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