The Steps in the Acquisition Process for a Negotiated Best Value Source Selection
The first step in acquisition planning is market research. Market research collects and analyzes information about the capabilities within the …show more content…
It is a description of the Source Selection Organization (SSO) and the duties and responsibilities of each component. It includes the issuance of the draft solicitation, conduct of pre-solicitation and/or pre-proposal conferences, etc. Also included in the SSP are: proposed acquisition strategy, including contract type and whether multiple awards are anticipated, proposed evaluation factors and sub-factors (their relative importance and associated standards), proposed evaluation methodology/innovative techniques and the milestones from receipt of the proposal to signing of the contract.
After the Source Selection Organization and Source Selection Plan have been established the solicitation is issued. In negotiated procurement a request for proposal (RFP) is used to solicit proposals from potential offerors. The RFP includes explanation of what the government is buying, the information they must provide and how their proposals will be evaluated. It is important that the consistency between the RFP and related documents are well maintained. It should not request too much information and should not limit the offeror’s flexibility to propose their best solutions. The benefits of sticking with this methodology are increased competition, access to better commercial technology, technical solutions and fewer protests.
The fourth step is evaluating the proposals. Assign relative importance to each