Authorized Agency and Provider Communications
(1)Research Phase. Authorized Agencies are encouraged to conduct research with Providers who can meet the State’s needs. This research includes but is not limited to: meetings, industry presentations, and demonstrations with any Providers that, in the Agency’s discretion, may be able to meet an Agency’s need. Authorized Agencies must document the items discussed during the research phase of Solicitation development. The research phase ends the day of a Solicitation release or request for a Quote according to an Intermediate Procurement, unless the Solicitation or Intermediate Procurement provides for a different process that permits on-going research.
(2)Solicitation and Contracting Phase. Any communication between an Authorized Agency and Providers regarding a Solicitation, that occurs after the Solicitation release or request for a Quote and before the Award of a Contract, must only be made within the context of the Solicitation Document or Intermediate Procurement requirements (Communication). This Communication may allow for Discussions, Negotiations, Addenda, Providers’ questions, and the Agency’s answers to Providers’ questions about terms and conditions, Specifications, Amendments, or related matters. During this phase, telephone conversations and meetings must be documented in the Procurement File. Written inquiries regarding the Solicitation should be responded to by the Authorized Agency in Writing. A record of all material Communications regarding the Solicitation by interested Providers must be made a part of the Procurement File according to OAR 125-246-0556 (Procurement Files).
Rule 125-246-0635 — Authorized Agency and Provider Communications,