If you’re thinking of sending an unsolicited proposal to a federal agency, remember these six tips:
- Be sure it’s the right thing to do. An unsolicited proposal is only appropriate when the agency hasn’t already anticipated the need that you think you can meet.
- Don’t just send it strangers.
- Check the federal policy about when contracting officers can consider unsolicited proposals. You’ll find the relevant Federal Acquisition Regulations here.
- Protect your proprietary or sensitive information, as suggested by the FARS.
- Find out if you’re allowed to place limitations on what the recipient may do with the content of your proposal.
- “Unsolicited” doesn’t mean “free form.” Look up any rules your target agency has about unsolicited proposals. You’ll need to play by the rules if you want to be considered.
- Here are instructions for:
- Submitting Unsolicited Proposals to the TSA
- Submitting Unsolicited Proposals to USAID
- Submitting Unsolicited Proposals to USAF Materiel Command
- Submitting Unsolicited Proposals to DOE
- Perform a GOOGLE search: submitting unsolicited proposals to AGENCY NAME
– Judy Bradt, Summit Insight & Mike Lisagor