Purchasing Decision Flowchart
Request for Bids (RFB) is a formal, low-bid process mainly used for purchases over $50,000.
Construction Request for Bids is a formal low-bid process to procure a contractor for approved capital construction and building improvement projects over $50,000.
The informal quote process may be used for simple purchases not to exceed $50,000.
RFA’s may be used when a county agency administers a grant or funding program that requires applications in order to participate in the program, and the county is not a direct recipient of, or directly procuring, goods or services (See County Ordinance 3.25).
Connecting the right funds to the right individuals and organizations can seem daunting. However, Contracts and Procurement is here to help. Below are two documents; an RFA Process Flow Chart and RFA Guidelines, to help you on your way. Also, our office is available to answer any questions, or to point you in the right direction as you develop the best possible RFA for the best possible results.
We recommend the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a great resource to look at RFAs, prior to their release, from the lens of inclusivity and plain language. Please reach out to them via email or visit the Diversity & Inclusion site for additional contact info.