Important Update:

Tempe's distracted driving ordinance updated to primary offense. Mobile devices must be operated in hands-free mode while driving, info here.

Solicitation Opportunities

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The highlighted link will give you access to the Currently Available Solicitations.

 If you experience any problems please contact a Procurement Officer or Specialist for assistance.


Common definitions for solicitations utilized by the City of Tempe

Request for Proposal (RFP)

This is a value based procurement strategy where price is only one factor considered in the award of a contract.  An RFP will contain a set criteria with weighting on which all submitting firms will be scored to derive the best value for the City. 

The RFP may provide detailed information but can leave leeway for the bidder to "fill in the blanks" with industry knowledge enhancing the original request.

Invitation for Bid (IFB)

Primarily used when detailed specifications, product or model are available.  The focus is on the bidder's price with less emphasis on the bidder introducing its own ideas. 

Request for Quotation (RFQ)

A Request for Quotation is a variation of a Request for Proposal and typically provides specific information to the bidder about the procurement.  RFQs are used when spending levels will not require approval by Council.

Request for Information (RFI)

A Request for Information is a proposal requested from a potential seller to determine what products or services are potentially available in the marketplace to meet a buyers needs.  RFIs are commonly used on major procurements where a requirement could potentially be met through several alternate means.  An RFI is not an invitation to bid and is not binding on either the buyer or sellers and may or may not lead to a solicitation.