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I can still post an ad on the state's web site and mention my skill at
writing at least one winning state proposal along with my other winning
proposal-esque documents. I can even attach my ad to the state's contract
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> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lt34=csus -dot- edu -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Deborah Kluge
> Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2007 5:03 AM
> To: 'TECHWR-L'
> Subject: Re: Proposal Writing
> >However, IIRC, all proposals submitted become public
> > documents and you could certainly get copies of the
> > losing proposals and contact those firms to offer
> > your services for the next contract.
> >What a brilliant marketing idea!
> It's a good idea, but IMHO, it probably will not work because:
> 1. All proposals submitted do not become public documents. The
> winning proposal is retained; the rest are usually trashed after
> a short period of time. Even a winning proposal may not be a
> public document in the true sense of the phrase. The resultant
> contract between the government and the winning bidder is a
> public document.
> 2. In most cases, if you want to obtain a copy of a proposal, you
> must submit a request via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA -
> for federal agencies) or in accordance with a state or local
> government's Public Information/Public Access regulations. To get
> anywhere with this, you should be as specific as possible as to
> what you are requesting. Asking an agency to send you all the
> losing proposals (if they still actually have them) is unlikely
> to get results. If you can be specific as to which companies'
> proposals you are requesting, you will probably have to pay
> copying costs (and possibly research costs), which can be
> 3. Federal FOIA or state/local public information requests can
> take months or even years for the government to fulfill, if
> fulfilled at all.
> 4. For most solicitations, bidders are provided with an
> opportunity to identify information in their proposals which they
> consider proprietary or confidential, in order to keep the
> government from distributing the proposal to others who may
> request a copy. Many bidders restrict everything except
> information that is publicly available.
> 5. Government agencies are not obligated to give out the names of
> losing bidders; however, you may be able to get this information
> through a FOIA type request.
> Kind Regards,
> Deborah L. Kluge dkluge -at- comcast -dot- net
> Proposal Writing & Government Contracting
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