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(a) Conditions of use. A request for expressions of interest may be used to:
(1) obtain essential procurement information needed to prepare a subsequent solicitation;
(2) develop a ready source of potential bidders or offerors who can respond within a short time frame to a subsequent solicitation; or
(3) resolve technological or programmatic questions relative to how government requirements can best be supplied.
(b) Evaluation. A request for expressions of interest must contain evaluation factors and an explanation of how the list of bidders or offerors who will be eligible to receive a subsequent solicitation will be determined.
(c) Public notice. As determined by the Director, public notice of the request for expressions of interest must be given a reasonable time prior to the date set for submission of proposals in accordance with regulations.
(d) Qualification and selection committee. A qualification and selection committee must review and evaluate the proposals and recommend a list of bidders or offerors who will be eligible to receive a subsequent solicitation.
(e) Director. The Director must approve, disapprove, or remand a recommendation for the proposed list of bidders or offerors eligible to receive a subsequent solicitation.
(f) Subsequent solicitation. A request for expressions of interest does not directly lead to the award of a contract. Only those bidders or offerors determined to be eligible to receive a subsequent solicitation may participate in the subsequent solicitation. A subsequent solicitation may be accomplished through competitive sealed bids, competitive sealed proposals, or an informal solicitation. Proposals received under a request for expressions of interest may form a basis for justifying a noncompetitive contract award. (1994 L.M.C., ch. 30, § 1.)