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Are the rules for solicitation questions and answers spelled out anywhere in the FAR or elsewhere?  My search did not find them.

I'm thinking of situations where the solicitation has a date to submit questions by, but that date is now in the past, and

(a) I have a new question, or

(b) the Q&A are published and the answers open more questions, or

(c) the Q&A are published, but the answer provided does not answer the question that was asked.

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lotus,

There are no rules.

A prospective offeror may ask a question about a solicitation at any time.  However, the contracting officer is not required to answer any question.

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ji is essentially correct.  However, a contracting officer who does not answer a question seeking clarification of a solicitation runs the risk of having a successful constructive change claim asserted by the contractor.

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Or the risk of a pre-award protest. Contractors have to protest “alleged improprieties in a solicitation that are apparent prior to the closing time for receipt to proposals" before the proposal due date - so if a contracting officer will not clarify an RFP, contractors have a strong incentive to protest.

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I agree with all three post above "lotus." I would suggest (as it has worked well for me) that you establish a date for the Q&A to posted, via an amendment, and also establish a date for all questions to be submitted.

I would also stat in that amendment that, "I will take and answer questions on an individual basis hereafter, as long as they are submitted electronically and not already answered in the solicitation."

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13 minutes ago, Constricting Officer said:

I would also stat in that amendment that, "I will take and answer questions on an individual basis hereafter, as long as they are submitted electronically and not already answered in the solicitation."

What do you mean by "will take and answer" and "an individual basis"?

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Matthew Fleharty:

It means after I have posted the Q&A to FBO, via amendment, I will not do so again.

I will answer questions after that point, if received and applicable, but only to the entity who ask.

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12 minutes ago, Constricting Officer said:

Matthew Fleharty:

It means after I have posted the Q&A to FBO, via amendment, I will not do so again.

I will answer questions after that point, if received and applicable, but only to the entity who ask.

In that case, why wouldn't a prospective offeror simply wait to ask questions until after your deadline passes so that they are the only ones with that information?

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I require the deadline for questions to be submitted and the date I will post the Q&A to FBO, in the Solicitation.

Not until posting that amendment do I make that statement on the SF 30.

To this point it has worked well and I have received little to no additional questions.

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4 minutes ago, Constricting Officer said:

To this point it has worked well and I have received little to no additional questions.

Famous last words: "To this point it has worked well..."

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3 hours ago, Constricting Officer said:

I will answer questions after that point, if received and applicable, but only to the entity who ask.

Dumb. If you answer a question for anybody, best practice is to provide the answer to everybody.

But a person has to do what a person thinks is right. 

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