Government of Canada consultation on new competitive process for public relations

Parliament Hill Cam February 15, 2007The Federal Government has just invited industry comment on a new standard Draft Request for Standing Offer that would be used to select firms to provide PR services to departments and agencies.

The Standing Offer system allows the government to pre-qualify firms as suppliers through a competitive process. Firms then may be contracted for specific services by the departments and agencies for which they have been pre-qualified.

We all benefit from a fair and effective selection process. The current Request for Industry Comment provides us with an all-too-rare opportunity to suggest improvements to this process.

If you run a public relations consultancy that has competed for government business in the past, we’d like to hear your views on the government’s proposal. Download and review the Draft Request for Standing Offer and then post your suggestions in the comments section of this post.