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    Is there a reference explaining the difference between a formal and informal solicitation?


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    I am unable to locate an acquisition reference (no Federal definitions) that defines a formal or an informal solicitation. There are numerous commercial uses of these terms and basically the informal solicitations are Request for Quotes, and the formal solicitations are Invitation for bids or Request for Proposals.

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