Which date should be entered on the FPDS-NG Solicitation Date field on the CAR; the original solicitation date or the date it was re-solicited?
In FPDS-NG User Manual V1.5, deployed October 2018 paragraph 4.2.3 SOLICITATION DATE. This requirement is for DoD only. The “Solicitation Date” is the date that the solicitation was issued.
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FAR 15.206—Amending the Solicitation addresses amendments to the solicitation. FAR 15.206(a) specifies that “When, either before or after receipt of proposals, the government changes its requirements or terms and conditions, the contracting officer shall amend the solicitation.” An amendment makes changes to the existing solicitation while the action retains the original Procurement Instrument Identifier (PIID).
In the event that changes to the solicitation are substantial then the course of action would be to cancel the solicitation and issue a new one. FAR 15.206(e) “If, in the judgment of the contracting officer, based on market research or otherwise, an amendment proposed for issuance after offers have been received is so substantial as to exceed what prospective offerors reasonably could have anticipated, so that additional sources likely would have submitted offers had the substance of the amendment been known to them, the contracting officer shall cancel the original solicitation and issue a new one, regardless of the stage of the acquisition.” This action will result in a new PIID for the action.
Conclusion: The date entered into FPDS-NG for the solicitation date would be based on the action taken by the Contracting Officer. If the solicitation was amended with the original PIID, then the original solicitation date should be used. If the Contracting Officer cancelled the original solicitation and issued a new action with a new PIID, than the new date should be used.
Note: Follow the instructions contained in the FPDS-NG Government User’s Manual and consult with your focal point in your activity or your agency for further guidance.