Good evening Great DAU Team,
Is each SSEB member required to review all of the proposals? Can the proposals be split between panel members to expedite reviews? we expect to receive over 25 proposals on. Rather than having each evaluator review all 25+ proposals, can each evaluator review a handful of proposals? Thank you.
This response is based on the information provided. We suggest you discuss with your contracting team, program manager and/or legal department as appropriate.
The proper evaluation process is for all evaluators to read all proposals submitted. If a proposal does not meet the material requirements of the solicitation as reviewed by the contracting team, it can be set aside as non-responsive. Once the SSEB Team has completed the first read-through of all responsive proposals, they SSEB Team can recommend to the Source Selection Authority to limit the competitive range to those most likely to have a chance to win. This cannot be a pre-determined number of proposals. Your ability to do this is identified in your solicitation when you inserted FAR 52.215-1.
"(f) Contract award.
.... (4) The Government intends to evaluate proposals and award a contract without discussions with offerors (except clarifications as described in FAR 15.306(a)). Therefore, the offeror’s initial proposal should contain the offeror’s best terms from a cost or price and technical standpoint. The Government reserves the right to conduct discussions if the Contracting Officer later determines them to be necessary. If the Contracting Officer determines that the number of proposals that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the Contracting Officer may limit the number of proposals in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated proposals."