PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING POLICIES:
Lobbyist: Vendors may not engage project managers in any discussion regarding the subject procurement unless the vendor is a registered lobbyist. Further information concerning what constitutes lobbying, who is considered a lobbyist, how and when to register, and what constitutes permissible lobbying can be found at http://lrs.metro.net/helpfiles/lobbyistmanual.pdf.
Blackout Periods: Vendors may not contact the project managers during the “blackout period.” The communication blackout period shall commence when (1) the procurements solicitation documentation is issued and shall continue until staff makes public the recommendation for award; and (2) when a protest on the recommendation or procurement is filed with Metro and continue until the notice of determination is issued by Metro. During the blackout period, all inquiries related to the solicitation must be directed to the CA/Buyer. Contacting the project managers during the blackout period may lead to the vendor’s debarment. More information regarding blackout periods can be found by visiting the following link: http://intranet1.metro.net/ethics/images/codes_ethics_board_2014-07.pdf.
Organizational Conflicts of Interest: In order to avoid an organizational conflict of interest, a vendor may not participate in competition for a Metro procurement if that vendor developed or assisted in developing any part of a specification, requirement, statement of work, invitation for bid and/or request for proposal on that same procurement. More information concerning organizational conflicts of interest can be found at the following link: http://intranet1.metro.net/ethics/images/codes_ethics_contractors_2014-07.pdf
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