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April 27, 2022
2022 RFQ Update
Public Defense Community and Potential Contractors:

Two days ago, we released the RFQ documents for 2022 public defense contracts to the public.  Since then, we have received several questions about this year’s contracting process and how it compares to past contracting cycles.

This new RFQ process is specifically designed to align with the mandates of the legislature.  In the past, the agency solicited contract proposals from potential contractors, in which individualized contract plans were submitted to the agency.  The financial values of contracts were negotiated individually, as were some contract general terms.  This resulted in a public defense system with differing levels of funding and differing rules, depending upon individualized negotiations.  The legislature has made it clear that it wants increased accountability and transparency from the agency, and the changes in process are designed to satisfy this direction from the legislature.

For this RFQ, the agency will not be negotiating contract terms or financial values with potential contractors.  The goal is to have a public defense system in which all contractors are subject to uniform rules, and that they are reimbursed in a planful manner that is transparent, equitable, and responsive to incentives. 

If you have questions about the RFQ, or what a particular contract term means, please send those questions to Contracts Manager Heather Pate at heather.l.pate@opds.state.or.us.  We would like those questions to be in writing, so that we can respond in writing.  We don’t want there to be any confusion about what is planned or intended by contract language, and its our intent to communicate any answer, explanation, or clarification in writing.

We are already compiling some of your questions and some of you have already received written answers.  We will put together a of Frequently Asked Questions and distribute that by the end of the week. 
 
For copy of this memo please click here. You can also locate a copy on the main page of our website, within the Latest News section.

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