Construction Request for Information (RFI) Fundamentals
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Understand the value and importance of Requests for Information (RFIs).Many federal contractors are overwhelmed with 60-90 pages of form contracts layered with owner/GC contracts to create telephone directory sized mazes, for those of you old enough to remember telephone directories, on a project that you must sign on the last page. This material will show you a useful tool, the Request for Information, which is a common form in the trade and as well as a formal form to gain some help in better understanding problem areas or potential problem areas both before bidding and after award of a contract. This topic discusses better ways to write an RFI and some poor means of how to administer or submit an RFI which can diminish the effectiveness of an RFI.
AuthorsHal A. Emalfarb, Esq., Emalfarb, Swan & Bain
Thomas B. Salzer, Esq.
Know What an RFI Is Compared to Other Construction Oriented Request Forms
What Are the Advantages of an RFI?
The Disadvantages of an RFI
Suggestion to Make an RFI Optimal
Review of Court Decisions Which Call Attention to RFIs
Leveraging RFI and Related Contract Documentation