Business Development Reports
Cone of Silence
It is the policy of Miami-Dade County that a "Cone of Silence" be established on all County competitive selection processes including:
- Request for Proposals (RFPs)
- Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)
- Bids for the provision of goods and services
The Cone of Silence prohibits any communication regarding a particular RFP, RFQ or bid solicitation after they have been advertised. This Cone of Silence is designed to protect the professional integrity of the procurement process by shielding it from undue influences prior to the recommendation of contract award.
It establishes a disciplinary and penalty process for those who violate the Cone of Silence.
The Cone of Silence is terminated at the time when the County mayor issues a written recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, or at the time when the issuing department issues its written recommendation to the mayor when the award is within the mayor's delegated authority.
Small Business Development serves as the coordinator for contractor debarment proceedings in accordance with the Miami-Dade County Code.The Contractor Debarment Report lists all contractors that have been debarred from participating on County projects either as a prime or a subcontractor. The report includes the names of the debarred firms and officers, the initiating County department, the grounds for debarment, and the debarment period. Contractors are removed from the report upon the expiration of the debarment period. The report is updated as needed.