The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.




"Cone of silence" means a prohibition on any communication regarding a particular Request for Proposals (RFP), bid, invitation to bid, or other competitive solicitation between:



any person who seeks an award, including a potential vendor or vendorís representative, an employee, partner, director, or officer of a potential vendor, or consultant, lobbyist, or actual or potential subcontractor or sub-consultant of a vendor, or any other individual acting through or on behalf of any person seeking an award; and



any School Board member or the memberís staff, the Superintendent, deputy superintendent and their respective support staff, or any person appointed by the Board to evaluate or recommend selection in the competitive procurement process.



A cone of silence shall be applicable to each RFP, bid, invitation to bid, or other competitive solicitation during the solicitation, review, and Board action of bid proposals as appropriate. At the time of issuance of the solicitation, the Superintendent shall provide public notice of the cone of silence and written notice, including electronic communication, to the Board, District staff and any other person involved in the review, evaluation, recommendation, approval, rejection, or award of the responses as appropriate. The Superintendent shall include in any advertisement and public solicitation for goods and services a statement disclosing the requirements of this section.



For unsolicited public-private partnership proposals, the cone of silence shall be imposed from the time the proposal is received in accordance with Policy 6327, Public-Private Partnerships and Unsolicited Proposals.



The cone of silence shall terminate at the time the item is presented by the Superintendent to the appropriate Board committee immediately prior to the Board meeting at which the Board will award or approve a contract, reject all bids or responses, or take any other action that ends the solicitation and review process.



This rule shall not prohibit any potential vendor or vendorís representative:



from making public representations at duly noticed pre-bid conferences or before duly noticed selection and negotiation committee meetings;



from engaging in contract negotiations during any duly noticed selection and negotiation committee meetings;



from making a public presentation to the Board during any duly noticed public meeting on any topic that is not under the cone of silence and is otherwise permitted under Bylaw 0169.1; or



from communicating in writing with any school district employee who is not serving on the applicable evaluation committee, or the Board Attorneyís office to seek clarification or additional information, subject to the provisions of the applicable RFP, or bid documents.


The potential vendor or vendorís representative shall file a copy of any written communication with the Board clerk who shall make copies available to the public upon request.



The designated procurement official is not prohibited by this rule from initiating contact with a potential vendor or vendorís representative and engaging in subsequent communication related thereto for the purposes of obtaining further clarification regarding a response to an RFP, or competitive solicitation. Such contact shall be in writing and shall be provided to the Board clerk and members of the applicable selection and negotiation committee, including any response.



Any violation of this rule shall be investigated by the Boardís inspector general and shall result in the disqualification of the potential vendor from the competitive solicitation process, rejection of any recommendation for award to the vendor, or the revocation of an award to the vendor as being void, rendering void any previous or prior awards. The potential vendor or vendorís representative determined to have violated this rule, shall be subject to debarment. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, violation of this rule by a School District employee shall subject the employee to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

F.S. 1001.41(1)(2)
F.S. 1001.42(15)(25)
F.S. 1001.43(10)
F.S. 1001.51(14)

Revised 9/9/15
Revised 1/25/17

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