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Unsolicited Proposals

What is an unsolicited proposal?

An unsolicited proposal is a valuable means by which unique or innovative ideas, concepts, methods, or approaches, which have been originated or developed outside of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), can be made available to CBP for use in the accomplishment of CBP missions. The proposal must be prepared without Government supervision or direct involvement.

Capability statements, advertising material, commercial item offers, contributions, and/or correspondence on technical issues are not unsolicited proposals. An unsolicited proposal is a written proposal submitted to an agency and that is not in response to a Request for Proposals, Broad Agency Announcements, Small Business Innovation Research topics, Small Business Technology Transfer Research topics, Program Research and Development Announcements, or any other Government initiated solicitation program.

A valid unsolicited proposal must fulfill all of the requirements set forth by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 15.603(c).

What are the contents of an unsolicited proposal?

Vendors interested in submitting an unsolicited proposal to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection should include the contents of an unsolicited proposal as required by the FAR Subpart 15.605.

Please be advised that clarity and completeness of the unsolicited proposal is of primary importance.

What constitutes an unacceptable unsolicited proposal?

An unsolicited proposal will not be accepted and receive no further consideration when it:

  • Does not demonstrate an innovative and unique method, approach, or concept, or is otherwise not deemed a meritorious proposal;
  • Does not relate to the activity’s mission or
  • Closely resembles a pending competitive acquisition.

Who is responsible for processing unsolicited proposals?

CBP, Office of Administration, Procurement Directorate is responsible for the processing of all unsolicited proposals.

Where do I send an unsolicited proposal?
Vendors with proposals meeting the guidelines in FAR 15.603 and 15.605 should submit a hard copy of the unsolicited proposal to:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of Administration

ATTN: Procurement Directorate
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
National Place, Suite 1310
Washington, DC 20229  

Also vendors may send their unsolicited proposal by e-mail to  or for additional information on submitting unsolicited proposals to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Last modified: 
November 29, 2018