Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Unsolicited Proposals

An Unsolicited Proposal is a written application for a new or innovative idea submitted to a Federal agency on the initiative of the offeror for the purpose of obtaining a contract with the government, and that is not in response to a Request for Proposals, Broad Agency Announcement, Program Research and Development Announcement, or any other Government-initiated solicitation or program.

Before submitting an unsolicited proposal, please review Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 15.6 and Transportation Acquisition Regulation (TAR) Subpart 1215.6.

*NOTE: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acquisitions are not subject to the FAR. Unsolicited Proposals must be submitted to FAA in accordance with FAA's Acquisition Management System (AMS) Guidance T3.2.2.6.

Once you have reviewed the requirements in the FAR and TAR, and made the determination you have a valid unsolicited proposal, you may submit your proposal to the appropriate U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Operating Administration (OA) Point of Contact:

Operating Administration

Point of Contact

Email Address


Federal Aviation Administration

Daniel Denicuolo

*NOTE: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acquisitions are not subject to the FAR. Unsolicited Proposals must be submitted to FAA in accordance with FAA's Acquisition Management System (AMS) Guidance T3.2.2.6.

Federal Highway Administration

Susan Yenne Mandy Wylie

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Barakat Shakir


Federal Railroad Administration

Isaac Rosier


Federal Transit Administration

Dorian Ridley-Curtis      Stephanie Cooke-Nwadibia


Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway

Chora Young


Maritime Administration

John Desch  Felicia Eberling


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Seth Moody


Office of the Secretary

James Mowery


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Tremayne Terry


Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

Brian Balzarini

Please Note: Due to the significant amount of advertising material submitted to agency inboxes, DOT does not intend to respond to a proposal that does not include all the required content per FAR 15.605 or meet FAR 15.606-1. To assist you in ensuring you have provided the required details, DOT is providing the below checklist you may use when submitting an unsolicited proposal.

Unsolicited Proposal Checklist

  1. Offeror’s Name and Address
  2. Type of Organization (e.g., profit, nonprofit, educational, small business)
  3. Contact Name, Phone Number, and Email Address (i.e., person that can negotiate)
  4. DOT OA Relevant for the Proposal (e.g., FAA, FHWA, FMCSA, etc.)
  5. Names of Other Federal, State or Local Government Entities Receiving the Proposal
  6. Unsolicited Proposal Information:
    1. Title
    2. Description of Product(s) or Services(s)
    3. Period of Performance (Including Base Period and Options)
    4. Place of Performance
    5. Proposed Price or Total Estimated Cost for the Effort
    6. Proposal Validity Period (6-month minimum suggested)
  7. Proposal Includes the Following:
    1. Identification of any proprietary data, organizational conflicts of interest, security clearances, or environmental impacts (if applicable)
    2. Reasonably complete discussion stating objectives of the effort
    3. Method of approach and extent of effort to be employed
    4. Nature and extent of the anticipated results
    5. Manner in which the work will help to support accomplishment of the agency’s mission
    6. Key personnel information who would be involved, including alternates
    7. Brief description of facilities to be used
    8. Type of support needed from the agency (e.g., Government property or personnel resources)
    9. Type of contract preferred (e.g., fixed price, cost plus)
    10. Brief description of the organization, previous experience, relevant past performance
    11. Sufficient detail for proposed price or total estimated cost to allow meaningful evaluation
  8. Name/Signature and Date of Authorized Offeror Representative