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Cover letter for Federal Liaison Officer RFP-09.

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

September 2, 2009

Dear Prospective Bidders:

This letter invites prospective bidders to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to staff the Federal Liaison Office for the California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Federal Liaison Officer will staff and administer the Washington, D.C. Federal Liaison Office and perform the duties of a Congressional Liaison, Administrative Liaison, and Liaison to National Organizations. These duties will be performed with oversight from the Deputy Superintendent of the Government Affairs and Charter Development Branch in Sacramento, California.

You can view a copy of the RFP on the CDE Request for Proposals Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r7/fedliaison09rfp.asp. The deadline for submission of the proposal is October14, 2009, by 2 p.m., PDT. It is expected that the contract awarded will commence on January 1, 2010, and will extend through December 31, 2011. At the discretion of the CDE, the contract may be extended for a third year (under the same terms and the same or lower rates). Funding of the proposed contract is contingent upon the appropriation and availability of funds to the CDE.

A maximum of $220,000 for each calendar year has been budgeted by the CDE for this project.

If potential bidders have any questions, please contact Mary Ramirez, Associate Governmental Programs Analyst, Government Affairs and Charter Development Branch, at 916-319-0821 or by e-mail at mramirez@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

GAVIN PAYNE
Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

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