A rather surprising notice appeared on the Federal Business Opportunities website:

The Bureau of the Public Debt, on behalf of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) intends to award an order to Municipal Market Advisors for Municipal Bond Research. Municipal Market Advisors is the sole provider of the Municipal Bond Research.

Did the BPD bid this award out in an open process? Well, no not exactly, in fact not at all:

No solicitation package will be issued. This notice of intent to sole source is not a request for competitive quotations; however, the Government will consider responses received no later than 2:00 PM ET on May 17, 2013.

So no other input is wanted by the BPD and if you have something to say you have seven full days to make a peep. And what will this research be used for?