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Similar to the submittal manager field in the Project level Submittals tool, the RFI Manager role was introduced to help project teams better manage the RFI process.
Why did Procore add an RFI Manager field?
Prior to the existence of the RFI Manager role in Procore, the person who created an RFI (a.k.a., the creator) could see everything about that RFI. The creator also received email notifications about all updates. Although many external subcontractors and superintendents are responsible for creating RFIs in Procore, many general contractors did not also want external RFI creators to manage the RFI workflow. In Procore, an ‘RFI Manager’ acts as the information gatekeeper between RFI creators and assignees, giving you the ability to limit ‘Standard’ creators from viewing assignee responses until the ‘RFI Manager’ marks and distributes the ‘Official Response.
What is the RFI Manager role?
In Procore, an RFI Manager is the person responsible for overseeing an RFI throughout its lifecycle. This person is the gatekeeper between the RFI's Creator and the Design Team and is responsible for reviewing all Draft RFIs and either (1) providing a response to the RFIs and closing them out or (2) opening the draft RFIs, assigning them a number and then assigning them to the appropriate member of the design team, who then provides a response to the RFI's question.
What is the RFI Manager's workflow?
Once the RFI manager reviews all the Draft RFIs that have been created and assigned in the RFIs tool, they can either:
- Respond to and close the RFI. See How do I submit a response to a 'Draft' RFI when I am the RFI Manager?
- Reassign it to one or more people to collect their responses.
When all of the responses are received, the RFI manager then chooses the 'Official Response'. At that point, the RFI can be closed (or, if a change event is needed, see Create a Change Event). The responsible party can also be notified. Below shows you the typical workflow for an RFI manager.
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Can I designate a default RFI Manager in the RFI tool's configuration settings?
Yes. You can designate a person to act as an RFI Manager using the 'Default RFI Manager' setting in the 'Configure RFI Settings' page of the RFIs tool. This setting is available to users 'Admin' level permission to the RFIs tool. All it requires is a quick configuration step on all of your company's active Procore projects where the RFIs tool is active.
What projects will be affected by the RFI Manager role?
The RFI Manager role affects all active Procore projects in your company's account where the RFIs tool is configured as an active tool.