Over the past few weeks mortgage consultants have been discussing a potentially lucrative request for proposal issued several months ago that requires outside vendors to aid the Federal Housing Finance Agency in carrying out its Strategic Plan for taking the GSEs to the next stage in their evolution. But according to these consultants, interviewed by Inside The GSEs, the fate of this RFP has gone dark with the agency declining to discuss the contract or anything tied to it. An agency spokeswoman told IGSEs that not all agency RFPs are public. A check by IGSEs found that the regulator/conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted just one RFP last year, a project that requires education and training services for whats called an executive leadership training program. The reason the strategic plan RFP has created some buzz in the industry is that it may involve asking a vendor how it might go about merging Fannie and Freddie. However, a copy of the RFP in question obtained by IGSEs mentions nothing about a merger of the two, and is worded so generally that it might entail just about any duties.