FedBizOpps, also known as FBO, is the central clearinghouse for federal government contract opportunities. It's the place where all federal agencies post their requests for information, requests for proposals, and other procurement notices. The federal government is required to post all solicitations with a value over $25,000. Fed Biz Opps is also a great place to research past opportunities that have already been awarded. In most cases, the original solicitation documents are available for download, even for archived records.
The first step to getting started is to register at FedBizOpps. It's easy and free to register, and gives you access to some great features that you wouldn't have without registering. For example, you can subscribe to email notifications for specific opportunities to monitor their updates--this feature is great for staying on top of specific federal opportunities.
In addition to email alerts and monitoring, after you register for FedBizOpps, you'll be able to create and save searches. This will really save you some time as your searches become more complicated and more sophisticated over time.
Benefits of registering
Believe it or not, there are still situations when an opportunity is not on FBO. Depending on the market and the product or service being procured, the federal government may decide to use a contract vehicle or supply schedule for procurement. This means that the RFP (or task order) is released only to a select group of vendors who are already vetted and approved to perform that type of work.