FedBizOpps, also known as FBO, is the central clearinghouse for federal gov contract opportunities. It's the place where all federal agencies post their requests for information, request for proposal 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 otherwise 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 opportunity.
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.
In our previous post, we reported on objective data and provided insights from those companies who both succeeded and struggled after graduation. In this post, we examine the best practices and lessons learned from contractors who have navigated the struggles of life after 8(a) graduation.
written by Jim Sherwood, published 06/10/2020
When it comes to 8(a) graduations, the numbers tell the story. For the majority of companies, the years following graduation rarely lead to continued success. Instead, reality tends to be a sudden, sustained, and dramatic loss of revenues.
written by Jim Sherwood, published 06/01/2020
The clock is ticking, that 8(a) exit date is fast approaching, and soon, you'll be cast into an unfamiliar and challenging environment. Once outside of your protected status you’ll be facing competitors with mature processes, experienced in operating in the wilds of unrestricted competition. Are you ready for graduation?
There’s a lot of news going around about the coronavirus COVID-19. We’d like to add some clarity, rooted in the numbers (see data appendix), on what the government is doing during this acute phase of the pandemic and its impact on the Federal contracting community.