FedBizOpps, or FBO, is home to many useful tools that contractors have at their disposal. Here, contractors can access more than 28,000 RFQ opportunities, as well as complete information on all GSA schedule solicitations. This list also include possible future opportunities that contractors can get a head start on.
Searching the database efficiently can be beneficial to contractors and marketers who follow GSA sales and contracts. Knowing how to properly save and read search results will increase productivity and procurement of sales with the federal government.
Fedbiz is helpful in allowing contractors to search for relevant opportunities based on the following criteria:
- Posted Date
- Can range from opportunities posted today to the previous year.
- Set-Aside Codes
- Small Business, HUBZone, Woman-owned, etc.
- Place of Performance
- Type of Opportunity/Procurement
- Presolicitation, Sources Sought, Award Notice, Sale of Surplus Property, etc.
- Types of Opportunities are explained in detail below.
- Keyword/Solicitation #
- Search by a specific word to find relevant Opportunity Names or for a solicitation to a specific GSA schedule.
- Agency Name
- The types of federal buyers to include: The Department of the Navy, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Marine Corps, etc.
Access these additional search functions by visiting FBO’s advanced search form.
- Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action
- Identify notices that are Recovery-act funded.
- NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) Code
- Search by specific awarded NAICS code categories from posts relating from NAICS #111 – Crop Production to #928120 – International Affairs.
- Classification Code
- Like the NAICS code, this allows searchers to find a broader range of categories being requested from sellers, such as “weapons”, “tractors”, or “Medical, dental & veterinary equipment & supplies”.
- J&A Statutory Authority
- These are specific attributes relating to the J&A posting type, where buyers post their justifications for not providing full and open competition for all sellers. These are only available to specific vendors.
- Fair Opportunity / Limited Sources Justification Authority
- These are specific attributes for the Fair Opportunity posting type, posted by contractors justifying why they did not provide open competition after an award is made. Also only applicable to a few vendors.
How to Identifying the types of searchable Opportunities on FedBizOpps
- These can be a “special notice”, Request for Information (RFI), or a preview to an unreleased solicitation/opportunity.
- Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
- These posts are from Federal agencies requesting quotes and proposals from contractors regarding products and/or services.
- Sources Sought
- Procurement opportunities that are intended for small businesses with different socio-economic classifications.
- These are changes or cancellations to a solicitation.
- Sale of Surplus Property
- This is where agencies want to sell, not buy, a surplus of materials such as scrap metal or office paper.
- Special Notice
- A notification regarding a certain opportunity, but could sometimes be a request for quote (RFQ).
- Foreign Government Standard
- These do not typically apply for most contractors. This opportunity is for the support of Foreign Military Sales.
- Award Notice
- These are newly awarded contracts for viewing.
- Justification and Approval (J&A)
- Again, does not typically apply to most. Posted by Buyers in response to not providing all sellers an equal opportunity.
- Intent to Bundle Requirements (DoD-Funded)
- Also does not typically apply for most contractors. Only used by the DoD for contract bundling procedure.
- Fair Opportunity/Limited Sources Justification
- These posts are where contractors post their justifications on FBO whenever they make a delivery/task order award under a multiple-award IDV and do not provide for fair opportunity.
FedBizOpps search results are labeled by:
- Opportunity Name
- This also includes solicitation number and/or schedule number if applicable.
- Type and set-aside
- The Opportunity type; such as Sources Sought, Special Notices, Awards, Solicitation, etc.
- Post Date
- Sorting by post-date will get you access to the latest opportunities.
After a search is made, if you are a registered user, it can be saved in order to quickly access up-to-date information at a later time. A listing of your saved searches can be accessed on the “My FBO” Page.
Registering on FedBiz can provide other benefits as well, including access to a watch list of specific opportunities you have flagged or to monitor pending contracts.
If you would like more information, we e have also published a blog that talks about how to use FedBizOpps for Grow your Government market intelligence.
Senior Consultant with Coley GCS, LLC, a Government Contracts Consulting, Coaching and Training company. Published author and certified FedMap Coach with over 35 years’ experience working with Federal agencies and contractors.