What is FedBizOpps?
FedBizOpps (FBO.gov) is the central website where Federal agencie are required to publish all Federal contract solicitations with a value of at least $25,000.
The purpose of FedBizOpps is to collect, maintain, and disseminate information on Federal procurement solicitations to the public. System information is used to administer and manage Federal buyer access, maintain interested vendor lists, and keep vendors informed of Federal solicitations of business interest.
Government contractors looking to gain market intelligence sometimes use FedBizOpps as a search engine to find thousands of immediate RFP opportunities, as well as archived records. It also lists possible future Federal contract opportunities, including solicitations for GSA Schedules. It can be thought of as the government’s RFP central.
Individuals can choose to register for alerts to find and respond to Federal business opportunities for their products and/or services.
Why Register with FedBizOpps
Even though registration is not required to perform basic searches for opportunities on FedBizOpps, if you are a business interested in contracting with the Federal government you can find solicitations, subcontracting, awards, pre-solicitations, sources sought notices, cancellation notices, and teaming information. There is no fee to register benefits include:
- E-mail Notifications—Sign up for email notifications based on keywords or other criteria you specify, such as agency, PSC and FSC codes, and type of Government contract.
- Monitor pending contracts—Stay on top of impending Federal contracts.
- Watch List—add Federal contract opportunities to your own “watch list” so you are notified of important events.
- Submit an electronic bid
- Access and review information – not made available to unregistered viewers, such as documentation accompanying a solicitation.
FedBizOpps and Marketing
FedBizOpps is most useful for Federal marketers, Federal sales and business development, and those interested in GSA Sales and GSA contracts.
You can look Federal agencies that use the system, see the procuring locations, and view all current opportunities. You can also list your firm as being an interested vendor, so other vendors can contact you about collaborating on a project.
FBO also contains Sources Sought notices, which enables agencies to receive information about qualified vendors for a prospective project, even if the project is not yet ready to be bid. It also contains a listing of all small business events sponsored by various agencies. Read more about using FedBizOpps as a marketing intelligence tool. (link to Blog)
Several training programs are available at the site to teach you the mechanics of using the FBO system. To take advantage of opportunities published on FedBizOpps, you are required to have an active SAM Registration account as well as a DUNS and CAGE number.
Becoming familiar in finding and bidding on contracts can be a journey. Hopefully these items will shorten your adventure.