New York, NY        NYCEDC seeks a consultant team for resident engineering and related services related to the streetscape improvements on Water Street in Lower Manhattan.

Respond by August 3

 
Harrisburg, GA           This RFP requests project management, IT consulting and QA services, including training and testing - all consistent with the most current industry standards and practices, and DHS and CMS guidelines, standards, and procedures for the DHS's MMIS 202 Platform.  

Respond by August 2

 
Dallas, TX                    Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is seeking bids to provide pre-employment screening services to the DFW Human Resources Department.

Respond by August 1

 
Crystal Lake, IL              McHenry County College requests proposals from companies to finance, design, install, operate and maintain a Solar Photovoltaic System on ground mount location on campus, and to sell the electricity output from said system to the College.

Responses due July 25

 
San Francisco, CA  Bay Area Rapid Transit is seeking bids to provide all mobilization, construction phasing, demolition, excavation, site preparation, traffic control and maintenance during construction, removal of excess material and clean up after construction.

Respond by July 24

 
Crestview, FL                    Okaloosa County is seeking bids for public infrastructure projects for professional engineering services including: engineering studies and design; surveys; construction management; coastal management; environmental studies; solid waste management and wastewater services.

Responses due July 18

 
Harrisburg, PA                This project provides for the resurfacing of the Turnpike eastbound and westbound lanes with Stone Matrix Asphalt material. The project also provides installation of Sonic Nap Alert Pattern, Permanent Preformed Patterned Reflective pavement markings and post mounted signs.

Responses due July 18

 
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Doing Business with Government

 

There is never a better time to do business with the government.  With federal procurement spending sharply rising, why wouldn't you do business with the government?
 
 
Finding a Contract

There are about 80,000 public purchasing authorities in the United States. Many of these authorities post solicitation and bidding opportunities that are spread over thousands of Web sites. As a result, thousands of new government contracting opportunities become available in all industry categories each day, but finding the ones that match your business can be a challenge. Especially due to the time sensitive nature of these opportunities, it is difficult for a business to identify relevant contract opportunities in a timely fashion.

Government Contractors Association is teaming up with Find RFP, the industry leader in Government RFP Finder and Notification services. Find RFP maintains a comprehensive database of government contracting, bids, and RFP's, which is updated twice daily. You might want to take a test drive to see how its daily notification service can save your business time on finding government sales opportunities.
 

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How Government Buys

The government purchases the products or services it needs by two methods: sealed bidding and negotiation.

The first method, sealed bidding, is formal advertising which involves the issuance of an Invitation for Bid (IFB) by a procuring agency. Following receipt and evaluation of the bids, a contract is usually awarded to the lowest priced bidder, determined to be responsive and responsible by the contracting officer.

The second method of competitive proposals is buying by negotiation which involves the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quotations (RFQ), and the negotiation of each element in the proposal. An award is made to the proposer who has the best proposal in terms of both technical content and price.
 

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Securing a Contract

Bids and proposals always should be prepared with utmost care. Contracts awarded on erroneous offers may result in serious financial loss or other difficulty for the bidder.

Before preparing an offer, close study should be made of the specifications to be sure that all requirements can be met. Particular attention should be given to the instructions to bidders and to conditions of purchase, delivery and payment.
 

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Knowing the Basics

Do you know the terminologies used in government contracting?

Award, Bid, Bidders' Conference, Closing Date, Competitive Bidding, Contract, Contract Amendment...
 

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The federal government signs over 11 million contracts a year.
 
 
     
About 95% of federal contracts are awarded to small- and medium-sized business vendors.
 
 
     
On the average, there are 2,000 to 5,000 new government contracting opportunities available each day in all industry categories.
 
 
     
A Small Business Set-Aside Program (SBSA) was developed to help assure that small businesses are awarded a fair proportion of government contracts by reserving certain government purchases exclusively for participation by small business concerns.
 
 
     
Any contract that has an anticipated dollar value between $2,500 and $100,000 in value is reserved for small, small disadvantaged, woman-owned, and small veteran-owned businesses.
 
 
     
The U.S. Government is the largest company in the world. Approximately $1 billion in new opportunities in the services sector of Government contracting were available to bid on by private business each day.
 
 
     
 

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