FedBizOpps, or FBO, is the Federal government's web site that posts all Federal procurement opportunities over opportunities with a value over $25,000. It can be thought of as the governments proposal central, or better yet, RFP central.
FedBizOpps gov (pronounced fed biz opps) can be found at www.fbo.gov or www.fedbizopps.gov, and provides you with a sophisticated search engine for finding more than 40,000 immediate RFP opportunities, as well as archived records. It also lists possible future federal contract opportunities. All GSA Schedule solicitations are also listed on FedBizOps.
Several training programs are available at the site to teach you the mechanics of using the FBO system.
FedBizOpps Registration Benefits
You do not need to register to use FedBizOpps, however, if you do, you can 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.
These search agents help you stay on top of impending federal contracts. You can also add federal contract opportunities to your own "watch list" so you are notified of important events.
FedBizOps is Useful for Marketing
FedBiz is most useful for Federal marketers, federal sales and business development, and those interested in GSA Sales and GSA contracts.
Agency Profiles - You can look at profiles of federal agencies that use the system, see the procuring locations, and view all current opportunities.
Interested Vendor - You can also list your firm as being an interested vendor so that other vendors can contact you about collaborating on a project.
Sources Sought Notices - FBO also contains sources sought notices. This enables agencies to receive information about qualified vendors for a prospective project, even if the the project is not yet ready to go out for bid.
Small Busienss Events - For small businesses, it also contains a listing of all small business events that are sponsored by various agencies.
Searching FedBiz Opps
Vendors can search FedBiz for opportunities based on the following elements:
- Opportunity/Procurement Type
- Posted Date
- Response Deadline
- Last Modified Date
- Contract Award Date
- Place of Performance State
- Place of Performance Zip Code
- Set-aside code (“set-aside” solicitations allow only specified business concerns)
- Classification code
- NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code
- Agency/Office location(s)
- Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action
FBO Search Agents
FBO allows vendors to search for opportunities based on a variety of search metrics. These searches, once created, can be useful tools for recurring use in the system. As such, advanced searches can be saved as “search agents” that can be scheduled for recurring exploration, or executed on an ad hoc basis
There are three ways to create a search agent:
- A user can navigate directly to the “Advanced Search” sub-tab to build a query specifically for the purpose of being a search agent by selecting the “Search and Create Saved Searches” Quicklink on the My FBO page.
- A user can click on the ”Advanced Search” sub-tab within the Opportunities section and save a search for future use that is robust in terms of finding relevant opportunities.
- A user can navigate directly to the list of saved searches by selecting the “View Saved Searched” Quicklink on the My FBO page. From there, the user can click the “Add New Search Agent” button.
Having Trouble Identifying Appropriate Opportunities?
TurboGSA's FedBid Lookout™ supplements your internal business development capabilities to take advantage of opportunities that fall under the Simplified Acquisition Program, Requests for Information, and GSA’s eBuy program. We continuously monitor agencies who are soliciting small businesses in your field.