How do I find out what the Federal Government is buying?

It is important to conduct serious market research before deciding to invest resources into doing business with the Federal Government. Below, is a list websites and resources which can help you get started finding what the government is currently buying..

  1. FedBizOpps (FBO) is a web-based portal which allows vendors to review Federal Procurement Opportunities over $25,000. FedBizOpps can be used to search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.
  2. Contact your Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for assistance. Most states have an office – contact the office in your state or region. Their staff will be able to help you research your product or service and make some recommendation on potential and direction.
    In addition, the Wisconsin Procurement Institute has a FREE Bid Match service where our system searches a number of Federal, State and Local procurement databases. Based on the custom search criteria that we enter for your company, you will receive daily bid notifications in your inbox. Contact our offices at 414-270-3600 for assistance.
  3. USAspending.gov was first launched in December 2007 to fulfill the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) requirements. Prime award information shown on the website is provided by Federal Agencies through four main source systems (see Sources of Data). USAspending.gov receives and displays data pertaining to obligations (amounts awarded for federally sponsored projects during a given budget period), not outlays or expenditures (actual cash disbursements made against each project). USAspending.gov has been recently updated in October 2010 to display of first-tier sub-award data (subcontracts and sub-grants). Data can be searched by a series of variables and downloaded for analysis and review.
  4. The Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) is the single authoritative repository for federal procurement award data. It is a free system but requires a registration with password. FPDS provides a variety of standard reports as well as allows for custom data searches and report creation.
  5. The General Services Administration (GSA) hosts an online mall called GSA Advantage! GSA Advantage!® is the online shopping and ordering system that provides access to thousands of contractors and millions of supplies (products) and services. Anyone may browse on GSA Advantage!® to view and compare the variety of products and services offered. GSA also has the Schedule Sales Query (SSQ) that enables you access sales, information for Federal Supply Schedule contractors.
  6. FedBid is the fully-managed online marketplace proven to optimize how governments, businesses and educational institutions buy the goods and services they need to keep their organizations running. FedBid utilizes reverse auction bidding style and is becoming more prevalent in Federal procurements.