How To Find Federal Government Contracts

Once you have your plan for providing products and services to the federal government, then next step is to search for contracting opportunities.

There are several different databases, as well as third party providers, that can help you identify government contracts that your company can bid on. We have compiled a list of these websites and services below.

Keep in mind, third party providers vary in cost for the services they provide. On Government Contractors, we provide free information from The Pulse and other sources.

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Where To Find Government Contracts: Databases and Research Tools

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)

Federal business opportunities, known in the industry as FedBizOpps (https://www.fbo.gov), is a portal for businesses to view contracts in many government agencies that are over $25,000. Once on the FedBizOpps website, you can create an account for your business.

There also are ways for you to engage or collaborate with an agency, and participate in events.

Federal Agency Vendor Collaboration

Small Business Events

GSA (General Services Administration

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is possibly one of the most well-known places that connects government buyers with contractors.

However, one of the most common misconceptions for a small business is the idea that if you want to do business with the federal government you need a GSA Schedule, and once you have your products and services listed - business opportunities will flow. Both of these statements are false.

The GSA is a great way to start exploring contracting opportunities, and to learn more about how the government buys what it needs from the private sector. And you will need to get onto the GSA Schedule, or be approved to do business with the U.S. federal government, if you want agencies that use GSA to buy from your company. But it is important to keep in mind that GSA is only one way government agencies buy what they need, and in terms of the federal budget - it is only a fraction of all government acquisitions. In other worse, GSA may or may not be the best place for your business.

Below are some helpful resources:

GSA Events and Seminars

GSA Training Programs

Is GSA Right For Your Business?

GSA Products and Services (Individual offerings based on category)

Forecast of Contracting Opportunities

Subcontracting

GSA Acquisition Gateway. The Acquisition Gateway helps federal government buyers from all agencies act as one acquisition community.

GSA - General Services Administration Seal
Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Administration SubNet

The Small Business Administration Subcontracting Network (SubNet) is resource for small businesses. It helps bridge the gap between businesses seeking small businesses and small business seeking contracting opportunities.

Dynamic Small Business Search

The Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) is a database of small business contractors. Some procurement professionals in the government will use this database to find small business contractors. Prime contractors and SMBs also will use the system to find small businesses to work with on a contract.

In order to have your business appear in the DSBS database, you need to register your company in the System for Award Management (SAM).

USA Gov

USA.gov - Contracting Opportunity Finder (Beta)

USA.gov has a tool that is still being tested called the Contracting Opportunity Finder. This online database searches for opportunities that are currently open or may open soon. There are 4 filters: Keyword, Location, Posted Date, and Special Business Label.

Third Party Providers

There also are several third-party providers - or private companies - that pull data from federal government sources, as well as conduct research and analysis on opportunities.

On GovernmentContractors.co, we have partnered with The Pulse, which publishes opportunities that are pre-solicitation, active, awarded, or cancelled. We also invite others to share insights and information on contracting opportunities.

Below is a list of independent providers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of their data, or the cost and quality of their services:

Federal Contracts

Find Federal Government Contracts

There are a number of different databases you can search in to find federal government contracts. Click here for list of databases to search for federal contracts.

There also are databases where government buyers go to find contractors. That information will be provided as it becomes available.

Find State and Local Government Contracts

Virtually every state and local government has an online system that allows businesses to search for contract opportunities. Not all systems are current, or include all opportunities available. In some cases, local governments only solicit from a group of businesses that they know about.

Click here to see the different state contracting databases (COMING SOON).

Click here to see the different local contracting databases (COMING SOON).

Not all state or local governments are represented. We are in the process of collecting this information, and we will update the website as we gather new sources.


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