Federal Contract Opportunities
An explanation of Federal Contract Opportunities on GovTribe, and annotated description of related pages
A Federal Contract is an agreement between the federal government and a prime recipient (contractor/vendor) to provide goods and services for a fee, including all types of commitments that obligate the government to an expenditure of appropriated funds and that, except as otherwise authorized, are in writing. In addition to bilateral instruments, contracts include (but are not limited to) awards and notices of awards; job orders or task letters issued under basic ordering agreements; letter contracts; orders, such as purchase orders, under which the contract becomes effective by written acceptance or performance; and bilateral contract modifications. Contracts do not include grants and cooperative agreements covered by 31 U.S.C. 6301, et seq.
In addition, GovTribe mines all award and spending information for all federal contracts, regardless of the procurement process and exceptions listed below. Federal contract award data can be found in the Awards section of the GovTribe main menu:
There are some types of Federal Contract Opportunities that GovTribe is not able to post. These are generally any opportunities that are being bid on limited competition multiple award vehicles. For example, GSA Schedule opportunities cannot be found on GovTribe. This is because the GSA has a private portal available only to GSA Schedule contract holders (GSA eBuy) and specifically disallows companies like GovTribe to mine and re-post that information.
Many GWACs (Governmentwide Acquisition vehicles) or large IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity) contracts also have private portals with similar restrictions. Procurements under the GWACs Alliant II and 8a STARS II are also run through eBuy. The Navy's Seaport-e IDIQ has its own private acquisition portal with similar restrictions on reposting solicitation information.
It is also important to understand that a large number of smaller multiple award IDIQ contracts do not post public solicitations at all. Procurements under IDIQs like Homeland Security's Eagle II are executed by government contracting personnel emailing solicitation documents directly to contract-holders. So it is not possible for GovTribe to acquire and repost those.
To access the Main Federal Contract Opportunities Search Page:
The Federal Contract Opportunities Search Page will be displayed, which allows you to acces and view Federal Contract Opportunities sourced by GovTribe.
Federal Contract Opportunities search page
To access a Federal Contract Opportunity’s Detail Page:
The Federal Contract Opportunities Detail Page will be displayed.
This section displays details related to the Agency, Set Aside, NAICS, PSC and Place of Performance. To view more Opportunities within these Categories, click the respective badge to view more.
This section displays a list of contracts that are similar to the selected contract. Click a Contract Opportunity title to view Details.
This section displays a list of federal agency people who are associated with the contract opportunity. Click the Person's name to view their Profile. Click the By Organization tab to view other People from the Person's Agency.
For Premium and Standard users, Enhanced People Profiles are accessible from Federal Contract Opportunities.
To access Enhanced People Profile's from Opportunity record, underneath People in Government Files, click the expand icon to view People sighted in the File. Sightings indicates the total amount the Person has been seen in Government Files.
Alternatively, access Enhanced People Profile's via the By Organization tab.
Click the Expand icon to view People from the Vendor. Click the View Person link to view the Enhanced Profile.
This section displays a list of Files associated with the contract opportunity. Click the File name to view. Click More to view all files and the Cloud icon to export.
Users can view updates made to the contract opportunity via the Activity tab. Information presented is the added External Files, Amendment revision and Changed Due Date.
Premium and Standard users can access Vendor profiles who are likely to bid on the contract opportunity via the Likely Bidders tab. Click the Vendor name to view their profile.