Friday, April 03, 2009

Federal Contracts - Who Got What?

I was asked earlier this week to find out who got a contract for a specific service within a specific Congressional district. Normally, these questions fill me with dread. I've never had a reliable source that kept up-to-date information on awardees of Federal contracts, presented in a fairly easy-to-understand format.

It was very surprising, then, to discover USASpending.gov. Its mission has a tinge of populism about it:

"Have you ever wanted to find more information on government spending? Have you ever wondered where Federal contracting dollars and grant awards go? Or perhaps you would just like to know, as a citizen, what the Government is really doing with your money."

Well, as a matter of fact, earlier this week I was very interested in knowing what the Feds did with a specific contract. So, I navigated the site, and arrived here:

http://www.usaspending.gov/fpds/index.php?reptype=a

Note the left-hand side. It allows you to search for contract awards by a specific company name,
geographic location, Federal agency (or subagency), or a product or service.

If you have a client who is interested in Federal procurement, this can be a handy site to allow them to discover when a contract was recently awarded, and for how much. It doesn't provide any insight as to whether the contract will be up for renewal (for that, go to FedBizOpps.gov), but it does indicate when the current contract expires, and whether any set-asides existed when the contract was put up for bid.

There's a lot to this site, but it's worth a look.

(This site is also one of many Federal procurement-related sites that were summarized by the Mohawk Valley SBDC, which now reside on the NYS SBDC website, here:
http://www.nyssbdc.org/services/procurement/Procurement-federal.pdf)

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