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FedBizOpps Guidance for Small Businesses June 20, 2012. Dawn Cail Assistant Deputy for Small Business NAVFAC Atlantic. FBO - The Basics.
Assistant Deputy for Small Business
Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps and/or FBO) is the single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet.
Through one portal - FedBizOpps (FBO) - commercial vendors seeking Federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.
NAVFAC publicly posts its contracting opportunities at (FBO) (https://www.fbo.gov/) and/or Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO) (https://www.neco.navy.mil/).
FBO includes all requirements estimated at more than $25,000 and NECO includes all NAVFAC procurements that are required to be posted. NAVFAC requirements are actually posted to NECO first and those with an estimated dollar value greater than $25,000 are then automatically uploaded to FBO.
NECO is the sole location from which NAVFAC procurements estimated less than $25,000 can be obtained.
Basic Contract Number or Procurement Instrument Identification/Identifier (PII) Information is provided to Assist Small Businesses in Identifying What Activity Issued or Awarded a particular project.
DFARS 204.7003 (a) provides information on the elements of a Basic PII number. A Basic PII consists of 13 alpha-numeric characters.
- Positions 1 through 6 identify the department/agency/office by use of their DoDACC/UIC
- Positions 7 and 8 identify the fiscal year the PII number was assigned (the last two digits of the fiscal year)
- Position 9 identifies the type of instrument (i.e., B=Invitation for Bid; C=contract of any type except indefinite delivery; D=Indefinite Delivery contract; R=Request for Proposal; and Q=Request for Quotations).
- Positions 10 through 13 are assigned by the activity using a series of sequential numbers.
The Department of Defense Activity Address Code (DoDAAC) and/or the Unit Identification Code (UIC) is a six position code that uniquely identifies a unit, activity, or organization that has the authority to requisition and/or receive material.
NAVFAC Atlantic and its Echelon IV Commands’ DoDACC/UICs are provided. The Echelon IV Commands issue work to cover their applicable geographic areas.
More information about NAVFAC is available at https://www.navfac.navy.mil.
FBO will generate a listing of all Market Research and Solicitations that the selected Activity has recently posted. Note that you can change the parameters (number of days since actions were posted, Set-Aside Code, Place of Performance, or Type [of Notice]) to narrow or expand your search.
Next Step – Select Solicitation/Review Interested Party Lists
Locate Recovery and Reinvestment Act Opportunities & Awards
On the FBO home page at https://www.fbo.gov/ on the right side of the page, there is a section dedicated to Recovery and Reinvestment Act actions. Although the Recovery Act did include an end date it included a set dollar value of $840B, the majority of which has been obligated.
This and the next several pages include FBO screen shots to demonstrate different searches and results that can be obtained based on the criteria used to perform the searches.
Under the Advanced Search Tab there are a variety of search criteria that can be selected including posted date, a place of performance selection by either state or zip code, the set-aside code used, the type of opportunity/procurement, agency office/location, whether or not the procurement is a Recovery and Reinvestment action, keyword or solicitation number (manual entry), NAICs code, Classification Code, J&A, etc.
For those new to creating searches in FBO, recommend that the searches be as broad as practical (use only 1-2 different criteria) to ensure that opportunities are not missed.
If using SB set-aside type to narrow searches
If looking for opportunities to propose on and not doing market research
Use NAICS codes to help narrow the search results
Due to possible data entry errors or use of incorrect NAICS codes your searches may miss a few opportunities
After determining the search criteria that provides you with the best results for your organization; establish a vendor/citizen account with FBO. Once your FBO account is established you can have your search automatically performed and the results emailed to you at your desired frequency. Create your account from the FBO homepage. The search and create saved search feature uses the same search parameters allowed on the Advanced Search Tab.
Two new features have been recently added to FBO. Small Business Events and Vendor Collaboration.
To find Small Business events of interest, use the button on the FBO homepage or search for the notice type 'special notice' with the keyword phrase "Small Business Events."
If desired, you can refine the results of your "Small Business Events" search by fields such as Federal agency, location, date posted, etc.
The new Small Business Event Listing provides a dynamic "calendar" for allowing small business users to search for business development, matchmaking, and training opportunities by various criteria, including agency, date, location, and small business category.
The Vendor Collaboration feature is a new central location for Agencies seeking vendor input on ideas to publicize information about the pending collaboration opportunity. It is also the central location for vendors whom are interested in providing input to improve federal acquisitions, to find information on collaboration and engagement opportunities.
At a minimum each Vendor Collaboration notice will include:
For questions or additional assistance regarding doing business with NAVFAC Atlantic contact:
Barbara Taylor, Deputy for Small Business
Phone (757) 322-4430
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Cail, Assistant Deputy for Small Business
Phone (757) 322-8308
Email to: email@example.com