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Although the bidding and procurement process may vary according to the size of an organization or its charter, and by state and federal regulation, the basics are almost always the same, from the largest federal agency seeking multi-million dollar IT equipment and consulting, to the smallest local school district seeking bids on copy paper. Whether they seek pencils or airplanes, lawn mowing or energy management consulting services, federal, state, and local governments and agencies are the nationís largest customer. And no matter how large or small their budgets, staff size, and visibility, they nearly all depend upon bids and vendors to conduct their business and achieve their mission.

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Federal government contracts and opportunities can be quite large and cover the nation, for example, in areas such as defense. At the same time, they can also be smaller and more localized, such as office supplies and landscaping work at specific federal office buildings or post offices. Typically, GovernmentBids.com processes 4500 items covering 100 product codes and categories from the Federal government and monitored by our team of expert researchers every month.

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At the state and local level, regional and district governments and agencies run the gamut from states, cities, counties, parishes and townships, all the way to water districts, airport authorities, even mosquito control districts. Bids issued by these agencies and governments are mostly sought out by companies targeting regional government business opportunities. At GovernmentBids.com, we research thousands of websites, publications, reports, and other sources daily and publish, on average, 13,500 items, covering 280 product categories and 4500 product codes monthly.

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Popular terms (Glossary)

Contract Award: Occurs when the contracting officer has signed and distributed the contract to, or notified the contractor.

Commerce Business Daily: A Department of Commerce publication used by federal agencies to publish a summary or synopsis of their upcoming procurements to notify interested businesses. Now largely replaced by the Fedbizopps internet site.

RFP - Request for Proposal: A process where an agency or government can seek a specific proposal from vendors. Follows a specifications process and formalized set of standards and procedures. Generally seeks less vendor input than an RFI but more than an RFQ.

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