Federal agencies are required to advertise all opportunities over $25,000 on a website called FedBizOpps.gov or FBO.gov. This site has been running since 2001 and I have used it to search for construction contracting and engineering work over the years. While the site is still a little hard to navigate I do think it has gotten better over the years. I couple of things that have helped me:
Use "Watched Opportunities" to save projects. Federal jobs change project IDs and can be shelved for years. Watched opportunities will help you find the project at a later date.
The site also has a search agent function that you can set up. Put in the parameters of your search - type of work, location, agency, FBO.gov will search and send you an email if it finds a match.
FBO.gov will ask you to change change your password every 3 months. Do it when you see the email notice.
Iowa DBE contractors should be aware of the possibility that they may be contacted by an entity by the name of Minority Success Network from Torrance California. They will claim they can help maintain your DBE certification in Iowa. This is a scam. They can not help you. They will call you back later and demand $900 payment for publishing your company name in their online magazine. Looking at the magazine they mostly target high schools and school districts.
This is terrible. We have a hard enough time convincing owners that minority and women contracting should be taken seriously without this undermining that effort.
The Construction Management and Technology (CMAT) Program at Iowa State University has developed two opportunities for Iowa DOT DBE Contractors. On Friday May 19th there will be a training day on construction estimating to be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Institute for Transportation in Ames, IA. I would encourage all DBE Contractors to attend. Click here for more information and to register.
Also CMAT has developed a program to assist DBE firms create a logo and associated graphics for their company. Design students from Iowa State University would be teamed up with DBE companies to design a logo for their company. A logo will help identify a company to the rest of the industry and public whether it is on letterhead, quotes, pickup trucks or emails. This service is free to Iowa DBE firms.
This is just one of the programs to be offered by CMAT to assist Iowa DOT DBE contractors. Program director is: