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.
One project that I found was a new 250 car parking ramp for VA hospital in Des Moines. It is a service disabled veteran owned set aside that will be bid on Dec 5th. The link to job on FBO.gov is https://www.fbo.gov/notices/6e71c09e18daa6e28c54aff6320d2a63