Why is it that the only time I see a US Air Force solicitation published on FedBizOpps is when they are looking for sponsorship for social activities?
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There have been some pretty big contracts out there and WHO determines who the RFPs are e-mailed to? For as long as I've been doing contracting in Kuwait (20 years now), this is the "system".
The Army used to have the same system. (They actually had the hard copy 10-page Heavy Lift I RFP on their bulletin board outside Camp Doha.) That type of request for quotes didn't work for them. You don't want the perception of impropriety on million-dollar-plus contracts. The Army has a very strict system and they adhere to it - which is commendable. All their RFPs are listed and published on FedBizOpps. They hold "Contracting with the US Army" seminars. They have handouts. Not "Industry Days" but proper local contracting conferences. (And I've never had a contracting officer from the ARMY contact me at night on my cell phone asking for reduced pricing... just sayin....)
I attended a contracting conference (held by the Army) with an Air Force contracting official on the panel. There was a very passionate American contractor in the crowd asking my same question: "Why doesn't the Air Force publish local solicitations so that we can all take advantage of fair market practices in contracting?" BAM.
I have nothing against the Air Force. I was very tempted to join them back-in-the-day and I wish I had. But dudes - please. Help us all out. E-mailing RFPs to a few vendors isn't helping any of us.