Public Spend Forum: calling all suppliers; the Uniform Contract Format and other stories
Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public buying everywhere. GovShop is its free-to-use global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Read more from PSF and GovShop founder Raj Sharma here: Working towards a more open and accessible public sector marketplace – for suppliers and buyers.
This week’s latest from PSF:
Introducing the My GovShop Dashboard
GovShop has introduced a free-to-use dashboard, the newest product feature from GovShop.com. It was designed to help further reduce the barriers to entry for suppliers into the government sector by helping businesses discover, follow and monitor government opportunities across federal, state and local agencies. If you are a user of GovShop’s machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to help you find suppliers or government buyers, then the My GovShop Dashboard will become your personalized opportunity curation engine. It continuously monitors government opportunities in the market to find the most relevant opportunities for your organization to save time, money and resource. Once you are logged in to GovShop.com as a registered supplier you will be redirected to the My GovShop Dashboard where you can start to populate your dashboard with keywords and locations to receive suggested and matched opportunities. Watch the video here to understand more.
How to bid on government contracts: The Uniform Contract Format
“Amid the head-spinning diversity of government solicitations you’ll experience in your contracting journey, the uniform contract format (UCF) sits as a beacon of consistency and clarity,” writes Frank McNally of Public Spend Forum. He studies each section of UCF in this article because he believes they are fundamental to government contracting, and there’s a good chance you’ll come across UCF-based contracts in your search for government opportunities. Here he aims to help us learn more about reviewing government bids to help us on our journey to winning contracts.
He covers in-depth:
- What is the Uniform Contract Format?
- The Schedule
- Supplies or services and prices/costs
- Description/specifications/statement of work
- Packaging, inspection & performance
- Administration & special requirements
- Contract clauses
- List of documents, exhibits and other attachments
- Representations and instructions
- Instructions to offerors & evaluation method
Learn more on UCF here.
And in other news …
GovShop training and demo for members
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