Keeping a state’s entire network up-to-date and secure is a daunting task that requires ongoing evaluation and implementation of new solutions across multiple government agencies. To effectively address and prevent the damages that can be caused by a cyber-attack on government-run networks and infrastructure, agencies conduct regular reviews of their existing networks, software and IT equipment, to evaluate where they need to make improvements and develop plans to address any identified issues.
To implement these plans, government agencies issue bids for a wide range of goods and services including IT architecture and infrastructure, office equipment and software development. The majority of these solutions are sourced from private contractors, with the opportunities appearing on government procurement lists.
Searching for the Right Bid
With hundreds of individual states and local government agencies posting their bids independently, finding the right cyber security opportunities in Washington State can be challenging for any vendor.
New bids are generally listed across numerous online procurement portals located on each agencies individual websites. Some agencies take a more old-fashioned approach and publish their opportunities in regional newspapers and other print media, making these bids extremely difficult for beginners to locate on their own. The fragmented nature of public sector bid-publishing in Washington State makes the process of manually searching for relevant opportunities time-consuming and resource-intensive, for both experienced and new bidders.
Finding relevant bids can be the biggest hurdle for any vendor looking for bids in Washington State, but one good place to start your search is with the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, which posts thousands of bids for goods and services across the state every year. Additional sources to keep an eye on include:
- Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services
- Seattle City Purchasing & Contracting
- Seattle Public Schools
- King County Procurement & Payables
As you can see, the process of searching for bids on each of these sites is different; every government site has its own features and quirks. Some allow you to filter your search by keywords, category type or status, while other sites only allow you to scroll through a long list of bids, requiring you to read each one to see if it’s a match for your business.
Keep in mind there is no guarantee that cyber security bids matching your specific interests will always be published by the same source; the process of finding appropriate bids requires searching multiple sources on a regular basis.
Making Sure an Opportunity is Right for You
After identifying a bid opportunity that appears to be a fit for the goods or services you offer, take the time to closely review all the bid details to ensure that you can properly meet the required terms and conditions. You must be certain that you can meet and fulfill all the requirements listed in the bid, because if you win, you enter into a contract with that government agency and will be required to provide the goods and services listed at the price you submitted.
Is There One Place with all the Government Bids?
Although getting involved in government bidding can be challenging, particularly in the case of bids related to cyber security, there are ways to simplify the process. Many businesses find it useful to partner with a bid intelligence company that can help with the process of researching, locating and tracking relevant bids. Bid intelligence companies collect bids that are posted online and in print form from thousands of local, state and federal government agencies and provide them to their members in an easy-to-navigate format.
By becoming a member of a service such as BidNet, vendors get access to all the bids that are relevant to their business, and can access those bids at any time with an easy-to-use interface. BidNet has the staff and resources needed to monitor and track all the bids posted, online and in print, by local, state and federal agencies. By researching, verifying and compiling the hundreds of bids that are posted each day across the country, BidNet is able to provide vendors with the bids they are looking for quickly, easily and reliably.
After setting up their personalized business profile, BidNet members receive daily email alerts highlighting new bids that match the specific products and services they provide, located in the regions and at the level of government where they want to bid. By having bids sent directly to them by bid intelligence companies, vendors avoid one of the most time-consuming parts of the government bidding process.
Time to Start Bidding!
The world of government bidding can sometimes seem overwhelming to even the most experienced vendors. To help your business get started, BidNet offers free personalized demonstration of their services, so you can see how partnering with a bid intelligence company can help to relieve the hassle and stress of hunting for bids and helping you find the most lucrative opportunities.
Kevin McClintock | BidNet.com