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based interface that seeks to simplify the bidding process. It allows companies to respond online to a solicitation that has been created by SOWComposer rather than having to download a solicitation and develop a bid off-line. RFP-EZ s BidMonitor component then aims to help con- tracting of cers sort through incoming proposals gener- ated via BidMaker. Acquisition and program of cials can see a list of all current statements of work and bids, view the full text of proposals, have an online discussion about proposals that is archived for future reference, and review the prices they or other agencies have previously paid to the bidding companies. However, the system aims to do more than facilitate indi- vidual contracts. RFP-EZ Marketplace allows small com- panies to register for an account, and Portfolio Browser lets agencies view pro les of small businesses that have previously performed work for the government. Pro les will include the rm s location, small-business status, and prices previously paid for a vendor s products and services or estimated pricing if the vendor is new to the federal market. Agencies can use the beta version of RFP-EZ for rela- tively simple, small-value purchases from small business- es; Web design and application development projects, for instance, are already up for bid on the system. Purchases are limited to the $3,000 simpli ed acquisition threshold, and the experiment runs until May 1. Johnson and two other innovation fellows, Jed Wood and Adam Becker, developed RFP-EZ, and the government owns the resulting software. It will cost little to modify the system, which might be necessary as contracting of cers get acquainted with it and make suggestions for improve- ments, Johnson said. Just another tool? Currently, agencies and contractors go to the FedBizOpps website for the latest information on procurements, such as statements of work, notices and procurement updates. It is a central place for agencies to upload and for contractors to download documents related to solicitations. FedBizOpps is an important advancement from the days of the paper-based procurement noti cation system. It has sped up the award process, but it does not simplify how companies track proposals. FedBizOpps also does not allow vendors to create electronic proposals in response to a solicitation. Moreover, FedBizOpps is an enigma to newcomers, Johnson said, adding that it essentially has its own lan- SOWComposer Agencies draft and save statements of work online. BidMaker Small businesses ask questions and bid via a Web-based interface. BidMonitor Agencies view proposals, read discussions and nd prices already paid for similar items. RFP-EZ Marketplace Small businesses create accounts and receive alerts about new solicitations. Portfolio Browser Agencies get detailed pro les of small rms hat have previously worked for the government. RFP-EZ in 5 easy pieces R M S c P A ptw g
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