I am curious - are any of you guys bidding/tendering on public procurement? I have to confess that I now absolutely nothing about how it works in the US (nor Canada).
I have never worked as a first-line contractor for any public work, but as a sub-contractor - it is difficult to compete when you are 1-person business with bigger companies.
The reason I am posting now is that I a bit torn - I was just invited (after an EOI round) to participate in the second RFP-round - this is for a UN-type organization. I have been very close to winning two projects of not insignificant size in fall, but both times I (think I) have lost partly due to my proposal not being good enough (due to me not giving 100%) and the other time due to petty technicalities that I missed to include in the proposal.
I have always had the feeling that the chances of winning are extrememly low and it is not worth it to spend too much time/energy on tenders...
What are your thoughts?
- In Sweden there have been times when I have not bid on a certain procurement, but I have requested all the documentation produced - in Sweden all the bids, and the full notes from the decision making body are public information that needs to be made available on request. I find that cool - in Scandinavia we have one of the highest degrees of transparency in the World. I find it pretty cool that one can investigate these, quite interesting to follow the competition
- I actually haven't bid on any EU procurement, maybe I should follow that more closely - but it would have to be some very specific/niche call - with how the currency stands now, any competition on price would be hard to win against all the competent people from countries like Poland and the like.
- I do follow UN procurement and the like, and I have found some interesting bits here and there, but again, it would have to be something very specific to catch my interest - this time one competes against the entire World... For a fascinating listing - read through all the listings in the UN Global Marketplace: anything from snack-bar at a UN office in South-Sudan, to constructing a prison in Afghanistan or a shooting range at the Vienna office... When registereing one has to indicate wheter one has produced any anti-personell mines in the business. No, I don't think so, but I am not sure.