Government Contracts - A Market Approach

Charles Davis
April 20, 2008 — 880 views  
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INPUT, the authority on government business, announced that it has opened its electronic library containing thousands of federal and state and local contract documents to the public.

"We have over three thousand government contracts and task orders acquired under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) available now with more added every day," said Ashlea Higgs, senior manager, INPUT Network. "Government FOIA offices are overloaded and requests often take several months to complete. By making our library available, we hope to offload some of the volume of requests to FOIA offices and provide immediate access to these documents to citizens and organizations that have a need."

By providing access to government contracts, INPUT expects to help government agencies and contractors make better decisions as it relates to government planning and acquisition. Contractors may get the benefit of understanding the work currently being performed on a contract as a means to better understand the needs of that agency.

Government contractors don't have the luxury of waiting for the government to release an RFP to decide if they should bid," said Higgs. "Having access to an existing contract prior to release of an RFP can help a company decide much earlier whether it has the skills and resources to pursue an upcoming contract."

Charles Davis

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Charles N. Davis is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and the executive director for the National Freedom of Information Coalition, headquartered at the School. Davis' scholarly research focuses on access to governmental information and new media law, including jurisdictional issues, intellectual property and online libel. He has earned a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in furthering freedom of information and the University of Missouri-Columbia Provost's Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching, as well as the Faculty-Alumni Award.