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This page allows you to perform a search for specific U.S. Tenders opportunities.  First, you must select the database in which you would like to perform your search:  U.S. Open Opportunities, U.S. Closed Opportunities or U.S. Awards.  By default, U.S. Open Opportunities is selected. 

No matter which database you select, you will be presented three methods by which to perform your search:  a category matrix, a keyword search box, and an Opportunity Matching search button.  Only one method can be used at a time. 

Note:  The Opportunity Matching search button is only available to U.S. Tenders subscribers.

Category Matrix

The category matrix is a table that lists high-level categories and the number of opportunities associated with each category.  For each category, the ‘Today’ column represents opportunities new to the database (Open, Closed or Awards) today, the ‘Last Week’ column represents opportunities new to the database in the last seven days, and the ‘Total’ column represents all of the opportunities currently listed in the database.  The numbers in these three columns are hyperlinks.  If you click on a number, all of the opportunities associated to the number (on which you clicked in the matrix) will be listed.     

Keyword Search Box

The keyword search box is a free-text box in which you can enter one or more words.  At the present time, only four search operators are recognized by the U.S. Tenders search engine:  AND, OR, NOT, and ( ).  Wildcard characters such as the comma, *, ? and % are not supported in the search engine.

AND

AND is the default search operator.  If you do not enter a search operator, the search engine will use AND.  AND searches for words individually, while ensuring that all the words connected by AND are found within the same opportunity abstract.  Ways to search using AND include:

laser printer

laser AND printer

This means you might get search results for laser printers, but you might also get results for inkjet printers or something like the printing of a research report on laser surgery.

The U.S. Tenders search engine currently does not support the operator ADJ, which would allow you to search for the phrase laser printer.

OR

OR searches for words individually.  The words do not all have to be in the same opportunity abstract.  Ways to search using OR include:

black OR blue

NOT

NOT is a binary operator.  This means you cannot simply indicate the words you do not wish to find.  The first word indicated must be found and the second word must not be found within the same opportunity abstract.  Ways to search using NOT include:

printer NOT laser

This means you will get search results for opportunities with the word printer but not with the word laser.

( )

( ) can be used for simple keyword searches, such as:

(laser printer)

(laser AND printer)

(black OR blue)

(printer NOT laser)

However, it is typically used for more complex searches, where a combination of search criteria must be met:

(laser printer) OR inkjet

(laser printer) AND (black OR blue)

(laser NOT inkjet) AND (black OR blue)

Opportunity Matching Search Button (subscribers only)

The Opportunity Matching search button searches for opportunities within your U.S. Tenders subscription, based on the criteria in your U.S. Tenders Opportunity Matching profile.  By default, your U.S. Tenders Opportunity Matching profile has no keywords specified, has all of the categories selected, and has all of the regions within your subscription package selected.

Searchable Fields

It is important to note that not all fields in U.S. Tenders Opportunity Abstracts have been indexed.  This means that not all fields are searchable.  If a keyword is not found in one of the fields specified below, there will be no results for that keyword.  Currently, the following fields are searchable:

Title

Solicitation Number

Category

Region of Delivery

Notice Description

Search Results

Once a search has been performed, you will be presented a list of search results.  Search results for Open Opportunities and for Closed Opportunities will include the number of opportunities found as well as the following information for each opportunity:  Title, ‘jurisdiction icon’, Categories, Delivery Regions, Published Date, and Closing Date.  Organization Name is also displayed if you are a subscriber to U.S. Tenders. 

Search results for Awards include the same information, with the exception of Published Date which is the published date of the award notice rather than that of the opportunity notice. 

Note:  Only Federal award information is currently published on U.S. Tenders and receipt of this information is dependant on the buyer.  

Fields

Description

Number of opportunities found

Above the list of search results, the number of opportunities found and the criteria used to find the opportunities listed.

Title

The title of the opportunity. It is a hyperlink that will take the user to the Opportunity Abstract page.

Jurisdiction Icon

The jurisdiction of the opportunity.  The blue ‘FED’ icon is for Federal.  The yellow ‘S/L’ icon is for State & Local.  The green ‘AM’ icon does not indicate a jurisdiction, but that the opportunity has been amended.

Organization Name

The name of the buying organization.  This information is only available to subscribers of the U.S. Tenders service.

Categories

The categories assigned to the opportunity. One or more categories can be assigned to an opportunity. A maximum of three categories will be displayed. If the opportunity has more than three categories assigned to it, the first three  will be displayed followed by “…”. The complete list of assigned categories is displayed in the Opportunity Abstract.

Delivery Regions

The regions assigned to the opportunity. One or more regions can be assigned to an opportunity. A maximum of three regions will be displayed. If the opportunity has more than three regions assigned to it, the first three will be displayed followed by “…”. The complete list of assigned regions is displayed in the Opportunity Abstract.

Published Date

The published date of the opportunity. 

Note:  For award notices, it is the published date of the award notice.

Closing Date

The closing date of the opportunity.

Published Date Sort Button

A button to sort the list of search results by Published Date. The list will be sorted in ascending or descending order, as indicated by an arrow in the Sort button.

Closing Date Sort Button

A button to sort the list of search results by Closing Date. The list will be sorted in ascending or descending or, as indicated by an arrow in the Sort button.

 

By default, 15 opportunities are listed per page of search results.

By default, if a search for Open Opportunities was performed using the category matrix, the search results will be listed by Published Date.  If a search for Closed Opportunities was performed using the category matrix, the search results will be listed by Closing Date.  If a search for Awards was performed using the category matrix, the search results will be listed by Published Date (of the award notice, not the opportunity notice).

By default, if a search for Open Opportunities, Closed Opportunities, or Awards was performed using the keyword search box or the Opportunity Matching search button, the search results will be listed by relevancy.

Filtering Search Results

To the left of your search results you will notice a menu that lists ‘State & Local’ categories, ‘Federal’ categories, and regions.  This left-hand menu allows you to filter (narrow down) your search results. 

For each of the three filters (State & Local, Federal, and Region), up to five categories/regions will be displayed.  If more than five categories/regions apply to the current search results, a link for “See All State & Local Categories”, “See All Federal Categories”, and/or “See All Regions” will be available.

Adding a Filter

By clicking on a particular category or region, your search results will be narrowed down to that particular category or region.  All other opportunities will be filtered out.  The screen will be refreshed with your new search results and the filter you selected (‘added’) will appear in a grey box, labelled “Selected Filter”, near the top of the left-hand menu. 

Note:  You can add a State & Local filter and a Region filter at the same time.  Alternatively, you can add a Federal filter and a Region filter at the same time.  However, you cannot add a State & Local filter and a Federal filter at the same time, nor can you add multiple State & Local (or Federal) filters and multiple Region filters at the same time.   

If a State & Local filter is added, the Federal filter will disappear from the menu.  If a Federal filter is added, the State & Local filter will disappear from the menu.   

There is only one level of ‘Federal’ categorization.  However, there are two levels of ‘State & Local’ categorization.  Therefore, if you add a State & Local filter, you will be presented a second State & Local filter.   

Removing a Filter

By clicking on the red ‘X’ icon to the left of a selected filter, you can undo (‘remove’) a filter.  Your search results will be expanded to include that particular category or region once again.  The screen will be refreshed with the new search results and the filter you removed will appear below in the left-hand menu.