Already a member? Click here to sign in.


Real-time government bid and contract database.

Sign In



BidPrime Research Blog

Bill Culhane
Friday, April 29 2016

'The Big Bid Theory' - Grateful Dead, Great Lakes Biomimicry, Life is Great, but Clowns Aren't

Carol Thaler and Christine Hockman, from Great Lakes Biomimicry, our very first guests of season 2, join us to talk about the creativity that is biomimicry. Heck, even President Obama plans on leveraging biomimicry for his library. We all know by now that governments are leveraging the power of biomimicry. Interesting stuff.

Jim knows all about Mount Vernon, New York, the Grateful Dead, Phish, and the fact that Mount Vernon is looking for clowns for their schools. Yep, listen...

Click on image to listen.

Note: For more information re Great Lakes Biomimicry, and the fundraiser they mention, visit their website.

So you don't miss a single interview or #crazybids, have you started following TBBT on iHeart, iTunes, Spreaker, and/or SoundCloud?

On Twitter, @thebigbidtheory.

For more about 'The Big Bid Theory', or government purchasing info on your industry, 888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Jim Ward
Thursday, April 28 2016

Mosquito Control, Zika Virus, Governments Act

With the rise in temperatures, it means mosquitoes will return in force to annoy, ruin outdoors activities, and potentially worse. Although the Zika virus isn't new, first reported in 1947, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories. Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas." Read the full report on the CDC's website.

Key Facts from the World Health Organization:

  • Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis.
  • Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days.
  • The disease has similar clinical signs to dengue, and may be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common.
  • There is no cure for Zika virus disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.
  • Prevention and control relies on reducing the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes and minimizing contact between mosquito vectors and people by using barriers (such as repellents, insect screens), reducing water-filled habitats supporting mosquito larvae in and close to dwellings, and reducing the adult mosquito populations around at-risk communities.

Governments, throughout the United States and Canada, are taking action on mosquito control and solutions and services to combat the zika virus. One example, from a press release issued just yesterday, Virginia's Governor Terry McAuliffe, "With mosquito season upon us, prevention is the key to combating the threat of Zika virus,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Citizens across Virginia have the power to stop the spread of Zika whether they are at home, in their neighborhoods, or even when traveling abroad. We need everyone’s help to cut down mosquito populations and avoid mosquito bites as we move into summer.” Assuredly, and as you will see, governments are doing more than merely publicizing the threat.

We researched our database and discovered, maybe not by coincidence, a notable spike in bid request activity beginning in December, 2015. Along with being able to provide a custom analysis, based on your geography of interest, and services/solutions requested, here is an infographic with general information, developed by one of our analysts.

Even NASA has gotten involved in assessing the potential threat. As reported today by Liz Szabo in USA Today, "NASA researchers plotted the Zika risk for 50 large U.S. cities based on factors such as whether the locations are home to the mosquito species that primarily spreads the virus, the Aedes aegypti. Researchers also considered temperature, rainfall, poverty, travel patterns and a history of disease outbreaks caused by Aedes aegypti." As noted above, our data reveals that Texas and Florida are two of the top four states in terms of applicable bids published. NASA projects, "South Florida and Texas have the greatest Zika risk." The complete story.

What is being done in your area to control mosquitoes and to combat the zika virus threat?

For more information on the applicable bid requests, contact us at 1.888.808.5356, or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Tuesday, April 26 2016

Road Salt, Sodium Chloride, Deicing: Industry Analysis Video Series

A look at the calendar, May is quickly approaching, and it's a balmy 80 degrees in Austin today! How can it be that there is still ice and snow in some places?

Purchase of road salt, sodium chloride, and other deicing solutions and services is a year round endeavor for many state, local, and other governments. Here was our analysis where we analyzed the relevant purchasing activity covering one 365 day timeframe.

Stay warm and safe and WATCH our video on this important industry:

For more information about the bid requests, give us a call at 1.888.808.5356, or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Thursday, April 21 2016

U.S. Governments Combat Terrorism

Turn on the television, peruse the internet, chat with your neighbor or co-worker. The fight against the terrorism threat isn't a topic exclusively on the minds of governments, military, and law enforcement. To combat the threat, as you are likely aware, U.S. federal, state, and local governments have taken a variety of actions, in part, through procurement and implementation of counterterrorism activities and a variety of countermeasures. What are your opinions on the current response?

Who is responsible for the safety and security of the United States? Some suggest, if we're doing things right, we all have a role. Whether you are one of the brave men and women proudly wearing one of the uniforms of our nation's military and on the frontlines, serve in law enforcement, in government, or you are an ordinary citizen, the responsibility is ours.

The government. Obviously, one of the primary responsibilities of every government should be the safety and security of the citizenry. Our nation's forefathers spelled it out in the Constitution wherein, article II, section 1, clause 1, assigns the executive powers to the President of the United States. In article II, section 2, clause 1, "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States and of the militia of the several states..."

Immediately after 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) combined the responsibilities and resources of 22 various federal departments. Direct from the department's website, the DHS summarizes their myriad of assignments, "Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is our founding principle and our highest priority."

The Department of Homeland Security's counterterrorism responsibilities focus on three goals:

  • Prevent terrorist attacks;
  • Prevent the unauthorized acquisition, importation, movement, or use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials and capabilities within the United States; and
  • Reduce the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and key resources, essential leadership, and major events to terrorist attacks and other hazards.

The Bureau of Counterterrorism is stationed within the U.S. State Department. The role of this bureau, as lifted directly from their website, "...forge partnerships with non-state actors, multilateral organizations, and foreign governments to advance the counterterrorism objectives and national security of the United States. Working with our U.S. Government counterterrorism team, CT takes a leading role in developing coordinated strategies to defeat terrorists abroad and in securing the cooperation of international partners."

So, there are a few notable and more publicized entities. However, active preparations and proactive measures against the terror threat reach every level of government, in every corner of the country. Along with the obvious source, the federal government, we identified relevant bid requests published from every state in the United States. As you will note below, some regions are more active than others. Because our database and search technology is based on keywords (more specific and reliable than codes), we were able to identify very specific services, solutions, and equipment requirements.

U.S. Government Bid Activity: Counterterrorism / Countermeasures

Starting with July '15, there were 640 bid requests submitted for services, solutions, and equipment related to counterterrorism and countermeasures. The following is the month by month breakdown:

U.S. regions with the highest bid request activity:

As part of our analysis, we grouped the solicitations:

Sample active bids / RFPs

Counterterrorism / Countermeasures

Instructor for Individual Terrorism Awareness Course VA
Threat Vulnerability Assessment MO
Threat Indicator Federal
Social Media Threat Monitoring Software NY
Airport Safety Consulting and Specialized Safety/Security Services at O'Hare IL
Facilities for the Department of Homeland Security Federal
Antiterrorism (AT) Staff Support HI
JIS Vulnerability Assessment Scan MD
Vehicle-Mobile CBRNE Grant CA
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Response & Training TX

Your opinion? When it comes to the terrorism threat, are U.S. government(s) actions appropriate, too much, too little?

Contact us at 1.888.808.5356, or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Wednesday, April 20 2016

Bridges and Bridge Infrastructure: Industry Analysis Video Series

How safe are the bridges you, your family, friends, and loved ones travel on? Last July, we completed research and distributed a report on the state of the U.S. bridges and bridge infrastructure. In summary, although some states and governments are taking action, the situation isn't very good.

We followed up on the report by going out into the field and filing this video analysis of the situation currently. You'll hear how the Federal Highway Administration recently reported there are 13 states in the U.S. with at least 12% of their bridges considered as "structurally deficient". What's being done?

Ride along with us and WATCH:

For more information about bid request activity targeted towards bridge repairs, call us at 1.888.808.5356, or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Tuesday, April 19 2016

Plumber Service and Plumbing Equipment Bid Requests

Back in February, we reported on the thousands of bid requests for HVAC services, equipment, and materials. The plumbing industry is comparably busy, due to the additional thousands of bid requests for plumbing-related services, equipment, and material. As a matter of fact, in the past twelve months, we identified 4,128 pertinent bid requests. While the plumbing industry is a $50+ billion market worldwide, we confined this study exclusively to U.S. and Canadian government purchases.

The bids originated from throughout the United States and Canada, from municipal governments to federal. There is no sign that this industry will be slowing down. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the "employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations."

Over the past 365 days, we noted March 2016 with the most applicable, one-month bid requests: 488. Clearly, government purchasing activity will continue to have a hand in this always.

The U.S. states from where the most requests were submitted:

  • Ohio: 421
  • California: 421
  • New York: 314
  • Virginia: 311
  • Texas: 262

Bid request trends over the past year:

While we didn't look at every conceivable plumbing-related service and solution, the following infographic chronicles some bid request information over the past year...

Plumber Service and Plumbing Equipment Bid Requests

Sample active bids / RFPs

Plumbing Services, Solutions, Equipment, Material ...

Plumbing Repair Services VA
Plumbing Supplies NJ
Steam Boilers WA
Storm Water Pump Station Maintenance and Repair CA
Raw Water Intake Bypass Piping TX

Do you have to register on a bunch of websites and pay to access bid documents? If you answered "yes", call us. Are you getting bid requests before your competitors? If the answer is "no", or "I think so", call us.

Contact us at 1.888.808.5356, or visit BidPrime to sign up for a free, no credit card required, zero obligation trial, or to review the full market analysis on this industry.
Bill Culhane
Friday, April 15 2016

'The Big Bid Theory' - The Boys are Back in Town... TBBT Season 2 is Off and Running

Welcome back! Jim looks back at his visits to Russia, China, SXSW, and elsewhere. Shirtless with Vladimir Putin and ice sculpting...there’s a visual. Not to be outdone, Bill drank a black russian in Arkansas and bought some fine dining dishes in Atlanta.

On a serious note, this is the first episode of Season 2. In this episode, Jim sets the bar way, way high. This #crazybids is, um, smoking. Can Jim top holodecks, Burning Man, biomimicry, and Mars from season 1? You be the judge.

In case you missed it, watch the TBBT press conference for the season launch.

Follow at your own risk. TBBT is on Spreaker, SoundCloud, iHeart, and iTunes. Also, the show is on Twitter, @thebigbidtheory.

Click on image to listen.

For more about TBBT, procurement, government bids, or purchasing information about your industry, call 888.808.5356 or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Thursday, April 14 2016

Bid Requests for Security, Emergency Response, and Loss Prevention

How safe is too safe? In the United States, people spend billions of dollars per year on home security. As a matter of fact, MarketsandMarkets projects that Americans will spend close to $35 billion on home security systems by 2017. Meanwhile, Gartner Inc., a technology research leader, reported back in September that, "Worldwide spending on information security will reach $75.4 billion in 2015, an increase of 4.7 percent over 2014..."

So, that about covers the investment in home and I.T. security. What about security at your place of business? Are physical security, patrols, security guards, loss prevention, surveillance, and access control a part of protecting the people and assets at your company?

We're interested. Why did, or didn't, you make an investment in security services and solutions?

Because of our line of work, in this analysis, we focused exclusively on U.S. security-related bid requests from federal, state, local, and education entities. We even broadened our research to include governments in Canada.

With governments requesting everything from holodecks, to meth lab equipment, to cigarettes, I'm not easily surprised by what comes out of government procurement. However, the number of security-type bid requests was astounding. As you will soon see in the below infographic, there were 3,721 topical bid requests from April 2015 through March 2016.

A robust 1,046 of those requests, over 28%, were initiated by state and local governments within the borders of the following U.S. states. Note: You can do the math - we certainly aren't suggesting that your security business should overlook the other states.

The U.S. states submitting the most requests:

  • California: 373
  • Florida: 221
  • Texas: 189
  • New York: 171
  • Virginia: 92

You want more data? See the following infographic for additional historical information on the bid requests...

Security, Emergency Response, Loss Prevention, ...

Have you had enough on the history of security bid requests? If you provide security-related services, solutions, and equipment look at the below actual, current bid requests. To also review the associated bid documents, simply contact us.

Sample active bids / RFPs

Security, Emergency Response, Loss Prevention, ...

Security Officers MO
Access Control & Video Surveillance Service LA
Emergency and Rapid Response Services PA
CCTV Security System Replacement CA
Security Consultant WI

Contact us at 1.888.808.5356, or visit BidPrime to sign up for a free, zero obligation trial.
Bill Culhane
Tuesday, April 12 2016

Attorney and Legal Services: Industry Analysis Video Series

During a recent twelve month time period, there were 720 bid requests for attorney and legal services and solutions. A vast majority of the requests were submitted by state, local, and education (SLED) entities.

One of our teams, led by Bill Culhane, visited the spectacular courthouse in Hays county, Texas. There were multiple requests for legal services, city attorney, contract attorney, prosecuting attorney, legal representation, legal software, legal equipment, etc...


Thank you for stopping by. For more information about these solicitations, call us at 1.888.808.5356, or visit BidPrime.
Bill Culhane
Friday, April 1 2016

Stephen Hetzel explains why the time to bid on contracts is decreasing...

The number of bids is increasing, meanwhile, the time to respond is decreasing. Stephen Hetzel sits down with Bill Culhane to explain why this is happening and the impact eprocurement, quick quotes, and other automation vehicles are having on government procurement.

As we reported recently in our blog, over the last 5 years, there has been a 36% drop in the average amount of time to bid. Specifically, the window from release to due date for Federal, State and Local bids in the USA dropped to 11.7 days in 2015. Find out why...


Thank you for watching. For more information, or to discuss bid timeframes, call us at 1.888.808.5356, or visit BidPrime.