The Search screen is capable of executing simple and complex queries. We have designed and developed our search capabilities to specifically search Federal Opportunities.
In the next section, you will learn how to use the Search (GovSearch) page.
This is the main search panel where the user will spend most of their time to search and identify opportunities, contracts, and vendor information from our database. It is initially filtered to recently posted opportunities.
When using the search bar, users can filter result based on certain settings. These includes:
Opportunities: Opens with the most recently posted opportunities on FBO at the top in search results followed by FBO documents.
Contracts: Opens Prime Contracts at the top followed by Sub-Contracts and Vendors respectively.
Vendors: Allows users to search vendor profiles based on company name, socioeconomic status, NAICS code, PSC code, business type, state, country, etc. Opens vendors at the top followed by prime contracts and sub-contracts.
FAR: Allows the users to search all FAR references and opens FAR at the top.
On the right side, the user can sort results by date (default), relevance, ascending order (A-Z) and descending order (Z-A).
Enter the keyword you are searching in the blank text box on the left. The keyword field is capable of searching several areas such as opportunity title, agency, solicitation number, keywords within the solicitation description, vendor's name, keywords within in contract description, location, and so on.
Users can also run an advanced keyword search like exact match, Boolean (OR, AND), wildcard and grouping. Refer to Advanced Keyword Search.
In addition to keywords, users can apply filters to various datasets to narrow the search results. Refer to Applying Dataset Filters.
Click the plus () icon located on the right side of your keyword or press enter key to add additional-criteria to your search query. As you click the icon or press enter key, you will see the same keyword bubble on the right side.
To remove the keyword bubble, click the icon next to the bubble text. To remove everything or Reset search criteria, click the clear () button from the far right.
After you add search criteria to the text bubble, you must click the “search” () icon at the top right to apply the filters. Each time a change is made to the search criteria, click the “search” () icon to refresh/update the search results.
The Search Results Panel contains a list of the the matching results based on the user's keywords and applied filters.
After running the search, the list of relevant hits will be provided. Anything with a light-blue color is a clickable link (based on user subscription). For example:
Clicking on the card title (Eielson AFB Vindicator Engineering Support) opens the Opportunity Details page.
Clicking on Open FedBizOpps.Gov opens the actual FedBizOpps site with the opportunity details.
Clicking on adds the notice/opportunity to the Folders.
Clicking on lets you share the notice.
Note: This feature availability depends upon your subscription.
Users can narrow search results by clicking the Criteria to expand the filtering options for applicable datasets.
Applying Dataset Filters: You can narrow the search result using a filter or drill-down options within the Criteria checklist. Simply click the checkbox corresponding to the appropriate item to narrow your search results. You can also do the type-ahead search for the available picklist items.
Note: If you make a selection from the picklist, make sure to click the button to see updated results.
Sorting Result: To sort results, select one of the available options from "Sort By" located on the right side of Search Setting. By default, everything is sorted by date.
Applying Date Filter: You can narrow your search results by setting the date range and selecting the appropriate date or date range from the calendar ( ) icon located below the keyword textbox. Results are auto-updated in real-time based on date range selection.
Opportunity Mode: Opportunity Mode only displays opportunities that have a future response date.
Advanced Keyword Search
When using the Advanced Keyword Search there are guidelines for an array of search queries like specific phrases or wording. Below are helpful guidelines for the GovSearch's advanced keyword search.
The exact phrase ("search term"): To do an exact-match search, write your search term or query inside the double quote.
Example: To search for human trafficking as a phrase rather than two different terms, use "human trafficking".
OR: Search for X or Y. This will return results related to X or Y, or both. Note: the pipe (|) operator can also be used in place of “OR”.
Examples: jobs OR gates / jobs | gates
AND: Search for X and Y. This will return only results related to both X and Y.
Example: jobs AND gets
+"search term": Force an exact-match search on a single word or phrase.
Wildcards (*): It can be used to run on individual terms, using ? to replace a single character and * to replace zero or more characters.
Example: qu?ck bro*
Note: It is not an ideal way to search as it uses an enormous amount of memory and performs very badly. Allowing a wildcard at the beginning of a word (eg “*ing”) is particularly heavy, because all terms in the index need to be examined, just in case they match.
Boolean Operator: By default, all terms are optional, as long as one term matches. A search for foo bar baz will find any document that contains one or more of foo or bar or baz. The preferred operators are + (this term must be present) and - (this term must not be present). All other terms are optional.
For example, this query:
quick brown +fox -news
fox must be present
news must not be present
quick and brown are optional - their presence increases the relevance
The familiar operators AND, OR and NOT are supported. However, the effects of these operators can be more complicated than is obvious at first glance. NOT takes precedence over AND, which takes precedence over OR. While the + and - only affect the term to the right of the operator, AND and OR can affect the terms to the left and right.
Grouping: Multiple terms or clauses can be grouped together with parentheses, to form sub-queries.
Example: (quick OR brown) and fox
Premium members have the ability to search without any ads allowing users to surf without any distractions.