The consolidation of FedTeDS
into FBO will save the government a projected $1.5 million annually.
The Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have issued a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to use the Federal Technical Data Solution (FedTedS
) Web site to grant access to and distribute solicitation requirements and other documents published by contracting officers when the contract is estimated to be $25,000 or more.
FedTeDS (www.fedteds.gov) is an online system federal agencies use to securely disseminate technical drawings, specifications, and other documents that may contain sensitive acquisition-related material to approved business partners.
Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle, Washington, finds FedTeDS especially useful for two-phase (public and limited) solicitations.
The MPIN is a personal code the user creates and registers in CCR for access to other government applications, such as the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS), and FedTeDS. The MPIN acts as the password in these other systems and should be guarded.
"We are proud to retire DoDTeDS knowing that the improved FedTeDS
is streamlining procurement processes for all Federal agencies."
FedTeDS is a secure site designed to control access to documents such as technical specifications, maps, building designs, schedules and the like that are not suitable for distribution through the publicly-accessible FedBizOpps site.
The FAR councils said agencies will still post their contracting opportunities on FedBizOpps, and will provide a link to FedTeDS for any sensitive, unclassified information.
Registered vendors can only see the contract information in FedTeDS by following the link from FedBizOpps, because there is no search capability within FedTeDS.